Popcorn Productions presents
At Underbelly, Cowgate, 2-28 August 13:00
Beth is turning 21, sitting outside the club, trying to forget him. Bringing to life a whole host of characters: an overbearing mother, a Christian fundamentalist, a best friend too busy getting off with the DJ to care about her, Beth would rather be anyone but herself. Dark, funny and poignant, this one-woman show takes Beth apart, piece by piece. This is powerful new writing that will stay with you long after she has stumbled back inside.
Publick Transport presents
We Are Brontë
At Summerhall, 3-4 Aug (preview) 5-14 Aug (exc 8 &9 Aug) 13:20
A ludicrous and inventive interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, two performers deconstruct not only Gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves. ‘I doubt you will ever see the Brontës’ works portrayed like this again… A mini comedic masterpiece… ambitious, risk-taking, edgy, just downright different’ ***** (StageTalkMagazine.com). ‘Underwear-troublingly exquisite’ (BrumNotes.com). ‘National Theatre of Brent for the devising generation’ (Stage). ‘Witty physical theatre at its finest. Go and see it’ (Bristol 247.com).
Inspector Sands presents
(We know there London based but Lucinka Eisler is now Bristol based)
At Summerhall, 3,5 Aug (preview) 6-27 Aug (exc 15 Aug) 15:25
A dangerously unstable farce about growing old. 97 years go by in a flash. An afternoon lasts an eternity. In a care home lounge somewhere off the A1, 97 year old Marsha Hewitt begins the last day of her life. But she cannot go quietly. As the radiators burn and Jeremy Kyle blares, rivalries, relatives and murderous impulses jostle for space on the Axminster carpet. By teatime, a riot is brewing. The award-winning Inspector Sands (A High Street Odyssey, If That’s All There Is, Hysteria) shine a light on how we cope, or fail to cope, with ageing.
Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet prsents
The Castle Builder
At Summerhall, 3-4 previews, 5-28 August (exc 15&22), 12:55
An emotional and hard rocking journey into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations. The true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric institute who over five years built a castle on a remote headland. The show spirals outwards from personal accounts into tales of other outsider artists inspired to build gigantic extraordinary structures, alone, in secret and without artistic validation from the real world. Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet reimagine these stories and tell them with visceral live music, dancing, projection, heartfelt storytelling and chewed bread sculptures.
Theatre Ad Infinitum
Pleasance Dome, 3-5 Aug (preview) 6-29 Aug (exc 16,23,30) 15:50
Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum (Translunar Paradise, Ballad of the Burning Star, Light) presents the powerful story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice. When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost. Using physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song, Ad Infinitum unfolds a story about love, loss and revenge. Winners: Stage Award 2009 and 2013, Guardian’s Best of EdFringe 2013, Argus Angel Award 2011 and 2012.
Degree of Error presents
Murder She Didn’t Write
At C Venues- C, 3-29 August, 17:20
Move over, Sherlock! Murder She Didn’t Write provides ‘one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time’ (EdFringeReview.com). You become the author and watch your very own murder mystery masterpiece unfold live on stage! Each night, Degrees of Error present an unplanned, unscripted and never before seen improvised comedy theatre show which promises to dazzle, enthral and delight. Will you work out whodunnit in time? Recommended by BBC Radio 2. ‘Unrestrained bursts of joy’ ***** (BristolTheatreReview.com). ‘By far the best improvised show that I have seen’ ***** (InterMissionBristol.co.uk). ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (FringeGuru.com).
Rachel Clerke presents
At Summerhall. 5-26 August (exc Monday) 22:00
A drag king punk gig about architecture and idealism! A dysto-utopian noise about The Man! A no-wave musical about how we ended up in this mess! Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful (2014 IdeasTap Underbelly winner Rachael Clerke) and accompanied by anti-virtuoso punk band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment. Expect original music, grotesque posturing, sharp suits and cement in a concrete room. ‘Extraordinary’ (Times Literary Supplement). ‘A fearless young performer’ (List on Rachael Clerke).
