Chris and Poppy presents
Kin™
by Poppy Peddler & Chris White

26th - 28th September
8pm


Chris and Poppy presents
Kin™
by Poppy Peddler & Chris White

26th - 28th September - 8pm

£8.00
Concessions: £6.00

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In the not-too distant future, loneliness is banned. But, thanks to Kin™, no-one needs to be alone again. Pop the bracelets on and you and your Kin™ can stay connected. Your thoughts will be their thoughts. Their feelings will be yours. Welcome to the Kindom™.

A dark, dystopian comedy about friendship, technology and isolation.

Originally created and devised with the Wellcome Centre in Exeter it has been performed at The Theatre Royal Plymouth’s IdeasLab, and for the Bike Shed Theatre’s closing festival ‘The Last Stand’, it has recently undergone further development work with the help of the Arts Council England for it's second tour.
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  Quirky Bird Theatre presents
Shakespeare Double Bill
by The Young Company

29th & 30th September
6pm


Quirky Bird Theatre presents
Shakespeare Double Bill
by The Young Company

29th & 30th September - 6pm

£9.00

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Quirky Bird Theatre return this Summer with TWO Bard-tastic shows for the price of one!

Their Young Company take on the mighty Macbeth in a feisty new vèrsion edited by Director Anna Friend, looking at what social pressure and bullying can do to a young mind. Then we turn the tables and finish with the joy and playfulness of A Midsummer Nights Dream, featuring dancing, wigs and men in flourescent tutus.  After the drama of the World Cup it's the most Englishy theatre you can possibly ask for.....

Total running time 2h 30 (including a 30 minute interval)

All ticket prices include a 50p admin fee

The Young Company's mission is to work with Actors from age 11 upwards and to inspire talented young performers to pursue a continued involvement in the arts through vocational training whether as a performer, technician or creative.

They will be launching their Bristol Young Company at the Alma next term and to find out more about their project fees, rehearsal schedules and discretionary bursary programmes email quirkybirdtheatre@gmail.com



http://www.quirkybirdtheatre.com

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  Howell Productions presents
Nazanin's Story
by Emi Howell

2nd & 3rd October
7.30pm


Howell Productions presents
Nazanin's Story
by Emi Howell

2nd & 3rd October - 7.30pm

£11.00

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Political, verbatim theatre based on the true and still ongoing story of Nazanin Ratcliffe, after she and her baby daughter were taken in Iran in 2016.

Awarded 4*’s by The Independent and dubbed “entertaining and inspiring”, Nazanin’s Story is constantly being updated as events in Iran unfold.

Howell Productions has committed themselves to produce pieces of at that will create a social impact.

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Running time - 1hr 40mins

http://www.howellproductions.co.uk

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  Loupe Theatre Company presents
Shroud
by Harry Gould

4th - 6th October
8pm


Loupe Theatre Company presents
Shroud
by Harry Gould

4th - 6th October - 8pm

£8.00
Concessions: £6.00

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Do our words reveal how we feel, or do we hide behind them? Jack is nineteen and works at a hotel. In the aftermath of grief, he is surrounded by a suffering mother who can’t acknowledge what has happened, and friends who don’t know how to. Jack is struggling to make sense of this unexpected change, unable to communicate how he feels in fear that he will “make it real.” He is quiet. He is lost. He is grieving. “Shroud” explores how we cope with life and loss; and why we often choose to avoid grief, no matter the consequences. The Company Founded in March 2018, Loupe Theatre was formed by three Drama students at Bath Spa



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  Middle Weight Theatre Company presents
amendments. A Play on Words
by Matt Roberts

11th - 13th October
8pm


Middle Weight Theatre Company presents
amendments. A Play on Words
by Matt Roberts

11th - 13th October - 8pm

£9.00
Concessions: £7.00

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John Chesterton works in a world where being politically correct is paramount.

Fear of oppressing or injuring the feelings of an increasingly sensitive populus is widespread, and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory becomes strictly forbidden by the company heads.

