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Knowledge Exchange and the Creative Industries seminar: Paul Clarke on Billennium Square / Sharon Clark on Raucous Theatre

Moving through choreography, text and music, Emergency Chorus weave together the history of mushroom foragers in Oregon and apocalypse narratives into a haunting tapestry of life in the wilderness.

This intensive 8 week-course is for theatre makers, actors, circus performers, dancers and directors who would like to expand their physical vocabulary and explore the relationship between the body, movement, voice, emotion and text whilst working in an ensemble. The aim of the course is to offer a range of practical tools that stimulate the performer’s creative process and can be integrated in their personal training and further artistic practice.

Salmon is a brand new play by emerging female theatre company, Eve and Sea Productions. Salmon explores male mental health and millennial immovability; highlighting drug culture in small towns and the disembodiment of the protagonist, Angus. An explosive piece of new writing, blending spoken word, music and surrealism, Salmon follows Angus and his self-destruction and battle with mental health after the death of his dog. 

Encountered on a ward round: Daniel, a refugee from Eritrea, now a trainee nurse; Rahmiya, a Muslim doctor; and David, an elderly white cancer patient. Just another dysfunctional NHS ‘family’. Find out how this story unravels…

Blending poetry, an original score and surrealism, Eve and Sea Production’s powerful show unsettles and disrupts; confronting its audience with an exposing commentary on male mental health, drug abuse and the disillusionment of youth in the 21st century.

One improviser. One moment. One chance to change the world through improvised songs, dance, poetry and ART.

The messed-up live art cabaret show

Such malice….. Such ingratitude….Such moral corruption

Forced Entertainment make a welcome return to Arnolfini to present To Move In Time, a Tim Etchells co-production, in collaboration with performer Tyrone Huggins (Black Men Walking, Opening Skinner’s Box).

A magical playful children’s show about a little boy who has a dream. With breathtaking puppets so enchanting, that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat! 

Music Theatre Bristol presents: Legally Blonde the Musical! Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who follows love all the way to Harvard Law only to achieve more than anyone thought she was capable of.

Workshop with Toby Hulse, Bristol-based playwright and theatre director. The first in The Sunday Sessions by The Wardrobe Theatre. A series of workshops for theatre makers in the city to meet, play, share their practice, explore ideas together and learn from each other. Each session will be led by a different local theatre maker. Places are limited so book in advance.

Puppet show for all ages, discussing animal conservation and human impact on natural habitats. A silly and joyful journey with two zoo keepers and their family of endangered (puppet) animals.

Discover the sights, sounds and textures of the seasons in this beautiful winter show for 0-3 years from Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol alumni WILDERBEAST.

It is winter. Outside it is cold and wet. The wind howls, it gets colder and colder and colder until… The first snowflake falls from the sky…

A 2-day professional workshop designed to introduce the fundamentals of breathing life into the inanimate and the core principles of puppetry.

Political comedian and “rising star of the British stand-up scene” (The List) Alex Kealy explores the emotional roots of our rational thoughts in his latest show.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School production of  A love story set amongst the suffragettes’struggle for justice. Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Directed by Sarah Bedi Age 14+ Contains scenes which some may find upsetting.

Join acta’s community youth theatre for a special double bill performance – Sea of Time / Paradise Island! Tickets just £3 adults and £2 child.

Following a sell-out 2019 Edinburgh run, the “utterly hilarious” (Broadway Baby) stand-up embarks on his second UK tour.

Candoco heads to the Bristol Old Vic with Theo Clinkard’s new creation Hot Mess and the wild and sensual Face In by choreographer Yasmeen Godder.

Open to all abilities, the Singing Songs Drop-in is a chance to flex your improvising musical muscles in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Early years dance/theatre show for 6-24 month olds & their grown-ups by Angel Exit Theatre Company.

It’s a bit like a book club but for plays and performances.  You buy your own tickets, see the show, then meet up after to discuss it with other audience members and an Artist Support Associate fromTheatre Bristol.

When did you last feel alive? Fifty, frumpy and full of inhibitions, newly divorced Julie is searching for the sex life she once had, declaring: “I’m not ready to be put out to pasture yet!”.

