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Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant,  Knot is a finely crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment.

Winner of the ‘Best Kids Show’ award at the Swindon Fringe Festival, 2018, Hodgepodge Theatre bring their brand of puppet madness to Bristol with a feel-good show for the whole family.

Youth production for younger theatre goers …. Bristol Academy of Drama’s younger age group present this brand new piece of theatre.

GATHER UP’s workshops and gatherings are open to the curiosity of all artists whose practice is concerned with movement, performance and/or choreographic processes. It is a great pleasure to be able to invite the celebrated artist Jo Fong to share their practice and interests in a spirit of reciprocal enquiry, and to open up new conversations and ideas on moving together and community. We hope you can join us for some or all of the day!

A Scotsman Fringe First award-winning show exploring life in extremity and the joy that can be found there.

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!’

Green Ginger’s new show propels audiences on a microscopic journey deep within the human body for a madcap story about advancing technology, big syringes and a tiny submarine. 

This workshop aims to give a basic overview of everything involved in designing the technical aspects of an improvised theatre show. From theory to practice.

Professional actor Kristin Atherton is visiting Bristol for one day only, and will be here to offer you advice on auditioning. Kristin’s work has seen her perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre & Shared experience. She has guided many actors successfully through auditions and continues to work professionally in London.

The award-winning feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and writer for Have I Got News For You, puts away all those years of coquettishness and gets off the fence.

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, the multi award-winning Spies Like Us bring their sparkling new interpretation of Buchner’s classic tale to Bristol

60 minutes of remixed and recomposed songs, arranged for a choir whilst Seamas plays piano, talks about growing up and occasionally dances.

DRAMATHERAPY – Introducing drama as a healing medium,and a creative tool for the development of the imagination. Gain personal insights, skills and nourishment for the soul. Explore,play and discover using Dramatherapy methods, Forum Theatre and interactive group work.

So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new West End show that has never toured before featuring all new scenes!

A group of Bristol-based dance artists will take it in turn to lead morning class, each drawing on their own experiences of dance and of other somatic and body-mind practices. Open to experienced movement practitioners. Most Monday mornings, beginning at Tobacco Factory Theatre, followed by meeting at Trinity Centre until July 2019.

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!

SoulRoots Acappella (for female voices) is a vocal project for adults, bringing you songs of passion, power and soul! We meet every Thursday 7-9pm in Southville at our base Factory 8.

Creative Youth Network-FREE Creative Courses for young people ages 11-16years commencing the week beginning 21st January!

Invisible Thread is in intimate, multi sensory show for mothers and their pre-crawling babies.

Invisible Thread is in intimate, multi sensory show for mothers and their pre-crawling babies.

One of the acts in 2018’s Best of BE FESTIVAL, juggler, water-bender, and part-time deep thinker Robin Boon Dale presents the full length edition of his award-winning show.

Once upon a time there was a princess called Ida, who had been betrothed in infancy to Prince Hilarion of the neighbouring kingdom. But Ida did not want to marry the prince. Instead, she renounced mankind and founded a women’s university, where she wielded axes, ate cold roast lamb, and taught the theory of evolution with dubious accuracy…

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of Bristol Old Vic Young Company. To celebrate this milestone, we’re launching Springboard – a brand new festival showcasing work from all 350 members of Young Company and other creatives from across the city.

How to adapt existing stories for the stage. John Nicholson is a prolific playwright/actor/director with many credits across the industry.

The Factory Company presents a fresh, dynamic interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Bringing Black Theatre to Bristol  Missing Pieces is a series of staged readings, script in hand performances showcasing Black British, African, .Caribbean, American classic and new plays

The latest production from from internationally renowned theatre group and charity, Stepping Out Theatre examines what it is to be human.

What makes us human? Our ancestors hunted and gathered. In the struggle for resources, mates and survival, we continue the long process of evolution in unlikely ways and in the strangest places.

Performing as part of National Theatre Connections 2019, our YTM Perform Company present Chaos, written especially for a cast of young people.

Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre to find out what’s in store for the residents of Newtown in the next episode of ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’!

Improv 201 Truth 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.

Music! Comedy! Revolutionary socialism! Following sell-out tours in 2017 and 2018, Lefty Scum are back on the road for another year: limited dates only, early booking essential.

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!

A double bill of improv talent: Scenes to an End perform your favourite movie you’ve never seen and The Great American Storybook weave a story of love and wonder.

Puppetry Workshop where children make their own puppet and bring it to life.

It’s Stella’s time to shine. 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.

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Bristol’s two leading family theatre experts are combining forces to explore an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.

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

11 APRIL 2019 7.15PM Will be the audio described performance of WNO’s The Magic Flute.

The BIT presents a triple bill of improv talent, especially sourced from the South West. Tonight’s line up features Freudian nightmares, platonic love and walkie talkies.

Drama Workshop based on The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and introducing children to Shadow Theatre

Back on the road again Tommy Tiernan has a new show, Paddy Crazy Horse. He rants and raves, he dances and acts. He tries to be very silly and very serious at the same time.

