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Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

25th Mar - 8th Jul
7.30pm | £7

The unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show continuing the world's longest improvised narrative every other Monday

SPECIALS: Easter Monday Special: 22nd April 2019 – TICKETS Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for nearly 8 years and over 150 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Rheingans Sisters

26th Mar
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

These winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Drawing on their pan-European … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Rheingans Sisters

Music

Vulvarine

27th Mar - 30th Mar
7.30pm | £12

A slick and hilarious new superhero musical from Fat Rascal Theatre - 'Who can stand up to the tampon tax and stop the Mansplainer? Vulvarine, saviour of womankind!'

Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind! Where is all the … More Vulvarine

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

29th Mar - 16th Aug
12.30pm-2pm (with interval) | £8

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

Friday Night Comedy – Bec Hill & Pat Cahill

29th Mar
9.45pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars

Regular Friday nights Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. … More Friday Night Comedy – Bec Hill & Pat Cahill

Comedy

Sharp Teeth

31st Mar - 28th Jul
6pm | Pay What You Decide

Stimulate your Sunday brain by coming down to Sharp Teeth's monthly night of many genres

For the last four years Sharp Teeth Theatre have been bringing together theatre, storytelling, poetry and music to create a night of riotous Sunday fun. They’ve had raps about stolen bikes, poems about cottaging, performances from drag kings, new writing about women who climb the shard, and improvised storytelling about Lance Armstrong getting lost in … More Sharp Teeth

Best of Bristol Music Spoken Word Theatre

Story Slam Presents: Lightning Round

31st Mar
2pm | £4 on the door (no advance tickets)

This March 'Story Slam: Bristol' have something a little different in addition to their regular scheduling... a lightning round! ⚡⚡

For those who have been to our main show before, you will know that between hearing live stories told up on stage, we also hear short anonymous stories written by the audience and read out by the host. These short anonymous stories are often so funny, touching, sad, thought provoking, original and exciting, that we … More Story Slam Presents: Lightning Round

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Show & Tell

1st Apr - 29th Jul
8pm | £5

A comedy night with a difference! Open mic nights can be laddy, exclusionary and quite frankly we are sick of penis* jokes - Show & Tell by Sophie and Lucy Bishop is a friendly platform that encourages new performers (especially women!)

Show & Tell has a different theme each time, and you can experience the best of Bristol’s new talent through a series of short 5 minute performances. You can even participate in the Q & A after each performer’s slot. Show & Tell performers bring an artefact with them to pass around, or sometimes they … More Show & Tell

Best of Bristol Comedy

The Jurassic Parks

2nd Apr - 13th Apr
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Sat 13th) | £12 (£10 conc.)

Superbolt Theatre present their sell-out multi-award winning laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic - an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and megalithic mayhem

Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – embark on a journey to a misty past. Where, when things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs. This laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic is a theatrical celebration of … More The Jurassic Parks

Comedy Theatre

Stella & The Starshiners

6th Apr - 10th Apr
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Open Attic Company, creators of the beautiful Much Ado About Puffin, present a magical new adventure for ages 3-8 and their families where we make unexpected new friends and reach for the stars

In a secret place at the top of everything stands the tallest mountain in the world. On the peak of the mountain sits a tiny little village. In the centre of the village leans the tallest ladder in the world. At the bottom of the ladder is Stella. Stella is afraid of heights. With their … More Stella & The Starshiners

Best of Bristol Family

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Marshes (featuring Beth Porter) plus Stanlæy

7th Apr
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

The new incarnation of Beth Porter & The Availables - charmingly orchestrated songs with a full band, strings, wind and brass

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. MARSHES Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables. Having recorded the album before her daughter Molly was born and finishing it after, (thanks to an Indiegogo fund-raising Campaign) it feels like a life … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Marshes (featuring Beth Porter) plus Stanlæy

Music

Nincompoop

14th Apr - 9th Jun
7pm | Pay What You Decide

A face-achingly funny monthly night of alternative comedy where anything can happen and quite often does

The South West’s best and most absurd alternative comedy event, Nincompoop showcases the very best new ideas in comedy, clowning, fooling, slapstick, mime, audience participation, mischief and tomfoolery. Hosted by an array of loveable idiots including Deirdre Me and Bertie Boulevard, previous Nincompoops have included: speed dating with alphabetti-spaghetti, an invisible plate spinner, a bride’s … More Nincompoop

