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Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

14th Oct 2019 - 20th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £10 (£7 for members of 'Neighbourhood Watch' - free to join)

The unscripted, unconventional and uplifting comedy hit of Bristol - packed with drama, romance and big laughs! Perfect for newcomers or follow the story unfold with a unique episode every other Monday

Hilarious and heartfelt, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera has absolutely no script, making every performance utterly unique with an electric atmosphere! Think Eastenders meets The League of Gentlemen, via Love Island. Who knows what will happen? Maybe a passionate love affair, a kidnapping, a flashbacks, bar-fight or a nail-biting cliff-hanger? Whether it’s your … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Kiota

15th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £6

A collective for POC creatives in Bristol

Join us for KIOTA: A Collective For POC Creatives in Bristol, showcasing people of colour (POC) or BAME creatives from various artistic disciplines in a fantastic evening of performance followed by networking opportunities. Kiota are committed to creating original collaborations between POC artists of different disciplines who wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to work together … More Kiota

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

Louise Orwin: Oh Yes Oh No

16th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

This is a show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics - it’s about trying to understanding what you want, and wondering how the hell to ask for it

Award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she takes you on a surreal joyride through femme sexuality and violence. Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex life, this one-woman show interrogates identity, consent and power play. Featuring explicit XXX, Barbie’n’Ken role-play, a … More Louise Orwin: Oh Yes Oh No

Theatre

Tony Walsh (plus special guest Stephen James Smith)

17th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £12

Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist … More Tony Walsh (plus special guest Stephen James Smith)

Spoken Word

John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

18th Oct 2019
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Two Time Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner and Four Time Chortle Award Nominee John Kearns returns! Still a slave to dairy, the Gregorian calendar and Greenwich Mean Time, he is flesh and blood after all. A funny man, not for everyone of course, but remember this mustn’t be mistaken as an invite rather a heads up. … More John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

Comedy

Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

18th Oct 2019 - 15th May 2020
12.30pm-2pm (with interval) | £8 advance (£10 on the door)

Bristol's adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to, lovingly curated and compered by Angie Belcher

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one so what better way to cope with it than through stand up comedy! Aftermirth is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to. Each show we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and … More Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

Comedy Family

Circus City 2019: KooKoo The Birdgirl

19th Oct 2019
6pm & 9pm | £10

UK Premiere of Sarah Houbolt's one-woman show, showing as part of Circus City: the UK’s only festival dedicated to contemporary circus

The 1932 film ‘Freaks’ was so controversial for its time that it was banned for 30 years (it’s number 72 in the list of ‘1001 Movies to See Before You Die’). One of its stars was Minnie Woolsley who played KooKoo the Birdgirl. Her unusual career freed her from life in an asylum. Minnie was … More Circus City 2019: KooKoo The Birdgirl

Story Slam

20th Oct 2019 - 19th Apr 2020
2pm | £8 (£5 conc.)

Bristol's true storytelling event, presented by Story Slam: Bristol - held on the third Sunday of every month

A hugely popular community driven storytelling event, Story Slam is where you can hear people’s amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a story, or just head along and enjoy everyone else’s. Each month has … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Adventure Bureau

20th Oct 2019 - 15th Dec 2019
11am | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

A brilliantly fun interactive storytelling show for ages 3-8 and their families, presented by Katie Storer and Simon Panrucker

Katie and Simon are coming on a special trip from the Adventure Bureau, an ancient organisation whose job it is to create all the adventures EVER! With the help of your biggest (and smallest) ideas, they will weave a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go … More Adventure Bureau

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Sunday Club: Micky Overman & Guests

20th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Micky is one of the most promising and exciting acts to hit the circuit in years. A bedrock of surgically sharp writing combined with a cool and confident delivery make her an exceptional comedian. Her material moves quickly from devastating honesty, to brutal whimsy, to on-point social observations. She already has the aura of a … More Sunday Club: Micky Overman & Guests

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Drystones + Jim Causley

21st Oct 2019
8upm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’ (David Kidman – FATEA), and … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Drystones + Jim Causley

Music

Getting The Third Degree

22nd Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

The powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham, the first black footballer to play for Real Madrid and only the second to play for England in the 1970s, by Dougie Blaxland - produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre

This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. … More Getting The Third Degree

Best of Bristol Theatre

Great British Mysteries: 1599?