At an alarmingly swift pace, words vanish and phraseology begins to disappear from people's vocabulary, consigned unceremoniously to the companies 'no' list.

And while all around him conform, John seems to be the only one asking: if this censoring continues, will he soon be inhabiting a world where there is nothing left to say?

Bad language may or may not be used throughout this production…”

What's in a name?”
Thirty seconds later, we still didn't know; but the Middle-Weight Theatre Company was founded in Exeter, Devon.
 
Middle-Weight Theatre Company return to The Alma Tavern and Theatre with an Edinburgh Fringe Festival preview: ‘amendments: A Play on Words’ Regular attendees of the Festival, Middle-Weight Theatre Company made their debut with, original comedy ‘Sound Bite’, (Exeter, Bristol, Edinburgh Fringe 2013).

Having kept an open eye throughout their travels, Matt and Tom welcomed the crucial talents and equal partnerships of Al Wadlan and Jemma Gillard, in co-running the company in early 2015.

Running time 1 Hour

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http://www.middleweighttheatrecompany.com

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  Tic Tac Toe Theatre Company presents
The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde
by Calum Grant

15th - 18th October
8pm


Tic Tac Toe Theatre Company presents
The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde
by Calum Grant

15th - 18th October - 8pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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It is 6th April 1895 and Oscar Wilde waits alone for the knock on the door that will bring an arrest warrant for the charges of Gross Indecency against him.

This exciting one man show allows Oscar the freedom to talk openly about his relationships with men, the failing relationship with his wife and his enduring love for the destructive but beautiful Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.

Praise for ‘The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde’
‘a tour-de-force performance from Luke Stuart who… completely inhabited this part’  Crysse Morrison

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  Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit! The Best in Improvised Comedy
by The Improv Geniuses

20th October & 15th December
8.00pm


Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit! The Best in Improvised Comedy
by The Improv Geniuses

20th October & 15th December - 8.00pm

£11.00

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Instant Wit!  The best in improvised comedy.

Fresh and inventive, each show throws up new nuggets of hilarity crafted by a company of the highest calibre.  It's a pick-me-up tonic with unexpected twists and a dash of sauce.

There'll be sketches, songs and general silliness - and all of it based around audience suggestions.  And if you're too shy to shout anything out?  Well don't worry, you'll have the chance to write things down in the interval.  We're the ones who'll look daft, not you!

So now's the time to indulge yourself of you've always had a secret yearning to see something really bizarre on stage.  A country and western song about a musical cat flap? Julius Ceasar on a camping holiday with Cleopatra?  Well, why not? Your wish is our command.  Good suggestions get flying packets of custard, the best a bottle of wine.

Many people have seen improvised comedy on the t.v. - but remember, this is not recorded and edited, but totally live, making it trickier for the actors but more exciting for the audience.  So, if you like your comedy fast-paced and with a slightly unusual edge, this is definately for you.

We're proud to use some of the best local talent, with our performers regularly appearing at the Tobacco Factory, Theatre Royal Bath and Bristol Old Vic.

Instant Wit - a bunch of very unusual suspects who are forever on the run from the comedy police!

"These are conspicuously skilful performers - everyone is exhilarated on stage and off!" - The Guardian

 "Extremely funny, on occasion hilarious... Very clever and skilful with their improvised comedy sketches.  They got the audience involved at every oppourtunity - they even made up a song about a round of sausage sandwiches I had had for breakfast!" - Bristol Evening Post



http://www.instantwit.co.uk

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  Tawdry Lace Theatre presents
Little Gem
by Elaine Murphy

22nd - 27th October
8pm (7.30pm showing on Monday)


Tawdry Lace Theatre presents
Little Gem
by Elaine Murphy

22nd - 27th October - 8pm (7.30pm showing on Monday)

£11.00

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Love, sex, birth, death and salsa classes. Three generations of women. One extraordinary year.
Amber – just out of school, enjoys life, double sambucas and boyfriend Paul. Then the “indigestion” starts.
Lorraine – attacks a customer at work and now sees a ‘head doctor’. She’s told to do one nice thing for herself each week – so salsa classes it is!
Kay – finds life frustrating; her husband Gem is ailing and she’s missing more than his conversation!