Best of Bristol Comedy

Blahblahblah: Dead or Alive Slam

15th Apr
7.30pm | £8

Witness a battle of words and wit as 3 the UK's leading slam poets challenge 3 the UK’s most beloved, celebrated and sadly dead poets

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays Witness a battle of words and wit as three of the UK’s leading – and very much alive – slam poets challenge three of the UK’s most beloved, celebrated, and sadly dead poets (brought back … More Blahblahblah: Dead or Alive Slam

Spoken Word

The Long Walk Back

16th Apr - 17th Apr
7.30pm | £10

The epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace, by Dougie Blaxland - produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre

Based on real live events, ​The Long Walk Back​ tells the epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace. England cricketing all-rounder Chris Lewis enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1990s playing 85 Tests and One Day Internationals for England. He seemed on the verge of greatness when … More The Long Walk Back

Best of Bristol Theatre

The Deep Sea Seekers

17th Apr - 22nd Apr
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

After stunning audiences at National Theatre with The Star Seekers, 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 this Easter Holidays

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 the steering wheel! Following on from the stellar … More The Deep Sea Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Lloyd Griffith: All-Rounder

18th Apr
8pm | £11 (£9 conc.)

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

After the success of his sold out 2017/18 UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM, Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show. Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a bit of choral singing, jokes, maybe a fact about a Cathedral, jokes and probably the story about about that … More Lloyd Griffith: All-Rounder

Comedy

Beyond The Ridiculous

19th Apr - 21st Apr
7.30pm | £10

Holly Stoppit and Beyond The Ridiculous return to The Wardrobe Theatre for a 3-night celebration of the human condition!

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.” The Huffington Post Beyond The Ridiculous perform ‘Fooling’, a solo improvisation form, where the fools use their own real life stories, feelings and thoughts as source material, choosing from a range of performance techniques, including storytelling, character-work, clowning, physical theatre, movement and live music to create audaciously authentic, gob-smackingly … More Beyond The Ridiculous

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Story Slam

21st Apr - 18th Aug
2pm | £8 (£5 conc.)

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

Story Slam’s ticketing and price increase announcement 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 … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Moore Moss Rutter

23rd Apr
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

Tom Moore (fiddle and viola), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar) won the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and are widely regarded as three of the best traditional folk players of their generation

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. It has been 3 years since the release of Moore Moss Rutter’s second studio album ‘II’ – and there is a heightened sense of anticipation around the reunion of Tom Moore (fiddle, viola), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Moore Moss Rutter

Music

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

24th Apr
8pm | £13

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

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun. RECOMMENDED SHOW – British Comedy Guide 2018 “Master of dark humour and … More Andrew Lawrence: Clean

Comedy

Endless featuring N:Dless

25th Apr - 26th Apr
7.30pm | £10

Live music, comedy, pop videos and documentary interviews collide to bring you a tale of (very little) sex, (a smattering of) drugs and the unexpected phobias from a life of rock and roll, by Cornwall's Trifle Gathering

Live music, comedy, pop videos and documentary interviews collide to bring you a tale of (very little) sex, (a smattering of) drugs and the unexpected phobias from a life of rock and roll. It’s not Spinal Tap, Top of the Pops or the Bros Documentary but if you liked those you might like this and … More Endless featuring N:Dless

Comedy Music Theatre

We Want You To Watch

30th Apr - 4th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £12

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2019: Alice Birch and Rashdash's bold show about wanting to eradicate porn forever

Pig and Sissy want to eradicate porn forever. This is not an easy thing to do, but they’re trying. They feel they have to. To be clear, they’re not prudes, or conservative, or Catholic. This is not a show about love, or desire, or even sex. This is just about pornography. Kind of. By Alice … More We Want You To Watch

Best of Bristol Theatre

Nick Cope

5th May
11am & 2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, 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

Ben Osborn – Letters From The Border: Album Launch

5th May
8pm | £15 (£12.50 conc.)

