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a man wearing a bowler hat eating a burger
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WINNERS

The Wardrobe Ensemble

Tue 10 Aug - Sat 28 Aug | Evening

Lights, sequins, burgers, hot fries and thick shakes, join us for a fast-food filled theatrical extravaganza.
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Family

Bicycle Boy

Helen Eastman & Alex Silverman

Wed 11 Aug - Sun 15 Aug | Daytime

An outdoor bicycle-powered eco-musical, for children 5-11 and their families. Packed with songs and humour, Bicycle Boy explores themes of sustainability in an engaging, pedal-powered performance.
Disco Jazz holds a microphone to Bingo Meg's mouth
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Carboot Disco Bingo

Disco Jazz and Bingo Meg

Fri 13 Aug - Sat 14 Aug | Evening

Part dance lesson, part party, part performance, part bingo. A game for all ages and abilities.
Alph and Betty look at a rocket
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Family

The Star Seekers

The Wardrobe Ensemble

Wed 18 Aug - Sat 21 Aug | Daytime

A journey through the stars where you take the steering wheel. Last seen at the National Theatre in 2018, this out of this world family show is back!
On today! Past show Cancelled

Family

Two Four Six Eight

Shoofly Theatre

Wed 18 Aug - Sun 22 Aug | Daytime

A funny and charming journey into the world of numbers for 3–8 year olds and their families, by highly experienced theatre makers Craig Edwards and Katie Sykes.
a baby on the beach looks at a surfboard with a seagull on top
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Family

Beach Baby

WILDERBEAST

Fri 27 Aug - Sun 29 Aug | Daytime

A beautiful 30-minute theatre experience suitable for babes in arms and toddlers, accompanied by carers.
On today! Past show Cancelled

Family Theatre

Blockbuster Factory

Cat and Mouse

Mon 30 Aug - Mon 30 Aug | Daytime

At great expense, we have flown the great American Movie Director Martin Beilsperg to the UK. A totally interactive immersive and FREE show that will get all the family involved in making Blockbuster Movies.
Women on beach in large old dress eating Monster Munch crisps
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Wild Swimming

Full Rogue

Tue 31 Aug - Sat 4 Sep | Evening

Nell and Oscar meet on a deserted beach in Dorset. It’s 1595...or maybe it’s 1610. Oscar has returned from his first term at university and Nell is doing f*ck all. They will meet here, again and again, on this beach, for the next 400 years.
A squirrel puppet next to text saying Silly Squirrel
On today! Past show Cancelled

Family

Silly Squirrel

Above Bounds

Sat 4 Sep - Sun 5 Sep | Daytime

Pull up a picnic blanket and join Above Bounds for this playful new story for 0-7s with puppets, gentle interaction and lots of laughs!
Apphia dancing joyfully, wearing a red shirt
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Woke

Apphia Campbell

Tue 7 Sep - Thu 9 Sep | Evening

From the creator of the hit show Black Is The Color Of My Voice comes a new story about the 20th Century African American experience, against a powerful soundtrack of original music & traditional gospel & blues
Three actors laugh with each other
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Family

The Great Big Story Mix Up

Roustabout Theatre

Sat 11 Sep - Sat 11 Sep | Daytime

A live and interactive improvised storytelling show for children aged 3+ and their families that puts the audience at the centre of the action.
Gemma and James stand by their caravan under a motorway
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Oh Europa Bristol

Action Hero

Sat 11 Sep - Sat 11 Sep | Daytime

Since 2018, Action Hero have been travelling through Europe in their campervan, recording the voices of ordinary people, singing about love. Now, they’re asking fellow Bristolians to add their voices to this labour of love.
Cartoon scientists look into an explosion, which has the text The Power Pickle
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Family

Science Adventures: The Power Pickle

Coppice Theatre

Sun 12 Sep - Sun 12 Sep | Daytime

Our team are in a right pickle! Professor McGuffin’s ground-breaking Sub-Nuclear Optical Transmitter (S.N.O.T.) has stopped working, and it’s jeopardising the whole mission! A fantastical show that explores the wonders of science for ages 5+
Drag Queen Topsie Redfern with her eyes closed
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Topsie Redfern’s Crystal Balls

Topsie Redfern

Sun 12 Sep - Sun 12 Sep | Evening

Drag princess Topsie Redfern is querying her roots: her musical roots, her grey roots, and her Irish Traveller roots - particularly her Great Grandmother, renowned fortune teller Madam Olga - in a journey of family redemption and queer self-acceptanc
Two men acting as beauty and the beast
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Beauty and the Beast

Living Spit

Tue 14 Sep - Sat 18 Sep | Evening

From Bristol favourites Living Spit, a brand-new, monstrously-musical, Disney-defying version of this classic French tale about what it means to be truly beautiful in the 18th century.
A pencil crossing out the word "Errors"
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Talks