“LITTLE GEM” was the winner of the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Stewart Parker/BBC Drama Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008. In 2009 it won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.
“delightful... a play that, like its characters, gurgles and giggles with life even in the face of death” - Guardian
“a blazing authenticity” -The Times
“Made me laugh and cry with pleasure... It's a blast” - Time Out


Tawdry Lace Theatre are returning to the Alma for their fourth production following their critically acclaimed productions of ‘The Cocktail Hour’ by A R Gurney (2017) the anti-pantomime 'The Night Before Christmas' by Anthony Neilson (2016) and Giles Havergal’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s 'Travels With My Aunt' (2015).

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  Fancourt Music presents
Rowan Rheingans
by

28th October
4pm


Fancourt Music presents
Rowan Rheingans
by

28th October - 4pm

£9.00

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This is a special intimate solo performance with a post-show talk.



Rowan Rheingans is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and composer best known for her work with folk bands Lady Maisery and The Rheingans Sisters. With these projects, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ('Best Original Track' & 'Best Album') and is a five-times nominee.



This is a unique opportunity to join Rowan for an intimate concert of brand new solo material, including music from her forthcoming solo show The Red Dress: a musical exploration of identity, history, memory and trauma-recovery through storytelling, music and song.

Be amongst the first to hear Rowan’s solo material and take part in a post-show talk which will further influence the development of the piece.

 

All tickets include a £1 admin fee



http://www.rowanrheingans.co.uk

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  Lightbox Theatre presents
The Blue Bird
by Maurice Maeterlinck

29th & 30th October
12pm & 2.30pm


Lightbox Theatre presents
The Blue Bird
by Maurice Maeterlinck

29th & 30th October - 12pm & 2.30pm

£8.50
Concessions: £6.50

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A show for 4-11 year olds and their families.

One wintery evening Tyltyl wakes to find a hump-back figure in his bedroom. She is obviously a fairy. Tyltyl must find the bluebird that makes people happy. And he must do so before morning. Tyltyl doesn't know about bluebirds, or where he might find one but joined by his faithful pets the search begins...

Lightbox Theatre presents Maurice Maeterlinck’s classic fairy-tale about happiness, perception and seeing the extraordinary in our everyday. Directed by Anna Marsland (associate director of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) this is a visually charming and magical show for young and old alike.

Running time: 60 minutes with no interval

‘Full of hope and magic – very charming’ LondonTheatre1

‘Filled with high energy, encounters and wonders – as a show for children it is engaging, inventive, sweet and fresh’ A Younger Theatre

http://www.lightboxtheatre.co.uk

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  Oooh Arrr Productions presents
Murder Mystery on the SS Great Britain
by Jack Turner

30th Oct - 3rd November
8pm


Oooh Arrr Productions presents
Murder Mystery on the SS Great Britain
by Jack Turner

30th Oct - 3rd November - 8pm

£11.00
Concessions: £9.00

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The SS Great Britain is being sent out on its final voyage before returning to its home-town of Bristol. Of all people on board, four are held accountable when world renowned author Jeremy Weeks is murdered at the very start of the journey.
Who dunnit?? Well, that part is over to you this Halloween.

http://www.oaprods.co.uk

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  Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents
The Anniversary
by Bill MacIlwraith

7th - 10th November
8pm


Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents
The Anniversary
by Bill MacIlwraith

7th - 10th November - 8pm

£12.00

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Two of three sons have something important to tell Mum.

Terry, the pensive middle son, wants to leave the family business to emigrate to Canada with his wife and children. Tom, the youngest, wants to marry the latest in a long line of girlfriends.

Their problem is how and when to deliver their news – that is, if they can muster the bravery needed to tell her at all - because Mum, evil, malevolent and fanatically domineering, is used to getting her own way and intends to keep her world intact at any cost...