Nonostar Records presents the award-winning poet, composer and songwriter, with support from Alex Stolze

and all our love is a pattern of ashes, a scatter of songs overcome by the silence… Ben Osborn, the award-winning poet, composer and songwriter, returns to the UK this summer to launch his debut album Letters From The Border at The Wardrobe Theatre. The result of an extraordinary musical partnership with the head of … More Ben Osborn – Letters From The Border: Album Launch

Best of Bristol Music

The Greatest of The Greatest

7th May - 11th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £12

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2019: Eva Johansson and Louise Löwenberg's story of what happened when two creative geniuses met to produce the greatest work of their careers, and failed

In June 2010 Thommy Berggren and Mikael Persbrandt, icons of Nordic theatre and film, announced that they were collaborating on a masterpiece. Only one week before the show was due to open, they cancelled all the performances. This is the almost-true story of what actually happened when two male creative geniuses met to produce the … More The Greatest of The Greatest

Best of Bristol Theatre

Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Tale

12th May - 13th May
7.30pm | £15 £12 conc.) | Performed at Brunel's SS Great Britain

The creators of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera present something distinctly Victorian onboard Brunel's SS Great Britain

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

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

((( On Pa )))

12th May
11am | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Japanese musician and inventor ICHI and contemporary english folk artist Rachael Dadd present a joyful and explorative celebration of sounds from our everyday lives for all ages

((( On Pa ))) meaning sound wave in Japanese, is the collaboration of Japanese musician and inventor ICHI and contemporary english folk artist Rachael Dadd. Their new performance is a joyful and explorative celebration of sounds from our everyday lives fused with live drawing using an overhead projector. Water, paper and books, ball games, clapping, … More ((( On Pa )))

Best of Bristol Family Music

Poison

14th May - 18th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £12

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2019: Lot Vekemans' powerful show about manipulation, a grapple of the past, and a fight for domination

Nearly a decade after the burial of their son, HE and SHE have broken apart. But when they are confronted with the news that their son’s cemetery is closing and his grave must be relocated, they are forced to reunite. Angry, jaded, but ever curious, they meet. Unearthing wounds once silenced, their meeting becomes an … More Poison

Best of Bristol Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Simpson

19th May
8pm | £18.50 (inc. bf)

An intimate solo performer giving passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty, Martin Simpson is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Simpson

Music

How My Light Is Spent

21st May - 25th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £12

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2019: Alan Harris' lyrical, aching, joyous comedy about the unexpected places where love hides itself

Newport, Wales. Jimmy works in a doughnut shop. Kitty works for an adult chat line. Neither has met the other. Until, one day, this changes. Until, one day, Jimmy begins to vanish off the face of the earth. How My Light Is Spent is a lyrical, aching, joyous comedy about the unexpected places where love … More How My Light Is Spent

Best of Bristol Theatre

Onwards & Upwards

28th May - 1st Jun
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

This May Half Term INKBLOC Ensemble (Lego Beach) present a charming family adventure inspired by three female explorers, for ages 4-11 and their families

Deep underground, beneath scrambled wires and twisting pipes lives Luna; an inventor and fixer of broken bits and bobs. Luna’s never lost her bobble hat to a gust of wind, jumped in a puddle, or even seen the stars! In fact, she’s never been to Uptop at all. She’s got everything she needs right here … More Onwards & Upwards

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stanlæy (plus Alfi)

28th May
8pm | £12.50 (inc. bf)

Album launch for 'The Human Project' by Bristol-based singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Bethany Stenning aka. Stanlæy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Stanlæy is the musical moniker of Bristol based singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Bethany Stenning, performing her original compositions live with Ben Holyoake (bass), Oliver Cocup (drums/percussion) and Naomi Hill (violin). The music of Stanlæy has been … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stanlæy (plus Alfi)

Best of Bristol Music

Orpheus

29th May - 30th May
7.30pm | £10

A tale of impossible, death-defying love told through hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music, an award-winning retelling by The Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre

An internationally award-winning modern retelling of an ancient myth. Dave is single and turning 30. He’s stood at the bar. Eurydice is a tree nymph. And Bruce Springsteen is on the juke box. A tale of impossible, death-defying love told through hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music. The Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre weave … More Orpheus

Music Spoken Word Theatre

Jonathan Kay: Know One’s Fool

31st May
7.30pm | £10

Renowned fool performer and teacher Jonathan Kay presents the unexpected in the most magical, anarchic and delightful way in a night of improvisation and theatre of immediacy

Only a fool could conjure up so rich and absurd a world from thin air. All rules are thrown aside and no two shows are ever the same. A show absolutely like no other you will ever see, Know One’s Fool is an open door to the imagination. Jonathan Kay’s shows are interactive, playful, shocking, … More Jonathan Kay: Know One’s Fool

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club

1st Jun
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

MathildaMathilda

2nd Jun
2pm & 7pm | £8

A brand new show from Soap Soup Theatre (makers of The Snow Baby, The Pixies' Scarf and The Owl & The Pussycat's Treasury of Nonsense) suitable for ages 11+