23rd Oct 2019 - 26th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

Let us take you back to the 90s... The 1590s... Follow intrepid mystery hunters Olive and Teddy in this hilarious show as they become embroiled with witches, haunted houses and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience

Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you know the difference between Thomas More and Roger Moore? Then read on… Great British Mysteries come to The Wardrobe Theatre for the first time following two sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. 1599? is the follow-up to the company’s debut show from 2017. But … More Great British Mysteries: 1599?

Comedy Theatre

Sunday Club: Michael J Dolan & Guests

27th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Michael J Dolan is a truly unique act, a self-confessed misanthrope and comic curmudgeon, he presents his own twisted philosophy and promises an onslaught of hilarious negativity with caustic insights and exquisitely written material. Michael has built a reputation as a highly cerebral comic with the innate ability to make audiences contemplate the world from … More Sunday Club: Michael J Dolan & Guests

Comedy

Woodland Tales With Granddad

27th Oct 2019 - 2nd Nov 2019
11am & 2pm (no 11am on 27th) | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Following the enchanting 'Fireside Tales' and 'Christmas Tales' comes a magical new puppetry show with Granddad from Pickled Image for ages 3-8 and their families with an important environmental message

Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard, and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the woodlouse and Willoughby the woodpecker are worried. Velda the vixen knows there’s only one … More Woodland Tales With Granddad

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Loupe Theatre Presents

27th Oct 2019 - 26th Apr 2020
5pm (4pm in December) | Pay What You Decide

A monthly night of storytelling, music, theatre and spoken word curated and hosted by Loupe Theatre, showcasing the best in new talent from Bristol and beyond

Sharp Teeth Presents is passing on the baton… The legacy of Sharp Teeth Presents will live on through the fresh-faced, eager beavers; Loupe Theatre Company, who are taking over these monthly Sundays from September 2019. Each month Loupe will bring together performances from a collection of artists from the South West (and other places). From … More Loupe Theatre Presents

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

28th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £7

Halloween Special of the unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for 8 years and over 150 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The … More Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

George Rigden: Spooning With Uri

29th Oct 2019
8pm | £8

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with some of the country's most popular comedians

As a child, George Rigden (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year nominee 2017) was friends with Uri Geller for two years. This is the bizarre but true story of that friendship. In the wake of Operation Yewtree and the #MeToo movement, this is a tale that is as relevant as it is profitable (TBC). A … More George Rigden: Spooning With Uri

Comedy

Jordan Brookes: I’ve Got Nothing

30th Oct 2019
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner 2019 No tricks. No gimmicks. No plan. Just an hour in my company as we reach the end. Things will be over soon. We’re nearly there everyone! Great work. But before we go, I’m making one last attempt to find connection in the here and now, to snuffle out any … More Jordan Brookes: I’ve Got Nothing

Comedy

TOURING – The Deep Sea Seekers

30th Oct 2019 - 2nd Nov 2019
Times Vary | From £8

Alph, Betty and Gammo are back for their third adventure! A brand new family show for ages 3-8 from The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre - performed at Bristol Old Vic this October half term

BUY TICKETS – PERFORMED AT BRISTOL OLD VIC Have you ever dreamt of swimming with a pod of dolphins? Having an arm wrestle with an octopus? Exploring the depths of the ocean in a submarine? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take … More TOURING – The Deep Sea Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

31st Oct 2019 - 1st Nov 2019
7.30pm | £10

An award-winning, unique, heart-wrenching, hybrid horror/musical comedy that leaves you convulsing in terror and delight, with live scares and unforgettable songs from Alexander Joseph and Ro Robertson - presented by Wig In A Box Promotions