Mistake Boutique

TB Assembly

Wed 15 Sep - Wed 15 Sep | Daytime

Join Theatre Bristol's Artist Support Activist Amy Mason (The Islanders, Mass) as she discusses the many (MANY) mistakes she's made over her 10 year career for our next Theatre Bristol Assembly.
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Double Bill: Jonesy + Single Sex

Bristol School of Acting

Sun 19 Sep - Sun 19 Sep | Evening

A double bill by Bristol School of Acting 1st Year students - Jonesy by Tom Wells and Single Sex by Rory Mullarkey
Some cartoon characters read a book
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Family

TooRaLooRaLum

Mismatch Theatre

Sun 19 Sep - Sun 19 Sep | Daytime

Combining puppetry, poetry and song, TooRaLooRaLum and Other Colourful Tales is a wonderfully witty, heart-felt fable, exploring the importance of imagination and how bravery can come from even the smallest of places.
A woman in black strikes a powerful pose
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Beautiful Evil Things

Ad Infinitum

Tue 21 Sep - Fri 24 Sep | Evening

One woman unearths the epic stories of powerful Greek legends, buried in myth for far too long. A chance to see a preview of Ad Infinitum’s latest work-in-progress supported by The Wardrobe Ensemble and Tobacco Factory Theatres.
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Family

The Munch Mission

Brave Bold Drama

Sat 25 Sep - Sun 26 Sep | Daytime

Oh help, our Munch is missing! Do you possess the wit, nerve and skill to become the next CIA agent? An art-heist playable family theatre show.
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Kiota

The Kiota Collective

Sat 25 Sep - Sat 25 Sep | Evening

WE'RE BACK!!!! After a Pandemic hiatus, The Kiota Collective are back with an exciting showcase of BIPOC creatives in Bristol and the South West, hosted by co-creators Shagufta Iqbal and Aisha Ali.
A collage of 21st century icons and drag queens with a title saying Drag Queen Bingo in lights in the middle.
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Drag Queen Bingo

Carmen Monoxide and Dominique Fleek

Sat 25 Sep - Sat 25 Sep | Evening

Think bingo is for old ladies with perms? How very wrong you are. This is a game like no other you have played before!
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Comedy Theatre

Moist, Moist, Moist

Chris White

Mon 27 Sep - Mon 27 Sep | Evening

Moist, Moist, Moist is part poetry, part stand-up, part gig. Featuring live music from Hal Kelly. Recipient of the 2021 National Partnership Award with Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Pleasance Theatre Trust.
A mans face in shadow. He is bruised and scraped. He looks troubled.
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Borderline

Robert K Benson

Tue 28 Sep - Wed 29 Sep | Evening

A journey through a mental break, drug addiction, obsession, a life of crime and a life in and out of institutions… all in the pursuit of love
Brook and Brook dressed up as a zebra side by side. Brook is smiling, the zebra is scowling.
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Birthmarked

Brook Tate

Tue 28 Sep - Wed 29 Sep | Evening

Using songs he has written over the last six years, Brook tells the story of a young gay Jehovah's Witness as he comes to terms with his sexuality and finds his feet (and high heels...) in a world he once believed would be destroyed at Armageddon
Millie has pink hair and is wearing a green dress with a white t-shirt underneath. She is sitting cross-legged on the floor with a blue backdrop.
On today! Past show Cancelled

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There Was A Little Girl

Millie Wood Downie

Thu 30 Sep - Fri 1 Oct | Evening

A witty, comedic and truthful insight into growing up opposing the female narrative.
A computer-y style image. A circle of chairs frawn in black on a pink and purple background.
On today! Past show Cancelled

Spinning Wheel

Hannah Kumari

Thu 30 Sep - Sat 2 Oct | Evening

A weird and wonderful peek at the semi-secret world of Alcoholics Anonymous, through the eyes of a woman who might not belong there
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I’ve been waiting…

Many Minds

Fri 1 Oct - Sat 2 Oct | Daytime

An original performance created by Many Minds members and vocal composers Verity Standen and Jack Drewery, directed by Viki Browne. It has been formed by nature and her offerings in the last year and a half.
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Wardrobe Ensemb-wheel of Fortune

The Wardrobe Ensemble

Sat 2 Oct - Sat 2 Oct | Evening

FUN! GAMES! PRIZES! LOVE! DANGER! WINNERS! LOSERS! FUN! FUN! FUN! Join us for a legendary Theatre on the Downs closing party.
The tent from the inside with lights but no people Women on beach in large old dress eating Monster Munch crisps Alph, Betty and Gammo star gazing picture of inside the tent a man wearing a bowler hat eating a burger

IT's A POP-UP THEATRE TENT!


The Theatre on the Downs is a new pop-up theatre space for Bristol, celebrating live performance in the South West.

Open from 10 August – 2 October, it will be a festival of theatre, family work, circus and poetry. The space is programmed and run by artists, creating employment and opportunity industry-wide. It’s The Wardrobe Ensemble’s most exciting and ambitious project yet and we can’t wait to welcome you!

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