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From award-winning kings of comedy Le Navet Bete comes a brand new version of one of the most famous books in the world. Expect hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes in a show that will be all for one and every man for himself!

SwingTrain is a dance cardio fitness class inspired by the joys of Charleston and Authentic Jazz! Come along and shimmy your way to brain and body health.

A unique promenade performance of Moby Dick through one of Bristol’s iconic attractions.

Joe Jacobs LIVE At The Comedy Chest at Horts, Bristol.

As Travelling Light Theatre Company’s Yes Let’s Appeal draws to a conclusion, come celebrate the amazing achievements of the fundraisers so far … & raise even more much needed £££ into the pot before the deadline of midnight of the 31st Aug!

In The Wunderkammer, TED-style talks by leading experts, academics, and all-round big brains inspire long-form improvised comedy scenes, sketches and characters from DNAYS.

The international program aims at performance and movement practitioners from all over the world interested in movement directing and teaching.

At this program, student will learn by doing from day one through hands-on experience, going through all stages of professional performance making.

A wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups and myths for kids comes to College Green, Bristol. 29th Aug to 1 Sep.

Set sail with Brunel’s SS Great Britain this summer to catch breath-taking performances every day from The Invisible Circus. Hourly performances from 11am – 3pm, included in our usual ticket price. 20 July – 1 September.

Create engaging scenes. We focus on playing real characters, and exploring in the moment. We learn how to act truthfully in scenes, and how to construct a platform through world exploration. The final class will be dedicated to the Montage format. If you are a comedian looking to improve you craft, a writer looking for inspiration, or someone who just wants to try something new, this course is for you!

Perfect for beginners. In this course we focus on the core essentials of improvisation. We learn to trust our own ideas, listening to others, and having the confidence to initiate spontaneous scenes. If you are a comedian looking to improve you craft, a writer looking for inspiration, or someone who just wants to try something new, this course is for you!

Free community arts festival celebrating the achievements of those in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

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 charges of Gross Indecency against him.

Recruitment Open Day

Described by critics as “a polished evening packed with heart and humour…” and “one of the best nights out you can have”, this show is full to the brim with top West End talent performing the hits that keep pulling audiences back to Broadway.

Would you like to see art painted by a machine?

Uplifting World Music Singing Workshop

After losing his mum at the age of 4, Jacob has spent his entire life feeling lost and confused about his sexuality with only his ‘alpha male’ Dad around him. That was until he met Kyle, a good looking, already ‘out of the closet’ Londoner who joined his school just over 2 years ago and changed everything.

A rebellious gig theatre show about one of England’s forgotten revolutionaries

An exciting three day course working with industry professionals.

A rebellious gig theatre show about one of England’s forgotten revolutionaries

The door’s locked, the room is bare and there is no way out. Three people from different walks of life that have never met before find themselves in this situation.

Expect farcical physicality, quick-change characters, and rollicking good fun in this entirely improvised (and entirely unauthorised) tribute to the works of P.G. Wodehouse.

A ten-week foundation course in acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Visitors will also have the rare chance to explore the Island’s eclectic spaces including the Gallery Space; Stitch-Up Studios; Circus Training Space; Dance Space and the 19th-century holding cells.

We will learn how to mend holes, and signs of wear and tear with love and affection.

Come along to find out more about Bristol City Council’s annual arts and culture funding at Mshed. This session will launch Originators Funding for 2020-21, the annual funding stream managed by the Arts & Events team at Bristol City Council.

Theatre Bristol’s bi-monthly Open Office sessions are informal drop-in coffee mornings for strangers, newbies and old faces we’ve not seen in a while; anyone who wants to come and meet us for introductions and new connections.

George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the village Drama Club. What happens then turns his world upside down.

Visual Arts South West, in partnership with Arnolfini, invites artists, curators and arts organisations to come together for a day of learning.

This class teaches the training wheels structure and demonstrates the fundamental approach to scenework required to making an engaging 25-45min longform piece.

“Macbeth” tells the tale of a Scottish war hero, who, tempted by ambition, power, and supernatural whisperings, begins a series of murders, to take and hold the throne

A series of oil paintings of an existential nature spanning the past 10 years as a human who enjoys painting.