Serving you wit as sharp as their contour; jinks as high as their brows; memories that will stick with you longer than last night’s glitter, we present The Dragprov Revue.

Up The Antics present a brand new improv show, The Russian Doll!

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Operatic soprano Louise Geller performs a selection of comedy arias from operas old to new with the help of props, streamers and some of opera’s wildest characters!

A fast-paced day of singing and dancing: up your game technically and improve your acting through song/dance.

A holistic, experiential workshop that uses movement, story, and play to explore and create connection with a more empowered sense of self.

Improv comedy has never been more alive in Bristol! Bristol Longform Comedy’s monthly improv jam is back! Showcasing the best Bristol’s improv scene, come join us for a warm night of comedy!  This month featuring Tally Ho Productions’ “Improvised Batman” and an audience jam!

Deanna Fleysher is coming back to the UK and this time the Drag King Workshop is 100% thrusting it’s hips in Bristol’s unsuspecting face! A workshop and competition show in the fierce vulnerability of masculine drag Open to women-identified and non-binary afab performers.

A 2-day professional workshop designed to introduce the fundamentals of animatronics led by Puppet Place resident artist, David McGoran.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present this remarkable play investigating the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 and the effect it had on the community of Laramie. Age 14+ Contains scenes which some may find upsetting.

Award winning theatre company Fun in the Oven Theatre are proud to present a two day intensive clown and physical theatre workshop.

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!

Explore the comedy of the scene. Game is the shiniest moment in an improv scene. By playing Game we are exploring the scene’s comedic possibilities. We will create engaging characters, find patterns, and explore how to heighten towards a comedic finale. We learn how to make an improv scene look like a written sketch. The final class will be on performing the Pretty Flower 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!

Part gig. Part their Mums living rooms. Bonnie and The Bonnettes delve into motherhood, womanhood, and femininity through conversations with their Mums, armed with three microphones, music, and a bottle of prosecco.

Natalie Inside Out playfully turns our conventional ideas of circus upside down and inside out in this unique collaboration between a world-class hand-balancer and digital artist.

Critically-acclaimed touring pub play ‘Horses! Horses!’ is back by popular demand and cantering into Bristol this February and March

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An in-depth exploration of text for actors, using the written word as the foundation of your acting choices, finding the need to speak, forming character through language and ensuring we serve up the text at its best.

Lewis Doherty presents BOAR, a one-man fantasy adventure tale. Prepare for arrows to roll and heads to fly in this action-packed comedy of swords, sorcery and swill!

This year The Bristol Improv Theatre celebrates International Women’s Day with a double bill of fantastic female talent. Featuring Derek’s MoJo and If These Walls Could Talk.

Oh No, George! is the delightfully playful tale of a dog who can’t resist temptation. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton.

Part improv performance, part hidden camera show, part social experiment.  

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.

Chris Goode focuses on works that foreground the strangeness of language and the weird and awesome border-zone where text meets music meets noise. The programme includes works by Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein and Kurt Schwitters.

This opera theatre project is built around the iconic Greek mythological figure of Sisyphus, as seen through the eyes of the French philosopher and Nobel-awarded author Albert Camus.

Four lonely Londoners tell stories, weave lies and confessions, reveal and conceal desires and regrets. All are plummeting towards one blistering afternoon in July.

The absurdist night of modern music hall that celebrates the weird and wonderful. Join us for a warm and welcoming evening of poignant shenanigans.

How can theatre companies in the South West survive and thrive? Living Spit invite you to a free learning and sharing event, co-hosted with Theatre Bristol.

It’s Friday 13th, but a lucky night if you’re a fan of songs, gags and silliness, all of based around audience suggestions.

Instant Wit! The best in improvised comedy.

Lola is a twisted exploration of trying to remember and not remembering, featuring tightwire, aerial straps and all manner of circus skills.

Explore the complex layers of story, character and atmosphere revealed by Pinter and Chekhov, and bring these from page to stage.

Closer Each Day Company, in association with The Bristol Improv Theatre, present their annual 26-hour long improv marathon! A team of 30 performers will take to the stage in this narrative improvised show, which is not only a test of our performers’ skill … but also their stamina.