Movie lovers Sophie and Megan invite you to their seminar on the history of horror cinema, according to them! After a vintage shopping trip with the most popular girl in college: Abigail Swanson, it becomes apparent that Megan has acquired a haunted necklace, and as the seminar progresses, a threatening supernatural force begins to rear … More Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Comedy Music

Henry Paker: Man Alive

2nd Nov 2019
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Star of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, Josh (BBC3) and co-writer and star of Radio 4’s Small Scenes, Henry’s latest show is a unique mixture of stand up comedy and illustration which took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. A delightfully twisty and turny hour in which Henry uses cartoons to tell a story about … More Henry Paker: Man Alive

Comedy

Sunday Club: Angela Barnes & Guests

3rd Nov 2019
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

After a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes took the plunge and embarked on her life-long dream to be a comedian. Within a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since 2011, Angela … More Sunday Club: Angela Barnes & Guests

Comedy

ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

3rd Nov 2019
2pm | Pay What You Decide

A thrilling afternoon of unfinished, one-off, work-in-progress performances by some of Bristol’s most exciting theatre makers, presented by The Wardrobe Theatre

The Wardrobe Theatre is proud to present the return of our scratch night, ITCH! An extravaganza of unfinished, one-off works-in-progress of varying artistic disciplines with the unique opportunity to react and give feedback to the artists and theatre companies in the early stages of developing new work, to help shape it. Interested in being part … More ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

Best of Bristol Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brìghde Chaimbeul

4th Nov 2019
8pm | £12 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brìghde Chaimbeul

Music

Milk Poetry presents: John Hegley

5th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for!

A special edition of Milk brings our friend John Hegley to The Wardrobe Theatre. Performance poet, comedian and musician John Hegley is one of the pioneers of the British poetry scene. He’s been performing since the late 80s, from gracing the stage at The Comedy Store to becoming a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. … More Milk Poetry presents: John Hegley

Spoken Word

Sir David & His Animals

6th Nov 2019 - 8th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £10

Join Clownfish Theatre for the magic of David Attenborough in an epic clowning and physical theatre show with the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage!

The magic of David Attenborough live on stage! A blue whale swims through the ocean depths. Racer snakes pursue a young iguana across the desert. Watch as two hapless but enthusiastic clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world – a world teetering on the brink of disaster. Catch this sell-out five star show for … More Sir David & His Animals

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club

9th Nov 2019 - 15th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

A quarterly drag-cabaret night like no other!

Hapless Paul Marsden (Harry Humberstone) has been running this northern, working men’s club, for 40 odd years, but recently his son (local drag artist Roxytocin), has been booking the acts. The ladies seem to be getting taller and more fabulous. The men seem to be getting shorter and smoother skinned. Paul doesn’t know what’s going … More The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Sunday Club: Fin Taylor & Guests

10th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Fin Taylor has made a name for himself as one of the most talked about comedians working in the UK. His successive Edinburgh shows Whitey McWhiteface, Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey and When Harassy Met Sally were 5 star sell-out runs, and cemented his reputation as a fiercely funny and uncompromising social commentator. He went on … More Sunday Club: Fin Taylor & Guests

Comedy

How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

10th Nov 2019
2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Ever wondered how politics works? This comedy show for ages 6+ and their families will explain all - presented by Chuckle Busters

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults… Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC’s The Slammer) know exactly how and will show you over 60 minutes just how to make … More How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

Comedy Family

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

12th Nov 2019 - 16th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £12

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach Theatre (Tank, The Beanfield) are back with a stunning restaging of the Artemisia Gentileschi rape trial that gripped 1612 Italy, asking how much has changed in the last four centuries?