Courses on offer each day: Friday – Detective Fiction; Women Writers; Poetry in the Garden Saturday – Medieval Bristol; Dickens; Exploring Creative Writing; Reading Group Workshop Sunday – Jane Austen’s Emma; The Art of Grief and Bereavement; Philosphy and Fiction; Writing Bristolian, African and Caribbean fiction

Explore what it feels like to put judgement to one side and develop the confidence to follow your impulses, turn up your curiosity, play more and connect deeply and authentically with yourself and others.

Open Street Dance & Urban Contemporary Classes.

Gus and Ben are two hit-men awaiting their next job in the basement of a derelict building. Into the waiting silence rattles the dumb waiter with extraordinary demands for dishes they cannot supply – and who is operating the dumb waiter in an empty house?

A fairy tale adventure bursting with their trademark clowning, absurd jokes, live music and magical illusion.

Are you an artist whose work happens in unusual public spaces? Do you work site specifically? Do you want to do some professional development with your peers for free?

One-night stands are awkward. One-night stands with animals are more awkward.

Don’t miss Daniel Sloss: X’ , the stunning live show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning star of two global smash-hit Netflix specials ‘DARK’ & ‘Jigsaw’.

It’s Halloween. There will be weird. Soul Cake Theatre bring you four tasty tales of love and revenge laced with dark humour and unpleasantness.

Hugh Hughes presents Shôn Dale-Jones in a thoughtful and engaging tale about inequality, myths and taking control of your own story.  ME & ROBIN HOOD follows on from The Duke in a trilogy of shows questioning the value of art and the power of story.

Opera Project are back at Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn with Rossini’s exuberant treatment of Beaumarchais’s The Barber of Seville, the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro.

This exhibition is a result of two three month road trips taken by Vernon Hewitt around the US to write a travel book and also to paint ‘wilderness’

Join comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.

See Batman and Robin as you haven’t seen them since the 60s! Gasp as the dynamic duo contend with spontaneous skulduggery!

Sketching a future for endangered species – a touring exhibition and auction of wildlife artwork in aid of conservation.

Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title – with live musical accompaniment!

Do The Right Scene are a London-based troupe who are shaking up the world of improv. Formerly known as Nu Z Land, DTRS specialise in fast-paced improv.

On Sunday afternoons Peter enjoys peace and quiet sat on a bench in Central Park, away from his wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets. That is until Jerry disrupts his tranquil world.

Tobacco Factory Theatres presents a Fringe First-winning solo show from the legendary Chris Thorpe and the multi award-winning team that created Confirmation.

Dorothée Munyaneza was 12 when, after miraculously surviving genocide, she fled her home in Rwanda. UNWANTED focuses on the stories of the women caught up in the genocide specifically those who suffered rape, an act of domination and suppression, still used as a weapon of destruction in war zones today.

A dynamic theatre based workshop involving dramatherapy techniques, improvisation and creative writing. Re cast, re write and replay roles from the past and recreate your future.

FIGHTING FOR CONNECTION AND THE BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP. Singlet is a kaleidoscopic show that grapples with the desire, rivalry, vulnerability, and subterfuge that bind two people together.

The In Between Time Summit is a three-day gathering of art, activism and conversation. Bringing together people from Bristol, the UK and the world, the Summit asks ‘HOW DO WE BUILD A BETTER FUTURE?’

This course is part of our Performing Improv programme. We’ll build from experimenting with melody, rhyming and song structure into improvising full songs.

Our Star Theatre Company’s new production of Daphne du Maurier’s masterpiece conjures Cornish romance and theatrical magic.

Discover the roots of improvised comedy through the Italian clowning form of Commedia dell’arte! A three hour insight into Commedia archetypes to let your inner clown out.

Trying It On, David imagines what his 20 year old self might think of his generation’s actions over the past 50 years, exploring the left, politics, youth, ageing, revolution and reaction through interviews conducted with activists past and present.

An exhibition of work from Bristol based artists Niamh Fahy, Prerna Chandiramani, Andy Robinson, Stephen Collings and James George. Exploring printmaking, abstract art and portraiture.

Anna Mudeka takes audiences on an exhilarating, inspiring and thought provoking journey to ancient and modern-day Zimbabwe.

Discovering Improv is your introduction to the exciting, challenging and fun world of improvisation.

Written and performed by Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly re-imagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairy-tale.

On a dark and stormy night, an original classic horror play is created based entirely on your suggestions. An evening of murder, mayhem and making it up on the spot.

Led by the all-powerful Gamemaster, our heroes will search for treasure, battle deadly foes, and struggle against evil to save the world!

