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This November the Bristol Improv Theatre’s amateur improv community are bringing to the stage two brand new shows whose cast and director are members of the Unscripted Players.

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

A dark comedy about a group of people who seek therapy through writing. Come and join the WIT attendees for a bit of….well, you decide what they’re getting out of their therapeutic writing sessions.

For one night only -THE RICHARD AWARD WILL SHOWCASE THE WORK OF EXCEPTIONAL EMERGING CIRCUS ARTISTS TRAINED IN BRISTOL -Seven acts have been selected from dozens of applicants to attend this live final. Who will take away the prize?

The Richard Award will showcase the work of exceptional emerging artists trained in Bristol, the powerhouse for the creation and development of circus in the UK.

Scratchpad is the Bristol Improv Theatre’s new scratch night – carving out stage time for fledgling ideas, emerging groups and the shooting sprouts of talent.

Join the Good Things Foundation and the Online Centres Network for a showcase of community services and membership networks.

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

An interactive performance creating a digital record of our time: how do you want to be remembered?

The main aim of this session is to equip you and leave you feeling confident in your ability to support and manage the behaviour of the children and young people you work with.

Returning to the magnificent Arnos Vale Cemetery for the 4th year, following three sell out gothic horror productions!

Be transported to a synthesiser-drenched world through Livia Rita’s FUGA FUTURA, performed with the Avantgardeners Collective. A gang of dancing witches will fill Old E with Livia’s wearable art to lush sounds from the band.

Come and join CADS for a fast and furious rendition of your favourite fairy tale, complete with cross-dressing, custard pies, fantastic songs and lots of laughter!

This is their story: two people, neighbours, helping each other out through Britain’s darkest hour. The tales they have to tell are true, gathered from wartime housewives, Home Guards, factory workers, ARP Wardens, GIs and those who saw a city at war through children’s eyes. All set to music of the era, creating a wonderful period feel from memories both happy and sad.

This performance and re-enactment collages transcripts and academic texts highlighting theoretical and personal tensions between men attempting to challenge and change established notions of masculinity and their feminist contemporaries.

THE RABBIT’S IN TOWN AGAIN! Join us for a night of high quality cabaret featuring comedy, aerial, acrobatics, burlesque and juggling along with beautiful and innovative live music.

Learn the most important improv format in the world. The Harold is an improv format created by Del Close and Charna Halpern in Chicago. It is one of the first and most important longform formats in the world, and it is being performed even to this day by improvisers all over the world. The format is an amalgamation of everything longform stands for; Game, Truthful scenes, Characters, Support, and Teamwork. We learn how to make an improv scene look like a written sketch show. There is a class show at the end of the course. 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!

Improvisation, play and deep nature connection – think of a beautiful combo of outdoor fooling, forest school-style play for adults, forest bathing and inner rewilding. Woodland site with campfire.

See a South Bristol estate like you’ve never seen it before: through interactive artworks, stories and almost 100 years of memory.

Impressions: An eight week exploration into 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.

This unique, interactive workshop will explore how we can use the breath via vocal improvisation. Led by Mandeep Singh (@mandeepthemc), rapper and psychiatrist-in-training, the workshop will use freestyle rapping to explore the breath free-form.

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.

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.

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

Spend the day with Fred and his friend the pigeon. He’ll show you a side of the city you’ve never seen before – the dark side. See, Fred’s homeless and while he’s doing his best to get along and stay alive every day is a struggle, especially at this time of year.

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

“Planes carrying nukes, the terrifying sound of life atomized into static noise: Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) feels very much of the minute” (New York Times). The legendary Split Britches return to Bristol with a performance exploring ageing, anxiety, and the end of the world.

Jonah’s fallen into a coma and his mother is trying to sing him out of it. But instead of stirring from sleep, Jonah finds himself drawn further into the belly of the whale.

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.

Improv teams from all over the country will battle it out in a bloodthirsty struggle in the hope that you, the audience, will hand them the comedy crown. Who wins? You decide!

The Antics Joke Show continues its tour of Bristol’s best venues with a visit to the glorious Alma Tavern & Theatre. Joining them will be a kick-ass sketch group from up north and a couple of Bristol’s hottest up and coming stand-up talent. Not one to miss.

