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Join you host Harry Allmark for a mad comedy night featuring a whole selection of stupendous stand-up, crazy clowning, kooky characters, impressive improv and strange sketches.

The film and television industry is now a significant part of the local economy and it is growing. But how does it work? who does what, how are locations found? Our speaker at this event, Rob Champion, is a film and television location manager and former Bristol City Council Film Officer. Rob specialises in TV drama and, as well as telling us about his experiences in this area, he will give an overview of the current film and television industry in Bristol. He will also cover how film and television locations are found, the dealing with owners, what is important in selecting a location and much more. Rob Champion studied Architecture in Bristol before moving into the film industry. He has worked on many well known movies and TV series both as location manager and as production manager

Written and performed by Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly re-imagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairy-tale.

Forget your mundane everyday and step inside an inflatable dome, an immersive dance experience by Neon Dance in which barriers between artist and audience are removed.

On a dark and stormy night, an original classic horror play is created based entirely on your suggestions. An evening of murder, mayhem and making it up on the spot.

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

The Antics Joke Show celebrates October with a typically hilarious mix of stand-up, sketch and improvised comedy.

A love song, an elegy, a celebration – Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing.

No Idea is a mischievous look at where we were then, and where we are now. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confessional, part-comedy sketch show, with a touch of singing and dancing – these are the adventures of two friends in search of a story.

Let us take you back to the 90s… The 1590s… Follow intrepid mystery hunters Olive and Teddy in this hilarious show as they become embroiled with witches, haunted houses and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience.

Hardware. Software. Wetware. Witness a cyborg goddess, and confront your ultimate fear – the rising up of the feminine body.

A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, ‘Barnum’ is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends, toe-tapping songs and immense heart.

Robert Lloyd Parry from Nunkie Theatre returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to continue his M R James Project, re-telling more of M R James’s most eerie spine chillers by candlelight.

“The audience are kidnapped from their comfort behind the fourth wall and are helplessly thrust into new emotional territory.” – ★★★★★ The Upcoming

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!

Join Life of Breath researcher, Dr Coreen McGuire, as she discusses the consequences of gender in respiratory illness through the lens of local historical cases.

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 dedicated to the Armando 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!

Three bouncy besties seeking some top-notch cookie hunters! Quick thinking, team playing adventurers needed to help us on our quest. Suitable for deaf audiences.

Online viral sensation Louis Burgess has been dubbed as one of freshest & most exciting musical comedy acts in the UK. Louis has achieved over 50 million views worldwide for his online comedy videos, best known for his online hits “I’m Awake” and “Long Build Ups and Disappointing Drops”. Featured on Unilad, Viral Thread, Wall Of Comedy, The Poke & Metro to name a few.

Gloria was never a Swedish singer or a figure skating champion, but she dreams of it. Hanging in mid-air looking uncomfortably overdressed, she is waiting for things to happen.

Circus City returns to Trinity with the World Premiere of Outside The Club by Broken Box Collective (UK)

Insane Root Theatre Presents  RUMPELSTILTSKIN at THE NEW ROOM by Matt Grinter Arriving just in time for Halloween is a spine-tingling take on this ancient folk tale of greed, imagination and the terrible choices we have to make. Told by candle-light, the immersive performance is inspired by, and staged in, the atmospheric New Room in the heart of Bristol’s Broadmead shopping quarter.

We are recruiting volunteers to play parts, make up our zombie hoard or help with make up, decor and music for our post apocalypse zombie game and Charity party and at a secret location in South Bristol on the 1st of November. No experience needed all reliable and enthusiastic creatives welcome 🧚🏻‍♀️.

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

The return of Circus City Festival 17th Oct – 2nd Nov

Amazing full day of dance at the Louie Spence Masterclass in Bristol on the 2nd of November with my Dream Team of Choreographers. We’ll be teaching Technique, MT Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial over four 1 hour classes throughout the day.

Songs and stories about dangerous women, both humorous and shocking; a riff on the myth of the femme fatale and the curious ideas about female nature that created it.

Charmane is a story about acceptance, courage and learning how to find your inner ROAR!

Robert Lloyd Parry from Nunkie Theatre returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to continue his M R James Project, re-telling more of M R James’s most eerie spine chillers by candlelight.

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

Be prepared to say hello to your breath, stretch your imagination and dare to fail. Trash-Hack is a beginners’ workshop in re-purposing industrial and domestic junk to create and animate instant puppet creations. Once we have brought something to life, we will pull it apart and build another.

Improvisers from Impromptu Shakespeare, Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes and Murder, She Didn’t Write bring a brand new work in progress production to the Bristol Improv Theatre.

Zion welcomes to you to the Circus Cabaret of 2019, skilled artists including sexy magic act ‘Emotionosis’ and Jon Udry will amaze and entertain under the dazzling lights on a winters night…

Four Operas, Four Nights – The 2019 Selection Box is now open! Selection Box – Four Shows (two per night) Wednesday 6th November – Act 1: The Telephone | Act 2: The Impresario, 7:30pm Thursday 7th November – Act 1: Mozart & Salieri | Act 2: The Happy Prince, 7:30pm Friday 8th November – Act 1: Mozart & Salieri | Act 2: The Impresario, 7:30pm Saturday 9th November – Act 1: The Telephone | Act 2: The Happy Prince, 7:30pm

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) return to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to celebrate their 20th Bristol season. Elizabeth Freestone (Henry V) is back to direct Shakespeare’s comedy about the precarious path to finding love.

Jessica L Hagan’s debut play shines a light on the lives of everyday women battling what shouldn’t be an everyday problem: the collision of racism and misogyny.

This workshop is for theatre makers, actors and directors who would like to explore the relationship between the body, movement, emotion and text whilst working with Chekhov’s The Seagull.

South West Dance Theatre presents a series of dance sketches to commemorate all those who lived and died for their country.

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!

Join Life of Breath senior investigator Prof Havi Carel as she explores the experience of breathlessness from a philosophical perspective, asking how breathlessness changes our experience, shrinks our world, and disrupts our habits. But is it all negative? Or is it possible to experience wellness with breathlessness?

Watch Jack’s world come to life in this interactive tale of dance, circus and music, bringing you a trove of secrets and surprises that will delight the whole family.

Bean pigs invite you to our 2nd puppetry scratch nightat the Cloak and Dagger on Cheltenham road, on the 14th of November- Entry is free/donation

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Lecoq-based physical theatre, movement research and training

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dance sessions for over 50s

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

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