A paper heart is caught in the wind. It flutters from the fingers of a little girl who had been practicing writing her name on it: MathildaMathilda. The heart lifts and the breeze blows it into the air. On the hill, overlooking the sea, Nelly’s works in her artist’s studio. A twin who has lost … More MathildaMathilda

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Blahblahblah & Milk Poetry: And Here’s Your Host

3rd Jun
7.30pm | £8

Bristol's leading spoken word nights collaborate for two lovely, summery, spoken joint events

A rare chance to see proper poetry sets from the hosts of Blah and Milk, Anna Freeman, Malaika Kegode and Beth Calverley. Anna Freeman is the (cynical, funny) host of Blahblahblah. She’s also a novelist, creative writing lecturer at Bath Spa University, the host of Radio 4’s Sketches and a multiple slam winning poet. Malaika … More Blahblahblah & Milk Poetry: And Here’s Your Host

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Edgelarks

4th Jun
8pm | £15 (inc. bf)

Informed by world rhythms and British folk roots, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people; their music is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope

April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. In escaping the everyday chaos of busy lives, they realised how caught up in … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Edgelarks

Music

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Nick Hart

5th Jun
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

Album Lanuch for the new reocrd 'Nick Hart: Sings Nine English Folk Songs'

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition. Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Nick Hart

Music

Butt Kapinski

6th Jun
9.30pm | £10

A brilliant film noir murder mystery comedy experience from the one of Edinburgh Fringe's finest award-winning comedy stars

Private Eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery set in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge – an award-winning comedic experience presented by Deanna Fleysher Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Butt Kapinski, a gender-troubled private eye with a mouth full of speech impediments and … More Butt Kapinski

Comedy Theatre

Hot Flushes

6th Jun - 8th Jun
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Sat) | £10

A revenge musical about homicidal menopausal women and fiscal responsibility, inspired by the personal testimonies of activist pensioners - a selected play for Bristol Old Vic’s 2019 Open Session from Documental Theatre

It’s 2016. Lady Green is bronzing on a Super Yacht, Sir Phil Green is getting roasted by a Parliamentary Select Committee, and Sandra in Lighting, who’s worked thirty-five years for BHS, is burning from the loss of her pension. Croydon branch is closing but there ain’t no closure for Sandra, not even in the stoic … More Hot Flushes

Comedy Theatre

Kiota

9th Jun
2pm | £5

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 afternoon of performance followed by networking opportunities. We are building this supportive space to offer an opportunity to share, learn and network with other POC creatives whether emerging, established … More Kiota

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

George Egg: Movable Feast

11th Jun
7.30pm | £8

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Brand new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage - in this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals (sorry)

George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing. “Brilliantly funny.” The Observer “Trust … More George Egg: Movable Feast

Comedy

Kings Cross (REMIX)

13th Jun - 16th Jun
7.30pm | £10

Back by popular demand! Tom Marshman uncovers the hidden histories of LGBTQ communities in London during the 1980s

Kings Cross (Remix) uncovers the hidden histories of LGBTQ communities in London during the 1980s. Tom Marshman uncovers those histories through memories of the Kings Cross area; an area that has undergone radical change since its day as a hub of LGBTQ communities, bars and culture. Woven together from the stories of people who experienced … More Kings Cross (REMIX)

Best of Bristol Theatre

Garry Starr Conquers Troy

17th Jun - 19th Jun
7.30pm | £10

Having single-handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi-award-winning debut solo show Garry Starr Performs Everything, this comic wunderkind delivers another anarchic drama masterclass to remember

Acting was invented by the ancient Greeks. Before that, people were just pretending. With the release of his groundbreaking new book ‘An Actor Pretends’, disgraced actor Garry Starr delves deep into his Greek ancestry to enlighten us all with the ancient art of Pretendism, thus saving the performing arts from the evil clutches of Method … More Garry Starr Conquers Troy

Comedy

Baba’s Song

21st Jun - 22nd Jun
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Sat) | £10

A beautiful new piece of storytelling and song exploring some of the less talked about issues of new motherhood, by new company In Our Hands

A vocal journey into the messiness of one woman’s motherhood. Two women, two voices, in just a meter square playing space. Baba’s Song is a wild roar in the woods and a panic attack in Mothercare. In Our Hands is an emerging South West based theatre company made up of actor/physical theatre performer Kim Heron … More Baba’s Song