No Idea is a mischievous look at where we were then, and where we are now. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confessional, part-comedy sketch show, with a touch of singing and dancing – these are the adventures of two friends in search of a story.

A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, ‘Barnum’ is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends, toe-tapping songs and immense heart.

Robert Lloyd Parry from Nunkie Theatre returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to continue his M R James Project, re-telling more of M R James’s most eerie spine chillers by candlelight.

Three bouncy besties seeking some top-notch cookie hunters! Quick thinking, team playing adventurers needed to help us on our quest. Suitable for deaf audiences.

We are recruiting volunteers to play parts, make up our zombie hoard or help with make up, decor and music for our post apocalypse zombie game and Charity party and at a secret location in South Bristol on the 1st of November. No experience needed all reliable and enthusiastic creatives welcome 🧚🏻‍♀️.

The feisty improvisers from Team Bish and Team Bosh will go head-to-head chasing glory, honour and the audience’s love, in this extravanganza of games, songs and scenes.

Charmane is a story about acceptance, courage and learning how to find your inner ROAR!

Robert Lloyd Parry from Nunkie Theatre returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to continue his M R James Project, re-telling more of M R James’s most eerie spine chillers by candlelight.

Theatre Jam is the BIT’s performance and social night. Grab a drink and pull up a chair, or get up on stage for improvised theatre games and scenes!

Improvisers from Impromptu Shakespeare, Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes and Murder, She Didn’t Write bring a brand new work in progress production to the Bristol Improv Theatre.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) return to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to celebrate their 20th Bristol season. Elizabeth Freestone (Henry V) is back to direct Shakespeare’s comedy about the precarious path to finding love.

Jessica L Hagan’s debut play shines a light on the lives of everyday women battling what shouldn’t be an everyday problem: the collision of racism and misogyny.

Captivating singer Kate Dimbleby joins Bristol’s favourite comedy theatre troupe Living Spit to reimagine Homer’s classic work.

The graduating students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Mike Bartlett’s amibitous play ‘Earthquakes in London’ focusing on climate change.

Each night, a cast of professional actors and team of talented musicians produce a brand-new, hilarious, smash-hit musical inspired by YOUR stories.

Douglas Walker unwraps the shocking true origins of Santa Claus in a one-man epic taking in 100 years of history and almost as many characters.

Project2 make improvised science fiction, and the endless sub-genres that make up the multiverse-spanning superstructure of the science fiction genre.

The workshop aims to expand and diversify professional vocabulary of instructors who work with actors, dancers and performance practitioners, interested to improve the understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of movement directing, teaching, ensemble building and performance making.

Explore what it feels like to put judgement to one side and develop the confidence to follow your impulses, turn up your curiosity, play more and connect deeply and authentically with yourself and others.

Ten week performance course working with industry professionals to learn comedy and street theatre skills.

Explore what it feels like to put judgement to one side and develop the confidence to follow your impulses, turn up your curiosity, play more and connect deeply and authentically with yourself and others.

This 8-week course from dramatherapist and performance trainer Holly Stoppit will help you release the grip of your inner critic, through drama, dialogue, art and writing.

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) is holding monthly Creative Challenges at Trinity every last Thursday of the month.

IUGTE is excited to announce new call for presentations for the IUGTE Conference 2019! The conference will be held in beautiful XIII century castle in Ragnitz, Austria!

“Performing Arts Between Tradition and Contemporaneity” is the annual international multidisciplinary conference exploring the bridge between the “traditional” and the “contemporary” in performing arts.

The workshop is open to performers from different backgrounds, creative genres and techniques inspired by physical theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary theatre performance. The program is designed for experienced actors, dancers, physical performers, contemporary circus performers, choreographers and directors – performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles – interested in expanding their international network opportunities and collaborators.

This 8-week course from dramatherapist and performance trainer Holly Stoppit will help you release the grip of your inner critic, through drama, dialogue, art and writing.

Bristol’s much loved Kid Carpet gives the traditional Christmas story a radical remix with big beat songs, live special effects, puppetry and animation. Prepare for the wonkiest Nativity ever!

This joyful re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale is about growing up, growing old, growing your own food and why you shouldn’t trust a very shiny red apple. Overflowing with charm and wit, this laughter-filled festive delight celebrates how we can all make the world a better place.

The program is designed for actors of physical theatre, dancers, contemporary circus performers, choreographers and directors – performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles interested to find new international network opportunities and collaborators.

Dance sessions for over 50s