“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him – did I not mention that?” Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play … More It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

Theatre

WORKSHOP: Devising theatre from historical sources with Breach Theatre

13th Nov 2019
3pm-5pm at Cooper's Loft, Bristol Old Vic | Free (spaces limited)

The company behind It's True, It's True, It's True present a free workshop for theatre-makers, presented by The Wardrobe Theatre in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Ferment

BOOK YOUR PLACE – AT BRISTOL OLD VIC Devising theatre from historical sources: working with the texts and images that inspired the award-winning courtroom drama, this two-hour session will explore how to find characters, narrative and scenes in archival material. Moving beyond conventional ideas of “truth” in staging real-life stories, it will consider the limits … More WORKSHOP: Devising theatre from historical sources with Breach Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stick In The Wheel

17th Nov 2019
8pm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on music, widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. East London’s Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on music, with the group widely commended for their timely … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stick In The Wheel

Music

Drac & Jill

21st Nov 2019 - 19th Jan 2020
7.45pm (plus 2pm matinees) | All Tickets £15

Christmas 2019 with The Wardrobe Theatre - a brand new dark comedy from the company that spawned Oedipuss In Boots, Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Under the milky glow of the full moon and through the twisted limbs of the Transylvanian woods, strange blood-chilling noises can be heard coming from inside Count Drac’s castle. Far away, within the crumbling walls of a remote hilltop monastery, Sister Jill has dedicated her life to chastity and fetching pails of water. But when … More Drac & Jill

Best of Bristol Christmas Comedy Theatre

Sunday Club: Sadia Azmat & Guests

24th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Host of the BBC podcast No Country for Young Women, Sadia is one of the most unique and outrageous voices in young British Comedy. Finalist – 2011 Funny Women Awards “A very funny and promising new comedian.” Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4 “Hilarious and insightful.” Sunday Times PLUS GUESTS! Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Katherine Priddy (plus Steph Grace)

2nd Dec 2019
8pm | £12 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Original songs delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness but carrying a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The last year months have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based folk artist Katherine Priddy, who, having recently emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP ‘Wolf’, has been turning heads and steadily gaining notoriety. ‘Wolf’ has … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Katherine Priddy (plus Steph Grace)

Music

TOURING – Kirk vs Ming

5th Dec 2019 - 30th Dec 2019
7.15pm (5th-20th) or 7.45pm (21st-30th) | £12-£17

Bad Vs Evil in association with The Wardrobe Theatre present a lo-fi clash between two of the universe’s most revered science fiction titans this Christmas at Tobacco Factory Theatres

BUY TICKETS – PERFORMED AT TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES Bad Vs Evil present an exciting, subversive sci-fi/drag/comedy play with laser beams, ill-fitting costumes and false eyelashes. Thought you knew what to expect from your Christmas theatre? Think again… On the outer reaches of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching an Evil Plan. Intergalactic domination … More TOURING – Kirk vs Ming

Nick Cope

8th Dec 2019
11am & 2pm | £8 (2s and under go free)

With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith, the popular Nick Cope returns to The Wardrobe Theatre to perform his special live music gig for children

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter, and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army … More Nick Cope

Family Music

TOURING – Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

8th Dec 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
7pm | £15 (£12 conc.) | Performed at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Something distinctly Victorian and brandy buttered onboard Brunel's SS Great Britain, presented by the creators of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This December join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions! Closer … More TOURING – Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

Best of Bristol Christmas Comedy Theatre

Milk Poetry & Blahblahblah: If Music be the Food of Love…

9th Dec 2019
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry join forces with the iconic Blahblahblah for an epic Christmas celebration!

Poetry and music are soul sisters. So, this December we’re bringing them together a poetic symphony to warm your cockles and your toes. Grab yourself a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie from the Old Market Assembly bar and let our specially selected line up of musical poets and poetic musicians do their … More Milk Poetry & Blahblahblah: If Music be the Food of Love…

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Undercover Christmas Club

12th Dec 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
9.45pm | £10

Riddlestick Theatre present a late evening of riotous festive revelry with live music, tall tales and belly laughs - but it’s supposed to be a secret, so keep it under wraps...