Shaelee Rooke presents
Shaedates:Or how I learnt to love myself
At Zoo, 5-6 Aug (Preview) 7-20 Aug, 16:30
After her award-winning performance in This is Where We Live – Best Play, Fringe NYC 2014, New York Critics’ Choice, ***** (Time Out) – Shaelee Rooke is back with her new one-woman show, directed by Toby Hulse. Shae has a boyfriend but she knows he’s not the one. Then she notices someone else… someone different… someone who’s always been there. A tender, surreal and wildly imaginative comedy about a woman who finds true love by dating herself. ‘A superbly acted, thought-provoking adventure’ (Bristol Ferment).
Tremolo Theatre presents
The Hours Before We Wake
At Underbelly, 5-28 August, 14:40
A lo-fi, sci-fi black comedy set in 2091. Technology allows us to control our dreams and upload them to DreamShare. Our story follows Ian, a perpetual beta-male, who’s pretty insignificant but dreams of being a hero. After meeting the outcast Bea, he’s plunged head first into a world of conspiracy. Tremolo Theatre use music, movement and intricate sound design to explore this dystopian world.
O&O Comedy Duo present
THE GOOD STUFF
At Kilderkin, 6-20 August 18:15
Masters of cutting edge discomfort and unparalleled LOLs, South West comedy duo O&O announce their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Good Stuff, a new hour of sketch comedy. Described as a “young Wood & Walters”, O&O, aka Marina O’Shea and Tessa (O’) Gaukroger, aka The Funny One and The Tall One, head to the Festival for the first time after three years of touring the UK, following rapturous reviews, sold out shows and a host of industry nominations.Previewed through June and July to sell out crowds across the South West and London, The Good Stuff zooms in on the little moments, the hilarity hidden in the unnoticed characters we pass each day: a manager losing control of her team, loved ones abducted by Netflix and the impending doom of rising London rents. As if this wasn’t enough for one lightning fast hour led by a duo who almost definitely know each other too well, a vital ‘living‘ prop has gone missing backstage. Everything will almost certainly end in chaos. You’ll be laughing with them, at them and long after they’re gone.
Part realism, part ridiculous, part darkly intimate experience…
Tobacco Tea Theatre Company presents
The Accidental Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
At C Venues- C, 8-29 August, 14:00
When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it – Holmes himself! But does Watson’s rent have anything to do with this accident? Has this case been secretly planned by a narrative genius? And could Moriarty’s hunger for new detective fiction fuel a global terror plot of unimaginable proportions? Satire maestros Tobacco Tea bring you this witty and absurd take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation for the second year running. Expect extraordinary plot twists, metafiction, twisted logic and almost unparalleled entertainment!
Tobacco Tea Theatre Company
Parish Fete-ability: A Game Of Scones
C Venues – C, 8-29 Aug, 19:30
In the Parish Council elections, you win or you die. In Jowlhurst, the villagers scheme and vie for absolute power. A Machiavellian vicar, NIMBY farmers, the Women’s Institute, chubby-cheeked choirboys and debauched, bohemian aristocrats are at war. Only one faction can survive to rule the Parish Council once and for all… Hot Fuzz meets Game of Thrones in this dark, witty, absurd comedy from satire maestros Tobacco Tea. Prepare yourself for comic countryside carnage worthy of the Red Wedding, as every aspect of British country life is hilariously torn to shreds.
Nasi Voutsas & Betrand Lesca, Co produced by Fellswoop Theatre presents
At Summerhall, 16-26 Aug, 10:05
A piece by Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca, co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre. It’s going to be really fun! All of us living together in one house, we’ll be able to learn from each other and… I mean, we might argue sometimes, but housemates always argue sometimes, don’t they? Two performers – one Greek, one French – explore life in the Eurohouse: its failures and its successes, the founding ideals and what got lost along the way. While Kraftwerk plays on repeat, they dance and shout, cry and sing, argue and speak in their mother tongues.
Havoc Theatre presents
Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady
At Asembly George Square Theatre, 16-29 August, 15:00
Moisturise. Oil. Comb. Repeat. Dame Nature is a bearded lady who has been looking after her facial furniture for as long as she can remember. Once the star of the show, now she spends her days in the depths of her dressing room contemplating the fading roar of the crowd, lost love and the merits of Phil Collins’ solo work. A poignant, off-kilter show for people who don’t like to judge a woman by her beard. Supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment.