The Stand-Ups perform their sets, interspersed with a new story, drawing inspiration from the jokes and interactions of the standup with the audience.

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

Impermanence Presents… a double bill of exceptional dance artists – Crystal Zillwood & The House of Strays. See Bristol Old Vic website for more info – https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/impermanence-presents-crystal-zilwood-the-house-of-strays

Bristol based Crystal Zillwood presents two “exceptionally well observed” (Wayne McGregor) solos: Evolutio and These Hands. The House of Strays present a series of vignettes, each differing in personality, woven together like the Verses of a song.

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

Come and join Puppet Place at Underfall Yard this half term and learn how to make your very own puppet, for children aged 4-6 and their parents/carers.

Come and join Puppet Place at Underfall Yard this half term and learn how to make your very own puppet, For children aged 7-11.

Three vulnerable people sharing an attic divided into ‘hutches’, meekly eke out an existence, but their landlord’s plans force them to choose between surrender or resistance. 

A delicate dance-theatre performance for children and their adults, playfully exploring sound and silence.

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

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

Jay Foreman provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Up The Antics present a 6 week course on sketch-writing, with a class show!

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car?

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!

Come watch the April Fools! Beyond The Ridiculous return to The Wardrobe Theatre for a 3-night celebration of the human condition!

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

Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre to find out what’s in store for the residents of Newtown in this special episode of ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’!

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

A six week course facilitated by Deborah with seven years’ experience guiding participants to create theatre and storytelling work with a focus on the personal journey.

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

Join Anna Girvan, director of Our Country’s Good in Tobacco Factory Theatres Factory Company Season.

An entertaining, irreverent, clever and saucy coming-of-middle-age music mock-umentary for the stage by Cornwall’s Trifle Gathering

Set in the late 80s, the play explores the lives of the people in a deprived, working class area of Lancashire, during the government of Margaret Thatcher

In theatre, where it seems that more and more performers compete for fewer and fewer jobs, the need to develop ways to create your own work is becoming an essential skill. Led by veteran actor Kim Hicks, this masterclass focuses on writing your own solo show.

Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor presents his multi award-winning show exploring the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

The company behind fringe-favourite Murder, She Didn’t Write bring a brand new work in progress to the Bristol Improv Theatre.

5* walking tour exploring Bedminster’s extraordinary history with great local pubs along the way. Grave robbers, body snatchers, concrete coffins, hanging judges and the missing millions from Britain’s biggest robbery.

Join the Family Arts Campaign and early years experts Turned On It’s Head for an exclusive how-to session on creating accessible, creative experiences for very young children and their families. Liz Clark, Artistic Director of TOIH will discuss the value of arts in early years creative, how you can reach families, how to cater for diverse audience needs, and will share ideas for bringing the whole family together through early years activities. The session will also include time to ‘ask the expert’ so bring your questions for Liz on how to make your programme accessible and engaging for little ones and their family members.

TESTING GROUND: EXPERIMENTS IN DANCE is back. Now in it’s tenth year, it is a chance for dancers and choreographers to test out their exciting new ideas in front of an audience.

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!

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.

Are you keen to learn more about acting, but not sure where to start? Are you desperate to perform, but too shy to audition? Do you need to improve your presentation skills, but don’t know where to start? Does your…

Pig and Sissy want to eradicate porn forever. This is not an easy thing to do, but they’re trying.

Brexit is again our theme drawing on a rich patchwork of plotting and counter-plotting, machinations and double-crossing, lies, treachery, political posturing, resignations, charges of contempt, votes of no-confidence, deals, amendments to deals, amendments to amendments, no-deals and back stopping (are you sure you dont mean back stabbing. Ed?) Come and enjoy! Our company, Remania Productions, expresses it support for staying in the EU through performance, music, humour and sometimes poignancy.

Join Bristol Musical Theatre for an action packed, hilarious storyline, featuring a fabulous Gershwin score with plenty of well known musical numbers such as ‘I’ve got Rhythm’ and ‘They can’t take that away from me.’ Crazy for You is full of laughter, love and plenty of tap dancing and a show suitable for all ages. This heart warming, family friendly musical is bound to get your toes tapping and have you singing your way out of the auditorium!  

Spamalot is a gloriously funny musical from the Money Python’s team. Performed in Keynsham by the award winning Klogs theatre company.

The Actors’ Workshop is delighted to welcome back Fourth Monkey Training Company – one of the most exciting and successful actor training programmes in the UK. This masterclass builds on Fourth Monkey’s previous workshop and is aimed at drama students, drama teachers and professional actors who would like the chance to discover new dimensions in their work.

Keep on Walking Federico is a funny and moving tale of a journey across borders – a journey through the midnight of the soul.

The MJR Group presents… Midge Ure

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.

Join the Unscripted Players for a night of comedy competition, as assembled teams participate in a series of short-form games and scenes.

Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.

Imagine you have two bodies. One you move in every day and one you move in when you dream. Where does the dream body go after death?

Fresh from sell-out tours of South Africa and North America, the Oxford Imps have reached the final frontier: Bristol. Join them for their trademark short-form show.