England. 1647. Celebrating Christmas has been banned by those pesky Puritans. Carols are criminal. Turkey’s taboo. Banquets are banished and stage-plays prohibited. In fact, festivities of any kind are quite frankly forbidden. But we don’t give a figgy pudding. Here at the Undercover Christmas Club, misrule and mayhem are on the menu. Hidden away from … More Undercover Christmas Club

Best of Bristol Christmas Comedy Music Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern

16th Dec 2019
8pm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

British Australian musician Jamie Doe draws on a wide range of sounds and textures, from finger picking to pulsating grooves, lush string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of British Australian musician Jamie Doe. ‘To The Islands’ is his stunning third album released on 2 November 2018. Drawing on a wide range of influences from folk, jazz and … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern

Music

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

19th Dec 2019 - 31st Dec 2019
11am & 2pm (11am only on 21st, 27th, 30th) | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

This Christmas, what if you discovered that your grouchy neighbour is actually a wizard?! Join Soap Soup Theatre (The Snow Baby, The Selfish Giant) and Open Attic Company (Much Ado About Puffin) for a magical new show for ages 3-8 and their families

‘This Christmas, whatever you do, don’t forget the magic word…!’ What if you uncovered the secret that your grouchy neighbour is actually a wizard whose house is powered entirely by magic? And what if agreeing to feed their cat while they’re away during the Christmas holidays turned into an adventure that threatens to spiral out … More The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Best of Bristol Christmas Family Theatre

Monster

21st Jan 2020 - 23rd Jan 2020
7.30pm | £10

Following the multi award-winning Labels (Fringe First 2015), internationally acclaimed Worklight Theatre present a startling new play about the conflicting masculinities we perform

‘This is a story abut a boy. And a girl. Some of it’s true. Some of it isn’t. But I’m not going to tell you which is which.’ Writer-performer Joe Sellman-Leava blends together vastly different voices (including Mike Tyson, Patrick Stewart and Shakespeare) into a one-man epic where heroes clash with villains, men become monsters, … More Monster

Theatre

Labels

24th Jan 2020
7.30pm | £10

Worklight Theatre’s multi-award winning show is a funny, moving and honest story about mixed heritage and immigration

Using humour and honesty, Labels offers a human story from multicultural Britain – charting a childhood in 90’s Devon, shifting political landscapes and global refugee crisis. Expect paper planes, racist romances and lots of sticky labels! WINNER of 5 international awards, including Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015 “Powerful, important and funny.” Emma Thompson “Terrific and … More Labels

Theatre

Ben Vardy presents: One Pun For Every Country In The World

29th Jan 2020 - 30th Jan 2020
7.30pm | £7 (£6 conc.)

UK Pun Champion 2017 and co-founder of The Wardrobe Ensemble, Ben Vardy, presents a work in progress performance of his brand new solo show featuring 195 countries and 195 puns

Do you like puns? Do you like geography? Atlas-t, your wait is over; here is the show that combines your two strange, disparate passions into one glorious, uninterrupted pun-based whole. Forget Happy Hour, this is a Mappy Hour: 60 minutes of high-concept, high-octane, geographic wordplay from the 2017 UK Pun Champion, Ben Vardy (Pundemonium). Having … More Ben Vardy presents: One Pun For Every Country In The World

Best of Bristol Comedy

Bristol Know Show

31st Jan 2020
7.30pm | £8

Presented by Sci X Southwest - performing experiments, science comedy and cabaret in Bristol

Looking for a lively night out, featuring comedy and performance about loads of different topics? We got you. From video games to dinosaurs, exploding stars to star-nosed moles, our performers will bring you a world of science-and-technology-vaguely-related-content, spiced with jokes to help the facts go down. Brought to you by Sci X SW, Bristol-based science/comedy/entertainment … More Bristol Know Show

Best of Bristol Comedy

Jessica Fostekew: Hench

1st Feb 2020
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat but funny. As seen on Motherland, Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls. Soon to appear in forthcoming feature films … More Jessica Fostekew: Hench

Comedy

Max & Ivan: Commitment

2nd Feb 2020
7.30pm | £14 (£13 conc.)