Propolis Theatre presents
Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex
At Pleasance Courtyard, 23-29 Aug, 13:00
‘Bloody hell, erm… I have no idea, I’ve never tried to describe an orgasm before. It’s like a little treat, isn’t it? Yeah, it’s like a little treat, I think.’ We’re making a show about sex. Because it’s at the start of everything, at the heart of everything. Because we’re taught that we shouldn’t be talking about it. That it should be hairless, monogamous, skinny, heterosexual… We spoke to people from different backgrounds, sexualities and experiences to give you an honest look at what sex is. We are putting your words in our mouths.
Tap Tap Theatre presents
Hansel & Gretel
At Summerhall, 21 Aug 10:00
Rucksack? Check.Binoculars? Check.Blind faith and unfathomable courage? Check. Check.Sense of direction? Well…Rose and her brother Ollie are going on an adventure. A big adventure. As big as the ones in storybooks. Bigger. With a rucksack stuffed with Hula Hoops and no sense of direction, follow brother and sister as they journey deeper and deeper into the forest. Climb into the walking boots of adventurers past. Watch the forest come alive in front of your eyes. As they get loster and loster, what will they find? A boisterous and bold big adventure with an even bigger heart. From the people that brought you Captain Morgan and Handmade Tales, Tap Tap Theatre return to the Fringe with their spin on Hansel & Gretel, a fast and funny treat for the whole family. Featuring live music, suitable for ages 4+
Action Hero presents
Watch Me Fall
11-13 August 21:00
I’m going over in a barrel. I’m leaving the cannon, hitting the ramp at 90mph and clearing ten double decker buses. This time, I’m going higher, further and faster. Tonight, I will attempt the impossibleAction Hero bring their legendary DIY stunt show Watch Me Fall back to Forest Fringe. Shown at Forest Fringe as a work-in-progress in 2008 and as a finished piece in 2011, Watch Me Fall has subsequently toured all over the world from PS122 in New York to Theatre De La Ville in Paris, from Shanghai Grand Theatre to a Satan’s Riders Motor Cycle Club House in Tasmania, and just about everywhere in between. Not performed in the UK since 2012, Action Hero are thrilled to bring it back for Forest Fringe’s 10th anniversary.
Jo Bannon presents
11-14 Aug 12:00-14:00 & 16:00-18:00
Exposure is the beginning of an investigation into how we look, how we are looked at and if we can ever really be seen. This intimate one to one performance is a tender and tentative look into autobiography, asking how fully we can reveal ourselves – to ourselves, to another, with another.
Dan Canham presents
30 Cecil Street
15-20 Aug 21:15* (*part of a double bill with Paper Cinema’s The Nightflyer)
The final show to be performed at Forest Fringe’s old home at Bristo Place, a delicate and heartbreaking elegy for a lost and ruined theatre, 30 Cecil Street is an original piece of dance-theatre from Dan Canham of Still House (Of Riders & Running Horses, Ours Was the Fen Country). A performance of fragments of memories, of wild nights and long-disappeared communities, it evokes the life of a once-mighty building and asks what is left when a theatre closes its doors to the public?
The Night Flyer
16-20 Aug 21:15* (*part of a double bill with Dan Canham’s 30 Cecil Street)
The Night Flyer, an original creation first presented at Forest Fringe, sees a boy crossing the night in a mysterious train to find a lost girl,The company uses the language of animation, music, film and theatre to lead the viewer through a variety of stories. Intricate pen and ink illustrations are manipulated in front of a video camera and projected in real-time onto the big screen alongside the live music, which is integral to the work.
Search Party presents
Growing Old With You
18 & 19 Aug 20:00
Growing Old With You is a life-long performance project that slowly documents experiences of aging.GOWY started in 2011, as Jodie & Pete approached their 30th birthdays. Jodie & Pete will create a new performance exploring how they age every 10 years for their rest of their lives. Over the course of a lifetime they hope to create a series of works in which they, the work and the audience all grow old together. The next performance is planned for 2021, when Jodie & Pete will celebrate their 40thbirthdays, but they are revisiting the 2011 performance to help mark the 10th anniversary of Forest Fringe.