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Clown and Physical Improvisation Drop-In

Melissa wakes up after collapsing at her Cancer party…yes cancer party.

Actor Paul McGann hosts Slapstick’s much loved silent comedy film gala featuring classics starring Keaton, Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy and live music.

Ground-breaking and multi-award winning show ‘Labels’ which examines racism, immigration and displacement comes to Bristol January 2020

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

Voiceover and accent/dialect workshop with Peta Maurice

Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical. Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won’t forget.

Up The Antics bring their hit monthly comedy genre variety show to the Bristol Improv Theatre, with headliners The Biscuit Barrel!

The Political History of Smack and Crack is a riotous and tender portrayal of two life-long addicts, shot through with home truths about the road to recovery.

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

OPEN DAY! Friday 24th JAN 11-8pm. Come for a cuppa, see the space and say hello! New affordable rehearsal space, Old Market. 600 sq ft.

Omni is a contemporary circus performance created by the graduating BA class of Circomedia 2020. Omni is a homage to physical innovation and boundless creativity.

mpossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again! Sound familiar? Based by Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will let rip with their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creations – KING UBU.

Recreated live on stage, with three of its original cast, an updated version of the zany radio show which helped to kick-start a UK comedy revolution.

Looking to take your improvised scene work, acting or performing skills to the next level in a stretching, but safe and supportive environment?

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

Trial opportunity for Bristol-based creatives to co-work in any creative way you like in the large main studio at Creative Workspace for the bargain price of £5 for the whole day (includes a hot drink from our cafe).

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.

Devising and writing workshop for actors

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

Funny, tender and painfully awkward, Romantics Anonymous is a delicious love story about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy.

Playful Contemporary Dance Workshop, working with contact improvisation, exploring the power and use of gravity in our bodies and movement and exploring our innate creative potential within movement. Discovering how bodies can move in multiple ways wither alone or together and some good tunes to lighten the soul.

The first regional Equity puppeteers network meeting – Bristol.

Come and meet or reconnect with our Artist Support Associates to find out about our artist support services and play Cards for Inclusion with Holly Thomas, to explore how barriers in the art sector can be removed and how we can make our offer more accessible to disabled people.

RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican Journey tells the story of Reggae music from the arrival of the Windrush Generation, and how their stories, history and music have evolved through the decades to take the world by storm.

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!

So what’s been happening since our last anti-Brexit revue in May 2019? Not much really … unless you count another Prime Minister, another cabinet, another deal, another general election…

Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic present a playful experience filled with warmth, sensation and gentle exploration, suitable for babes in arms and pre-schoolers aged 0-3 accompanied by their carers.

Multi award-winning Mark Bruce Company bring their flair for vivid story-telling (Dracula, The Odyssey, Macbeth) to a dark new captivating tale drawn from popular culture and ancient Egyptian myth.

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!

Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic present a playful experience filled with warmth, sensation and gentle exploration, suitable for babes in arms and pre-schoolers aged 0-3 accompanied by their carers.

The 3rd Brexit themed show by Remania Productions, a successful and popular Bristol-based theatre company who are passionate Europeans, staging satirical, musical revues that reflect the absurdities of the current political situation.

Box

BOX is a humorous and uplifting tale about sibling connection and rivalry, featuring impressive hand-balancing, acrobatics and a mysterious box of tricks.

It’s a new year! 2020 is landing, and with that – it’s the return of the Ferment Fortnight and all sorts of excellent ideas from a new collection of South West theatremakers. Come and join us as we prise open the rehearsal room doors and throw some of the finest talent in the West Country onto the Weston Studio stage with a festival that celebrates 10 years of Bristol Ferment – a decade of supporting brilliant South West artists and companies develop and present brilliant work here, in the region, around the country & around the world. Often, it all starts with a sharing in the Ferment Fortnight.

Theatre Orchard and Living Spit have teamed up to make the smallest, snappiest ballet ever performed.

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.

RIOT is a true story set in a lamp-lit flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and more characters than you can throw a meatball at. Hammered together with physical theatre and music, The Wardrobe Ensemble tear up the instructions and disregard the diagrams to construct a comedic tragedy of a thoroughly modern kind.

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

How To Beat Up Your Dad is the tale of one young mans journey through manhood. From a meek teenager to becoming a young man stealing Yakults, searching for happiness and finally standing up to his own dad.

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.

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

The 7-day course will explore Stanislavski, Uta Hagen and Laban techniques that will allow you to enjoy yourself onstage and create dynamic characters with depth and truth. “Simply put; Dave knows how to make you a better actor.” Stephen Graham Bafta-nominated for Best Actor

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

What is there to do when you’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods? Read a book? Play some Scrabble? Hide from the monsters lurking outside in the dark?

Revelations is an epic story about faith, foxes, and trying to do the right thing even when it involves taking all your clothes off.

Bristol  Old Vic Theatre School theatre in education production. Performed in under an hour, this fast paced, playful, and accessible production provides the ideal introduction to one of Shakespeare’s best-loved tragedies, as well as a thrilling revisiting for all those who already know and love the play. Suitable for everyone over the age of five.

Hosted by Lizzie Johnson, decorate and make your own colourful hand puppet in this afternoon workshop at Puppet Place.

This course is part of our performing improv programme. learn to explore narrative – hone your improvised theatre skills.

This 8 week-course is inspired by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq and is aimed at actors, theatre-makers, musicians, dancers and circus performers who would like to research, develop and solidify their skills in theatrical clowning whilst working in an ensemble.

This half term, enter the wonderful world of David Walliams. If you know your Gangsta Grannies from your Awful Aunties, this is the workshop for you! 

Performing Improv L1 is a programme of three seven-week classes, which rotate throughout the year: Creating Characters, Telling Stories and Singing Songs.

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dance sessions for over 50s

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

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.

Children are the future of every nation, but poverty causes children to step back and live within the smallest radius. We are aware of the continuous global developments; there are still 767 million people across the world who are fighting from numerous socio-economic challenges.