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with some of the country's most popular comedians

Say “I do” to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen on W1A (BBC One) and heard on The Casebook of Max & Ivan (BBC Radio 4). Commitment is the true story of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend … More Max & Ivan: Commitment

Comedy

Catherine Bohart

6th Feb 2020
8pm | £11

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Join the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report as she smashes stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. “Destined for stardom.” Evening Standard “The laughs keep coming and, finally, so … More Catherine Bohart

Comedy

Frills & Spills

7th Feb 2020 - 8th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

Lecoq-trained clowns Stumble Trip Theatre combine their "multiple skills, classic storytelling and madcap humour" with extravagant costume in a raucous new show about power and privilege

You’re invite to the fancy, farcical and frivolous world of Frills & Spills. They’re here to delight, to excite and to cleanse your soul of it’s daily dirt darling. Stumble Trip combine their “multiple skills, classic storytelling and madcap humour” (FringeReview) with extravagant costume, in a raucous show about power & privilege. Expect french fancies … More Frills & Spills

Best of Bristol Comedy

Rob Auton: The Time Show

17th Feb 2020 - 18th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £12

The award winning stand-up comedian and poet returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores time

The Time Show is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton. Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, “the Fringe’s comedian laureate” (British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will … More Rob Auton: The Time Show

Comedy Spoken Word

Drip Drip Drip

19th Feb 2020 - 20th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

A story of bigotry, belonging, and a cat called Roger, set in the NHS - from Pipeline Theatre

Bed 6, Oncology ward, a local NHS hospital. Behind the blue curtain – Daniel, a refugee from Eritrea, now training to be a nurse; Rahmiya, a second-generation immigrant Muslim doctor; and David, elderly white cancer patient and discredited academic, fretting about his cat, Roger. Over time, carers and cared-for become an unlikely, dysfunctional family. But … More Drip Drip Drip

Theatre

Luna: a play about the Moon

21st Feb 2020 - 23rd Feb 2020
2pm & 4.30pm (21st), 11am & 2pm (22nd & 23rd) | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

50 years since man first walked on the moon, Roustabout present a glorious celebration of our relationship with our closest cosmic companion - for ages 5+ and their families

We are entranced by the Moon. It controls our tides, marks our time, and has inspired countless stories, myths, songs, and poems. And in July 1969, we walked on its surface. Featuring astronauts, lovelorn science teachers, werewolves, and a special guest appearance by the Moon itself, supported by a talented cast of household objects, Luna … More Luna: a play about the Moon

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Rhys James: Snitch

21st Feb 2020 - 22nd Feb 2020
8pm | £13

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians, presented by Show And Tell in association with United Agents

Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour. In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he ghosted the teacher who … More Rhys James: Snitch

Comedy

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

26th Feb 2020 - 28th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

Award-winning Rhys Slade-Jones presents an all-singing, all-dancing re-enactment of Mam’s diary - a frenzied solo cabaret mixing stand-up, dance and good ol’ fashioned singalong, bringing 1977 Treherbert Rugby Club back to life

In Treherbert Rugby Club amongst the fag smoke and the singing, Rhys’s parents fell in love. Rhys has never fallen in love but heard it’s a nice thing to do because that’s what his Mam said. It’s in her diary. And Rhys has read it all. Award-winning performance artist Rhys Slade-Jones takes their audience to … More The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

Comedy Dance Theatre

Coulrophobia

3rd Mar 2020 - 7th Mar 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12

Back by popular demand!! Two clowns trapped in a cardboard world, a hysterical comedy from Opposable Thumb Theatre

Dik and Adam are clowns! They couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, let alone a surreal cardboard world. Why are they there and what are they supposed to be doing? They know something sinister is afoot (wearing really big shoes…) and they need to get out before it’s too late. Join them … More Coulrophobia

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

One Duck Down

8th Mar 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (2s and under go free)