Forty years ago, People Show Cabaret toured the world and its four protagonists were dubbed ‘the Beatles of performance art’. With the British Library now archiving the first 50 years of this radical company, it surges onwards into another decade.

Limina Immersive and Harvey Nichols present, The Virtual Circus: VR experiences by Cirque du Soleil, an evening of immersive circus delights…

Vivid, brilliant, and surreal character comedy from the heart of the Nevada desert. The place: Burning Man. The people: wonderfully bizarre. You cannot miss this live on stage comedy documentary.

This workshop is designed for participants at any stage in their clown or improv journey who wishes to broaden their skillset in a supportive environment.

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You have a son you dislike. Your wife is dead. What do you do? How far would you go to get a better one? One you like.

A fantastic afternoon showcasing new performances from Bristol-based POC artists

Original, devised theatre performance by acta’s Lockleaze Stories: based on horrific true stories of people turning to loan sharks. Suitable for ages 14+ (language; sexual and violent references.)

David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin) returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres to direct Edward Albee’s landmark black comedy. By turns brilliantly funny and utterly devastating, you won’t want to look away.

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

The Natural Theatre School Creating and Devising class is the follow-on course for participants who have undertaken our Adult Theatre and Performance Skills classes. 

Impressions: A six week exploration of movement improvisation. A training in movement improvisation introducing different tools to sharpen perception, expand awareness, dance with impressions and play with our imaginations. The course is open to everyone with a movement practice, and those who would like to have one.

Justin Brett and Susan Harrison weave a folk tale as old as time and as new as the moment it was created in.

An exhilarating all female line up of dance, theatre and storytelling. Three shows from 3 different countries, all in one astounding evening.

Fiji – A Cannibalistic Romantic Comedy Nick and Sam have a date this weekend and if things go well it will be the first and last time they will ever see each other. You see Nick wants to eat Sam… and Sam really wants to be eaten.

Looking for something fun to do with your kids at the weekend? Families of all ages are welcome at our relaxed improv taster sessions.

Two practical masterclasses for actors on Commedia dell’Arte. First, embody the stock characters using body, voice and mask. Then explore comic archetypes in Shakespeare and Molière.

Theatre Bristol’s bi-monthly Open Office sessions are informal 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. Both Artist Support Associates and one of Theatre Bristol’s Executive Team will be all ears and on hand with tea, coffee, and questions.

Combining theatre and circus, our first year BTEC students present Adapting Stories. Taking a well known narrative, students will create and remake their own versions.

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

A fun-focused, laughter-filled introduction to performing improv in front of an audience. A follow up to our hugely popular Discovering Improv course.

A three-day, jam packed, improv skills Easter school for ages 12 – 19!

Scene work is the beating heart of improvised theatre. This course delves into improv technique and theory from a range of approaches to help the participants stretch their scenic muscles.

For anyone who’s fancied making up songs on the spot, and for those who don’t think they can sing but would love to have a go. Part of our Performing Improv programme.

Officially endorsed Bowling for Soup Jukebox Musical! Proudly returning to Bristol after starting out here in 2018 and having great success in London last year!

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.

Learn how your improv skills can take you into scripted comedy & learn how to use improv as an ongoing tool to support and inspire your writing.

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.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present a programme of contemporary theatre by our graduating directors.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present a programme of contemporary theatre by our graduating directors.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present a programme of contemporary theatre by our graduating directors.

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

4 Day Introduction to Dramatherapy offering a practical exploration of various models of dramatherapy, methods and their application. This includes working with story, improvisation, forum theatre, masks and movement.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present a programme of contemporary theatre by our graduating directors.

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene. Having inherited her father’s farm, Bathsheba finds herself playing mistress in a man’s world. She is pursued by three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; the handsome and reckless Sergeant Troy; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and obsessive landowner. But are any of them a match for the independent and spirited Bathsheba? This amateur production of ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Dance sessions for over 50s

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.

A playful and gentle dance movement class specifically designed for people living with Parkinson’s.

A five-day, jam packed, improv skills easter school for ages 12 – 19!

Move Dance Feel is a creative project for women affected by cancer, including those caring for someone with cancer, designed to offer holistic support and enhance wellbeing.

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