The Antics Joke Show continues its tour of Bristol’s best venues with a visit to the glorious Alma Tavern & Theatre.

A two day immersion in the fundamentals of Lecoq based Physical Theatre. This is especially for those new to the practice.

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.

Featuring stunning soloists from the West End including Merryl Ansah (Lion King, Heathers, Beautiful), Luke McCall (Les Mis, Phantom, Titanic), Sabrina Aloueche (We Will Rock you, Les Mis, Chess) and Jack Reitman (Amour, Thrill me, Brass) accompanied by a dazzling orchestra.

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

Featuring stunning soloists from the West End including Merryl Ansah (Lion King, Heathers, Beautiful), Luke McCall (Les Mis, Phantom, Titanic), Sabrina Aloueche (We Will Rock you, Les Mis, Chess) and Jack Reitman (Amour, Thrill me, Brass) accompanied by a dazzling orchestra.

Clown, movement and devising training for perfomers

An 8-week introduction to living with presence & a radically different way of being for greater physical, emotional and psychological well-being

Middle aged, working class, Liverpudlian housewife Shirley is alone again. And talking to the kitchen wall. Again.

Join Moving Object Group, a renewing cohort of practising artists who come together to discuss and develop their work.

Take part in this exciting opportunity to create a play in a day based on our wonderful Christmas show, Snow White, and perform it in Tobacco Factory Theatres, Factory Theatre.

This workshop is an introduction to Federico García Lorca’s theatre world where we’ll combine physical and text work to explore his major plays.

Introductory immersion to conscious embodiment & deepening somatic awareness for greater physical, emotional and psychological well-being

A programme designed for actors, performers, and those interested in getting on stage!

Lecoq-based physical theatre, movement research and training

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

Join Dr Alice Malpass, Elspeth Penny and Prof Gene Feder for an interdisciplinary workshop exploring how arts health approaches using letters as stories may support patients and their doctors to talk about breathlessness.

A Ghost Story of Christmas.

Join Alan Starzinski for two guest improv workshops; ‘Get Real’ and ‘Immediately Game!’. Alan Starzinski is an actor, comedian, and writer living in Los Angeles. He has been at the Upright Citizens Brigade since June 2007. He has been on the House improv teams Sandino, Rocks, and is now on the house team Camp. His one man shows “Guy’s You Love to Hate” and “Umconfortable” both had runs at the UCB Theatre in New York . He can be seen performing all around New York City, on commercials, and across the web. He has taught improv and theatre workshops around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Oxford University.

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.

Director Sue Stobbs brings you an ideal alternative to the usual Christmas show with Tim Firth’s Flint Street Nativity where the children are played by adults who later play their parents!

Yoga and physical theatre for performers

Lecoq-based training/movement research

A six-session introduction to conscious embodiment & deepening somatic awareness for greater physical, emotional and psychological well-being

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.

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

Step inside 1920’s Hollywood with this one-night-only expanded cinema production of musical classic, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

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.

Instant Wit! The best in improvised comedy.

Something distinctly Victorian and brandy buttered onboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain, presented by the creators of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

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.

Join the BIT this December for nights of mayhem, hijinks and improvised adventures, told as all festive stories should be: with puppets.

Celebrate the arrival of 2020 in great company and with top-notch improvised theatre shows. Ticket includes a glass of bubbly on arrival!

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!

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

The BIT presents a double bill of improv talent, especially sourced from the South West.

A brand new dark comedy from the company that spawned Oedipuss In Boots, Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears!

Beats for your feet, body & soul – de-stressing, shaking it out, coming home to yourself & working into the sweat of your moving presence

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 RH Experience are very excited to be bringing their 5-star show Stuck back to the Bristol Improv Theatre for one night only.

A completely improvised (and totally unauthorised) tribute to P. G. Wodehouse.

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.

No script Sherlock! Packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s great detective.

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!

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.

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!

Blurring reality, improv and theatre, get your hands dirty and join the club.

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

Expect gameshow-style hijinks, Blind Date-worthy puns, made up serenades, and at least one genuine instance of love at first sight (guaranteed).

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

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

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.

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.

Dance sessions for over 50s

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