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Pink Suits are a political rock duo creating live performance crossing the genres of music, dance, theatre, and film. Political Child is their first full-length work exploring fantasy, sexuality and gender identity. It is their late-onset teen angst rebellion against binary gender expectations.

An Otherstory Puppet show about resistance to WW1 and the amazing story of the secret beneath a Bedminster bike shop.

Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince salutes his comedy heroes and comedy’s ability to unite.

Taking suggestions from the audience, two of the South West’s finest one liner comics take each other on to be crowned International Joke Off Winner.

Celebrating 15 years of Teaching Adult Actors in Bristol. I will teach you the fundamentals of Acting over 8 days and give you tools that will last throughout your career.   I only take 8 actors per course so I can teach each one how to truly Enjoy acting. ( Jan 18th 19th Feb 2nd 9th 17th March 3rd 9th and 10th ) “Brilliant, down to Earth, none of that annoying dramatic “yes, darling” acting classes. Going home energised and with pain in my belly from laughing every time”. Vanessa Bellaar Spriuijt

A series of new works by Impermanence’s Josh Ben-Tovim, Roseanna Anderson & Alessandro Marzotto sit alongside two accomplished and beautiful pieces by Corali, leaders in dance by artists with a learning disability, and a short piece from Bristol performance ‘art-throb Tom Marshman.

Comedy entertainers Little and Large reunite on stage for the first time in decades

The British-Brazilian choreographer explores human identity, cultures and language. Two dancers are caught in a struggle to find their place in the world. A little robot called ‘Macheba’ both interacts with and observes the dancers, mirroring and absorbing our human identities.

This piece is based on stories researched in Bristol and in communities around the south west. In particular we pay tribute to Rita Rees OBE, and her daughter Jane. Without them, the telling of this play would not have been possible.

This piece is based on stories researched in Bristol and in communities around the south west. In particular we pay tribute to Rita Rees OBE, and her daughter Jane. Without them, the telling of this play would not have been possible.

One day, one Boat, ten writers and one very excited creative coach! Step on board for a day of playing, exploring and honing your craft.

“Am I dead?” The question that hangs over Hazel as she realises that everything has changed beyond all recognition. TangleTree’ is a story of life restarting.

Avatar and their followers are the ones who dare to see their full potential, not afraid to stare deep into whatever darkness that comes their way.

Impressionist James Hurn recreates the hit radio comedy Hancock’s Half Hour and all of its most famous voices.

A devilishly funny anti-Christmas comedy from The Wardrobe Theatre, the company that spawned Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Theatre Bristol’s Open Office sessions are informal drop-in coffee mornings for anyone who wants to come and meet us for introductions and new connections. Both Artist Support Associates (ASAs) and one of Theatre Bristol’s Executive Team will be all ears and on hand with tea, coffee, and questions.

Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre for this very special 150th episode. With all the usual madcap comedy, old and new Newtown residents come together for a show you don’t want to miss!

An honest, moving show that will transport you into the heart of an Irish family by Emily Souter Johnson

The BIT presents a double bill of improv talent, especially sourced from the South West. Tonight’s acts are LAST DAY ON EARTH and SPACE CATS

An Otherstory puppet show about resistance to WW1 and the amazing story of the secret beneath a Bedminster bike shop

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

A church Pantomime, Dick Whittington, written and directed by Philip Burnett.

Locked within the pages of any great script are all the ingredients you need to produce an exciting piece of theatre. In this workshop for actors, playwright and director Matt Grinter will take the play from first read through to first night.

The Antics Joke Show presents “The Best Stand-up, sketch and improv in town”, with a night jam-packed with incredible local comedic talent and visiting headliners from further afield. The show has been featured in Bristol 24/7, The Bristol Magazine, and BCFM as one of the best comedy shows in Bristol.

We are starting the year in style with an amazing lineup, in a new venue! This array of talent includes improv superstars The Committee, a mix of golden oldies and new material from Up The Antics and stand-up from two of the best Bristol stand-ups around.

A unique opportunity for performers and artists to work within a playful, focused work space to excavate the vital principles and processes that invigorate personal and collective creative practice.

Mervyn’s going to Kidderminster. Beryl’s off for her monthly trip to the wholesaler in Exeter (or is she?) and there’s only Hattie, the over-zealous new junior, to keep an eye on the salon. What could possibly go wrong? 

Train with international Movement Director Vincent Manna as he comes to Bristol for one day to train YOU!

The legendarily anarchic Improbable return to Bristol with The Paper Man, an intriguing true story of political protest, power and football. Improvisation impresarios, never shy to tackle the sensitive social and cultural complexities that affect us all.

This is a two day workshop about Commedia dell’Arte performance – possibly the most complex and demanding of all theatrical performance traditions. Think improvised comedy meets ballet meets soap opera meets costume drama and all in half masks.