This is the almost-true story of what actually happened when two male creative geniuses met to produce the greatest work of their careers, and failed

A very British comedy crime caper with music, in the tradition of well loved Ealing Comedies, with a little nod towards the popular films Hot Fuzz and Calendar Girls

Stardust is an unflinching original piece combining physical theatre, new writing and hand-drawn animation which takes you on an irreverent and impassioned journey into the dark heart of cocaine production.

The true story of the first convict colony in Australia, Our Country’s Goodis fearlessly bold and vibrantly theatrical. A play which cunningly redresses ideas about the morality of crime and punishment.

Earlier this year Dan Cruickshank embarked upon a perilous journey to Syria, in order to discover what had happened to the ancient city of Palmyra during the three years of Islamic State control.

TUE 14 MAY 2019 7.30PM  Will be the signed performance of Matilda.

A powerful new performance telling the stories of people affected by shell shock in the First World War

A powerful new performance looking at the lives of people affected by shell shock during the First World War

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.

Mr and Mrs Clark make new and thought provoking performances that engage and entertain audiences. The Clarks were short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2015 and presented (F.E.A.R.) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017.

THU 16 MAY 2019 7.30PM Will be the audio described performance of Matilda.

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

A couple torn apart by their son’s death meet at his graveyard.

Dom Coyote is an award-winning composer, performer and writer of songs, based in Bristol who has created work with Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Art Angel, Cirque Bijou and Battersea Arts Centre. He is a regular collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre.

This stranger-than-fiction true life story is a moving and thoughtful portrayal of one man’s determination to find the Good Samaritan who changed his life.

dressed. is about the power of clothes to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us. It is about making something beautiful out of something dark and traumatic. It is a celebration of female performance and friendship.

THU 23 MAY 2019 7.30PM Will be the captioned performance of Matilda

A lyrical, aching, joyous comedy about the unexpected places where love hides itself.

Following its critically acclaimed sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Freeman is touring the UK.

Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre to find out what’s in store for the residents of Newtown in the next episode of ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’!

Contemporary Dance with Acrobatics Mixed contemporary dance techniques, floor work and acrobatic moves.

Discover how to use your physicality to create engaging and compelling non-verbal performance with Physical Theatre teacher and performer Dominique Fester. Increase confidence, develop stage presence, discover pleasure in play.

This monthly workshop is for all women and non-binary people looking to discover and explore improvisation.

London-based long-form improv group specialising in character driven shows, and in being absolute legends.

“Fragments” witnesses behaviour at the end of civilization. The show is an experiment in bringing cinematic levels of truth to theatrical encounters with small audiences. Created by an award-winning filmmaker.

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is deaf dead!

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: A face-achingly funny monthly night of alternative comedy where anything can happen and quite often does

Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre to find out what’s in store for the residents of Newtown in the next episode of ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’!

This course is part of our Performing Improv programme. We’ll train your skills in storytelling and stagecraft, until you’re ready to create a fully-narrative improv show!

This workshop is for all performers interested in learning improvisation driven by character, made popular by LA’s Groundlings Theatre as well as Mandel’s own NYC school, Improvolution.

It’s the fourth annual BIT Summer Garden Party! Come join us for food, fun and (hopefully) sun in the great outdoors! Bring a plate, we’ll supply blankets and bunting.

Join the discussion around women’s development, where the “Good Girl” came from, how she shows up today, and most importantly, how we are going to move beyond her.

In this workshop, you will delve more deeply into scene work, using the tools of character- based improv: relying on the “WHO” of the scene first and foremost.

The international program aims at actors, dancers, performers from all over the world interested in mastering their acting, directing, performance making and movement skills.

Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre to find out what’s in store for the residents of Newtown in the next episode of ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’!

Lecoq-based Physical Theatre Drop-in class

Are you an improviser wanting to get into stand up? Over one weekend, In the experienced hands of Chris Head, create and perform a five-minute stand up comedy act.

Ten week performance course working with industry professionals, offering the opportunity to participate in a live street performance.

A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry

Join us for a fantastic line up of visiting and local LGBTQ improv talent in this special Pride fundraiser. Featuring ‘Christian Adore’ and ‘Eaton Messe’.

Live Nation presents Andy Black plus special guests ahead of the release of his The Ghost of Ohio album.

THE NOISE NEXT DOOR are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. The boys are back with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!!

It’s the last episode of the season! Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre to find out what’s in store for the residents of Newtown in ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’!

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

Zen Zen Zo’s speciality actor -training methods – Butoh, the Suzuki Method, Viewpoints and the devising technique of Composition with Lynne Bradley renowned Australian director.

The annual residential program is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience working in various genres and styles, interested in the practical creative research of Physical Theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary performance.

The international program aims at performance and movement practitioners from all over the world interested in acting, movement and physical theater.

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

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: Stimulate your Sunday brain by coming down to Sharp Teeth’s monthly night of many genres

For those looking to develop their storytelling, improvised narrative and scene work skills. This intensive will hone your ability to sustain an exciting hour-long narrative show.

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

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.

Join Palace and Special Guests in the Anson Rooms with their sublime second album!

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.

Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place.

“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.

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!

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.