Best of Bristol Theatre

I’m Bitter About Glitter

23rd Jun
12pm (followed by a workshop at 1.30pm) | £8 (£12 for show & workshop)

A joyful exploration of identity, belonging and choice, devised by a mother & son, Liz Clarke (aged 43) and Felix (aged 10)

This performance for family audiences collides extravagant fantasy and the daily reality of mother and child making art together; figuring big stuff out together with a healthy dose of glitter. The duo delve deftly into tricky questions of gender binaries, identity and social pressures to conform; questioning along the way accepted norms around motherhood, children … More I’m Bitter About Glitter

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Sleeping Trees: Silly Funny Boys

25th Jun
7.30pm | £8

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Something brand new from the brilliant physical comedy trio who have previously thrilled audience with their movie trilogy Mafia?, Western? Sci-Fi? plus World Tour and their Christmas sketch show, Nativity

Sleeping Trees are silly funny boys. They don’t know what this show is about yet, but it will be sillier, funnier and contain at least three boys. WINNER Merv’s Spirit of the Fringe 2017 FINALIST Amused Moose Comedy 2016 “The birth child of monty python and league of gentlemen.” ★★★★ Time Out “Phenomenal performers, brimming … More Sleeping Trees: Silly Funny Boys

Comedy

Living Spit’s Living Quiz

26th Jun - 18th Jul
7.30pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

Let’s get quizzical! - from the hilarious and inventive makers of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, One Man & His Cow, Adolf & Winston and many others

The Living Quiz is a quiz night with a twist! Every question is performed live: acted, sung, mimed or danced by Living Spit’s very own Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin! Armed with just a guitar, a double-bass and a ukulele, they mix improvisation techniques with their own unique performance style and apply them to the … More Living Spit’s Living Quiz

Best of Bristol Comedy

An Indian Abroad

27th Jun - 29th Jun
7.30pm | £10

Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world, so he visits the exotic island of Great Britain to learn about life and who he is - a solo show by Pariah Khan, directed by Manga Theatre's Eduardo Gama

Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world, so he visits the exotic island of Great Britain to learn about life and who he is. What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world? What might he learn about himself? And what happens when he falls in love … More An Indian Abroad

Best of Bristol Theatre

Blahblahblah & Milk Poetry: Rainbow Milk

1st Jul
7.30pm | £8

Bristol's leading spoken word nights collaborate for two lovely, summery, spoken joint events

After the incredible sold-out success of last year at The Room Above, Rainbow Milk returns to kick off Bristol Pride with style! A multicoloured queer edition of one of Bristol’s leading poetry nights, presented in collaboration with Bristol Pride. Showcasing the very best, fresh and calcium enriched poetry from around the UK featuring a handpicked … More Blahblahblah & Milk Poetry: Rainbow Milk

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Shall We Take This Outside by Adam Kammerling

2nd Jul - 3rd Jul
7.30pm | £10

A stunning spoken word theatre piece, Kammerling explores the violence in himself and our everyday lives alongside a duo of tight-knit acrobatic dancers

Violence solves nothing. NB. (Except in films, TV, books, comics, games and pretty much every corner of culture where heroes exist) A considered and impactful work, Shall We Take This Outside is Adam Kammerling’s exploration of his own violence, where it found him, why he embraced it, and how it affects him today. As Adam … More Shall We Take This Outside by Adam Kammerling

Spoken Word Theatre

Bristol Pride Present: The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde

4th Jul
7.30pm | £10

Bristol Pride are excited to team up with Tic Tac Toe Theatre Company to present this superb one man play which allows Oscar the freedom to talk openly about his relationships

Check out the rest of the Bristol Pride theatre line-up: 10th July (7.30pm) – Riot Act 10th July (9pm) – Murder, He Didn’t Write It is the 6th of April 1895 and Oscar Wilde waits alone at the Cadogan Hotel. He is awaiting a knock on the door that will bring an arrest warrant with … More Bristol Pride Present: The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde

Best of Bristol Theatre

Impromptu Shakespeare

5th Jul - 6th Jul
7.30pm | £10

An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Join us for an hour of riotous fun as the cast … More Impromptu Shakespeare

Comedy Theatre

Bristol Pride Presents: Murder, He Didn’t Write

10th Jul
9pm | £10

A gender-swapped improvised murder mystery from Edinburgh Fringe sell-out stars Degrees Of Error