D&D is an opportunity for arts people at every point in their careers, from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals, to come together and focus on the question what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?

COMMON: GROUND is a series of supportive discussions which offer a platform to ‘off-stage creatives’ who self-identify as working-class to share the barriers to career development they face when building careers in theatre in their region.

Ratchet Theatre’s 1 BED, 2 PLAYS are two plays that go very well together; they’re both set in one bed. And they’re both about love. Well sex actually. But in very different ways. 

A welcome return to Tobacco Factory Theatres for the makers of Team Viking with their new hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair, and friendship.

Kopfkino’s debut piece utilises contrasting text and movement to investigate what happens when a community stops talking to each other

Multi-award winning Laurel and Hardy impersonators bring a brand new collection of the boys’ best bits, and lesser known sketches.

Are you auditioning for LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) this year? Creating your two-minute devised piece can be daunting. These two workshops on 12th Jan and 2nd Feb offer professional help and direction.

Following The Weston Studio’s celebratory opening in 2018, kick off your 2019 with a bang as Ferment Fortnight returns to its rightful Studio home. The public face of our year-round artist development programme, Ferment Fortnight is our bi-annual opportunity to invite you – the audience – to come and engage with work that is still being made.

Light Steps is a stunning 40-minute music & dance performance aimed at children aged 2-5 years in family and pre-school audiences.

A wintery show for long, dark nights, live film animation company The Paper Cinema present a bewitching new production based on ghostly tales from around the country

The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare is a glorious celebration of the work of the world’s greatest playwright.

Fun filled day of workshops for all the family, concluding in a performance. This performance will decide the winner of the Bristol Playwright Festival 2019.

Jamie Wood presents his effortlessly Funny workshops, exploring his definition of the word ‘clown’.

Told with exquisite puppetry, original music and a whole lot of heart, Little Gift is a brand new story from multi award-winners M6 Theatre and Andy Manley.

A toy and puppet theatre exploration of cinematic horror from Croon Productions, creators of the fantastic puppetry Western, SPAGHETTI!

Bristol Old Vic (Coopers Loft) Playwrights Showcase – Dead Girl Walking by Caroline Summerfield 8pm Wednesday 6th February 2019 – shortlisted by the Finborough Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic.   

The ever popular scratch night for new ideas, catching up with your circus friends, seeing some work and feeding back returns.

Heroes, monsters and randy gods go head-to-head in a hilarious and unforgettable journey through the greatest stories ever told – by Out Of Chaos

Insane Root’s February Fundraiser celebrating its burgeoning songbook

Expert and performer Cheryl Stapleton leads a “play day” with the Commedia dell’Arte characters, creating a 20 minute performance by the end of the day.

The best in improvised comedy – welcome to an evening of songs, gags and general silliness – with all of it based around audience suggestions.

Instant Wit! The best in improvised comedy. Fresh and inventive, each show throws up new nuggets of hilarity crafted by a company of the highest calibre. It’s a pick-me-up tonic with unexpected twists and a dash of sauce.

Not for the easily offended.

It’s Valentine’s Day in Newtown and that can only mean one thing: HILARITY AND HEARTBREAK.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Stumble Trip Theatre present a genre-blending, gender-bending story of LOVE told by all-singing, all-dancing Lecoq-trained clowns

O No! is a psychedelic ride and wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying The Beatles, which asks whether falling in love is always catastrophic.

Can scripted theatre be imbued with the same spirit of spontaneity as improvised theatre? Can improvisation be so slick it looks rehearsed and scripted?

I Am A Tree is an invitation to drink deep, face the shadows that growl inside you and laugh big.

Join Fran’s quest for a “normal” sex life – featured in The Guardian’s Best Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018, written and performed by Fran Bushe, presented by Voxie

Beating McEnroe is about rivalry and love and how they can both better us and destroy us.

Through songs, recorded interviews, found love letters, poetry and stories this comic tale of Blackpool will make you fall back in love with this famous seaside town.

Riddlestick Theatre present a riotous musical comedy celebrating curiosity and imagination with a miscellany of tall tales handpicked by you – featured in The Guardian’s Best Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

An out of this world adventure for ages 3-8 and their families – After a summer residency at National Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Star Seekers return to Bristol Space Station!

Fat Blokes uncovers why fat men are never sexy but are always funny, always the ‘before’ but never the ‘after’ shot. Made in collaboration with Lea Anderson and four fat blokes who’ve never done this sort of thing before. Prepare yourself for a show about pent up aggression, riot grrrl and the hokey cokey.

What is the best way to find the truth of an emotion; inside-out – or outside-in? Based on the work of Indian company Adishakti, this workshop will introduce a new performance methodology…..

ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

A four hour workshop lead by one of the countries most exciting young Directors Tinuke Craig. Credits include: Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic)

The National Youth Circus Event brings together youth circus schools from across the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The three day event gives youth circuses the opportunity to visit the National Centre for Circus Arts, take part in a weekend of workshops, masterclasses and meet other young circus performers. The weekend also includes a Practitioner Programme of workshops for group leaders.

An offbeat facetious romp that explores the ins and outs of theatre through the medium of dance. Expect nods to the new, bows to the Bard, blood baths and drag kings.

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’!

A music and dance duet, a visual monologue, an exploration of communication by Cornwall’s brilliant Cheap Date Dance Company

From narrative structure to character, this workshop will introduce the budding playwright to what it takes to write an engaging and exciting play. Led by award-winning writer/director Matt Grinter.

Liquid Sky is a new piece of visual theatre exploring the interface between sonic art and aerial circus, within a laser light scenography. Titled as an homage to the cult 80s movie and a famous laser visual effect, the performance takes inspiration from Doris Lessing’s feminist Sci Fi novel ‘The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five’ about an epic escape for enlightenment.

Inspired by YOUR suggestions, Bristol Improv Theatre’s stunning improvisers, singers and musicians create a brand-new, never-before-seen, smash-hit musical right before your eyes!

Shoofly Theatre presents a funny and charming journey into the world of numbers for ages 3-8 and their familes, by Katie Sykes and Craig Edwards

MONDAY 4TH MARCH 2019 7.30PM Will be the signed performance of Kinky Boots.

TUESDAY 5TH MARCH 7.30PM Will be the captioned performance of Kinky Boots.

Witness exciting new company Run Like Stags’ rebellious semi-musical exploring a forgotten piece of British feminist history – follow one woman’s journey from Ipswich underdog to game-changing punk hero

WEDS 6TH MARCH 2019 7.30PM Will be the audio described performance of Kinky Boots.

On Thursday 7th March come and join the next instalment of our Creative Cafe as Fiona Matthews gives a snapshot of Theatre Orchard’s work and shares how the company has evolved.

A THOUSAND FACES explores the objectification of women in Bollywood and Hollywood glamour and the indiscriminate abuse and violence they can find. It specifically looks into acid attacks and devastation they cause.

This dynamic and exciting physical theatre masterclass explores the world of expressionist theatre through a range pf physical and vocal techniques.

Should we have kids, or not? George and Nir are a real-life same-sex couple trying to answer a question many of us face.

Willy Hudson’s funny, honest and open-hearted storytelling yanks the lid off the queer experience

Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘London’s hottest musical’ (Smooth Radio) Kinky Boots is touring the UK in 2018! With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop …

Shoofly Theatre presents a funny and charming journey into the world of numbers for ages 3-8 and their familes, by Katie Sykes and Craig Edwards

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’!

Theatre Bristol’s Open Office sessions are informal drop-in coffee mornings for anyone who wants to come and meet us for introductions and new connections. Both Artist Support Associates (ASAs) and one of Theatre Bristol’s Executive Team will be all ears and on hand with tea, coffee, and questions.

Hal’s literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.

What will one woman do to go down in history? The brilliant new show from Exeter’s Scratchworks Theatre, makers of Great Train Robbery

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord’s first solo show challenges the status quo around being who you are versus who you have to be to succeed in society today.

26 hours non-stop | over 30 performers | 1 truly epic live improvised play!

Calling all adventure lovers! The award winning Kendal Mountain Festival is back on the road with its UK Tour.

An exciting night of spoken word with the 2017 Hammer & Tongue National Slam Champion and the 2018 BBC Slam Champion

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!

This course will support you to negotiate your organisation’s competing agendas and objectives, to navigate barriers created by other people or departments, to create a fully coordinated approach that will maximise the potential for fundraising.

Each year, BE FESTIVAL packages up three favourite shows from its international festival in Birmingham and sends them on a tour of the UK. This year, there’ll be a daredevil, an illusionist and a juggling-computer-musical genius performing a medley of circus, theatre and illusion all in one evening.

Following on from the success of Gloriator and Glorilla, comedy duo Spitz & Co are proud to present the third and final show of their trilogy

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

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

This one-person, multidisciplinary performative act examines the ownership over the physical body from social, political and ethical standpoints – particularly pertinent in the era of campaigns such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.

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’!

‘Dark City Sessions’ are a monthly opportunity for people from the visual impairment community to share stories, connect, inspire and be inspired. Recorded for podcast, the sessions will inform the Dark City immersive, multi sensory production planned for 2019 and also provide opportunity for the VI community to discuss the type of creative activities they would like to see made accessible in Bristol.

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

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!’

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.

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. 

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!

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!

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

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.

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

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’!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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’!

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’!

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’!

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.

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

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

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.