7000 Rubber Ducks. 7 Seas. 1 Big Adventure - Winner of Best Family Show at Vault Festival 2018, Faceplant Theatre present a wonderful, eco-friendly story for ages 3-8 and their families

A five-star comedy adventure packed with clowning, music and puppetry, and with a set and props made out of recycled rubbish, this eco-friendly show “would make David Attenborough proud” (★★★★ The Reviews Hub). Our unlikely but lovable hero Billy is prepared to venture to the ends of the earth to win the affections of his … More One Duck Down

Family

Cecilia Knapp: Losing The Night

10th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

A stunning new show from the poet, playwright and performer Cecilia Knapp

‘What would you say to him? If he was here? Right now? Drinking at this bar?’ A pub. A long shift. Two mates and a whole heap of unruly memories. How do we remember those who aren’t here anymore? Do we always put them on a pedestal? How do we find the language to talk … More Cecilia Knapp: Losing The Night

Spoken Word

Six Wives Of Henry VIII

12th Mar 2020 - 14th Mar 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12 (£10 conc.)

The brilliant Living Spit present their hysterical, self-referential romp through history with live music, embroidery and barbie dolls - you may just laugh your head off

Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s no escaping that. Stu Mcloughlin doesn’t really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go. After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits’ end. Then they hit upon an idea for … More Six Wives Of Henry VIII

Best of Bristol Comedy

Peter Clifford’s Magical Mythologies

17th Mar 2020 - 21st Mar 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Discover why you can’t trust your eyes... and you may well not believe your mind, with Peter Clifford’s latest, mind-melting magic show

“Peter Clifford is one of my favourite magicians and one of the loveliest people I know… Do everything you can to get tickets!” Derren Brown In the intimate and exciting space of The Wardrobe Theatre, Peter Clifford will weave his magic around stories of life, conjuring and the wonders of the world. Join him as … More Peter Clifford’s Magical Mythologies

Best of Bristol Comedy

Fiji

25th Mar 2020 - 26th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

A cannibalistic romantic comedy - a brand new play presented by Conflicted Theatre and Clay Party (Pleasance Future Award Winner 2018)

‘I’m offering you the chance to eat me alive. For who really wants it, a genuine victim.’ Nick and Sam have a date this weekend and if things go well it will be the first and last time they will ever see each other. You see Nick wants to eat Sam… and Sam really wants … More Fiji

Best of Bristol Theatre

A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)

27th Mar 2020 - 28th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

A bold new play about crisis, darkness, cities and hope from Holy What

It’s the future. But only slightly. There are blackouts. No one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them… ​Originally supported and developed … More A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)

Theatre

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

30th Mar 2020 - 4th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £12 on Mon-Thurs, £14 (£12 conc.) on Fri & Sat

From the Fringe First, Total Theatre and Arches Brick award-winning makers of cult hits Dollywould and Letters To Windsor House, lads on tour Sh!t Theatre want to talk about home and how cheap the beers are in Malta - presented by Show And Tell in association with Soho Theatre

Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta, having missed out on Hull last year. They went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected. Lads on tour Sh!t Theatre want to talk about home, your … More Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

Comedy Theatre

Sexy Lamp

8th Apr 2020 - 9th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £10

Katie Arnstein presents her multi award-winning solo show that combines comedy, original songs and storytelling to shed a bright light on how ridiculous the arts industry can be

‘So I figured if McDonald’s can call itself a restaurant, I can call myself an actor’. Ever since Katie was cast as the lead in her primary school Christmas show ‘Santa’s Snow Mobile’ she believed there was a place for her in show business. Since then named, speaking and fully clothed roles have been hard … More Sexy Lamp

Comedy Theatre

Nutty Noah

3rd May 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic for children 3-8 and their families

Come along, take a seat, get ready and go nuts with Nutty Noah at this fabulously funny, musical and magical entertainment show. Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness to The Wardrobe Theatre, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic. If you ask him nicely, he will even balance … More Nutty Noah

Comedy Family