Check out the rest of the Bristol Pride theatre line-up: 4th July (7.30pm) – The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde 10th July (7.30pm) – Riot Act Dastardly plotting, mayhem and laughter! By very popular demand we welcome back Bristol theatre troupe Degrees Of Error to present you a very special Pride fundraiser edition of their … More Bristol Pride Presents: Murder, He Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Bristol Pride Present: Riot Act

10th Jul
7.30pm | £10

A powerful solo verbatim show spanning six decades of queer history, created from interviews with a Stonewall survivor, a 1970’s London radical-drag artist and a prominent 1990’s AIDS activist

Check out the rest of the Bristol Pride theatre line-up: 4th July (7.30pm) – The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde 10th July (9pm) – Murder, He Didn’t Write A powerful solo verbatim theatre piece created entirely word-for-word out of playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors, a 1970’s … More Bristol Pride Present: Riot Act

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Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

11th Jul - 12th Jul
7.30pm | £8

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Finally that work-in-progress of an experimental fringe theatre show about Malta, you’ve all been waiting for! - from 2016 Fringe First Award winners Sh!t 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 (Letters to Windsor House, DollyWould) want to … More Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

Comedy Theatre

Lash Stackers presents… A Virgin Breaks Free!

13th Jul
7.30pm | £10

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club is a quarterly drag-cabaret night with a difference - this time featuring a brand new feature length show from drag superstar, the Virgin Xtravaganzah!

Your favourite, fabulous 70’s working mens’ club is back and this time, back by popular demand, we have a brand new feature length show from your holy local Virgin Mary. She’s the mother of Gawd and she’s tired of stereotypes! All anyone wants to ask Mary about is Jesus and God. She’s OVAH IT! Join … More Lash Stackers presents… A Virgin Breaks Free!

Comedy Theatre

Luna

20th Jul
12pm & 3pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

50 years to the day since man first walked on the moon, Roustabout present a glorious celebration of our relationship with our closest cosmic companion - for audiences aged 7+

For as long as we have turned our eyes to the sky we have been entranced by the moon. It controls our tides, stabilises our orbit, marks our time. And on July 20th 1969 two humans finally landed on its surface. Luna is a joyous adventure through humanity’s ongoing fascination with this mysterious lump of … More Luna

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

The Bird Show

4th Aug
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

A flap-tastic fact-filled family comedy by The Last Baguette, suitable for the whole brood including fledglings from 4+

With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, this is a madcap and touching show about birds facing changes to their habitat. The Bird Show uses live music, puppetry and lots more silly bird puns in this heart- fluttering physical comedy about conservation, migration and imagination. We follow Henry the Heron and … More The Bird Show

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals

28th Aug - 31st Aug
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

A rock ‘n’ roll musical with mischief and silliness for kids aged 3-8 and grown-ups!

Ready to set off on a rock ‘n’ roll adventure? Follow the charismatic singer, Kid Carpet, and his animal band (made up of a gorilla, a bear, a hedgehog and a badger) as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock out at a grand dance contest! Positioned somewhere between Oliver Postgate … More Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Sinbad The Sailor

1st Sep
10.45am & 2.30pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Wild Words presents a magical storytelling, theatre and dance show for ages 5-10 preceded by a drama and dance playshop

PLAYSHOP: 10.45am-11.20am | 2.30pm-3.10pm Swim like a whale, swing like a monkey, squawk like a parakeet and learn a dance to perform in the show. Come dressed in your finest Arabian Nights’ inspired cloth! SHOW: 11.45pm | 3.30pm Jump on board an ancient sewn ship, hoist the mainsail and journey across the Arabian Sea to … More Sinbad The Sailor

Best of Bristol Family

Police Cops In Space

6th Sep
7.30pm & 9.30pm | £12

Multi award-winning company Police Cops' Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show and winner of 'Amused Moose Outstanding Show Award 2018' is a comedy blockbuster; an 80’s low-fi sci-fi set in the most dangerous place on Earth... Space!

After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson, the last Police Cop in the universe, blasts off in an unmanned escape pod. Now on a distant planet, Sammy must team up with alien fighter pilot Ranger and his trusty Cyborg C9 as they embark on an intergalactic adventure across the galaxy to … More Police Cops In Space

Comedy Theatre

Adventure Bureau

15th Sep - 15th Dec
11am | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s 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

Henry Paker: Man Alive

2nd Nov
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