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https://bristolcads.org.uk

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  Schoolhouse Productions presents
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

13th - 24th November
8pm (2pm Saturday matinee)


Schoolhouse Productions presents
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

13th - 24th November - 8pm (2pm Saturday matinee)

£13.00
Concessions: £11.00

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Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier life when she was persued by all men who saw her.

Tom, suffocated by his mother's loneliness, escapes their cramped appartment for a movie theatre every night to immerse himself in adventures never taken.

Laura, the shy and crippled daughter, has only her glass menagerie of animals and her memories.

Desperate to find her daughter a husband, Amanda forces Tom to invite a 'gentleman caller' for dinner, but when the gentleman arrives the fragile dreams of all three are shattered with consequences they may never escape.

Schoolhouse Productions return with Tennessee Williams' stunning play The Glass Menagerie.  Set in the dream-like world of memory, it's a piece that has stood the test of time, and harkens back to the Old South with Williams' signature touch of desperation and nostalgia.

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Praise for Schoolhouse

 ABIGAIL'S PARTY
"Anna Friend’s gloriously intimate and flawlessly cast production... is one of the finest renderings of the play I have ever seen." - 5 STARS (Holly Georgeson - The Flaneur)

A DOLL'S HOUSE
"A powerful and thought- provoking piece of theatre which is bold, entertaining and thoroughly lives up to the high expectations I have of this young company" - 5 STARS (Sarah-Jane Howard - 365 Bristol)
"It’s worth the ticket for that final scene, alone. The rest … is bonus." - 4 STARS (Arthur Duncan - RemoteGoat)



http://schoolhouseproductions.co.uk

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  Quirky Bird Theatre presents
DNA
by Dennis Kelly

26th - 27th November
2pm & 7pm


Quirky Bird Theatre presents
DNA
by Dennis Kelly

26th - 27th November - 2pm & 7pm

£13.50

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Award-winning Quirky Bird Theatre brings you Dennis Kelly's DNA, a tale of darkness, loyalty and murder. Performed by members of the company's Young Actors Apprenticeship, this production has been on tour since September and received outstanding feedback from audience members as part of it's school's tour.

Now being studied as part of the GCSE curriculum for both English and Drama this text is a popular choice for young theatre enthusiasts and alongside the performance a post-show Q&A can be offered to any school groups attending.

"A short sharp shocker of a play which twists and turns as guilt and madness poison the group dynamics" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.****

http://www.quirkybirdtheatre.co.uk

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  KS Productions presents
Blokes What I Have Known
by Kate Spencer

28th Nov - 1st Dec
8pm


KS Productions presents
Blokes What I Have Known
by Kate Spencer

28th Nov - 1st Dec - 8pm

£14.00

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A comedy by Kate Moira Spencer




Barmaid Marie-Claire encounters Sue from Bristol at the Pines Hotel. Off to Greece for a dirty weekend with a new bloke, Sue dumbfounds Marie-Claire with hilarious but disastrous tales of some of the blokes what she has known. Guaranteed that every woman knows at least one of these blokes!  




CONTENT COULD PROBABLY OFFEND  





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  The Bard of Windmill Hill presents
Christmas Comedy Cabaret
by Trevor Carter

3rd December
8.00pm


The Bard of Windmill Hill presents
Christmas Comedy Cabaret
by Trevor Carter

3rd December - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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The Bard of Windmill Hill received a Best Show Award this year for ‘How the West Was Lost’. He was Bristol Storyteller of the Year in 2014 and is the only poet ever to have won this competition. He was poet in residence and co-organiser of the popular Bristol variety show Lansdown Cabaret for eleven years. His ‘Word Wizard Cabarets’ have featured at various venues including the Colston Hall. A previous Christmas show at the Alma Tavern was a sell-out success.
 
In 2013 he was asked to pioneer a 'Words Stage' at Priddy Folk Festival. This met with great acclaim and he was invited to organise further shows in 2014 and 2015. He has performed at many other festivals around the country and has twice gigged with the comedy legend Les Barker at Warwick Folk Festival where his solo show was hailed as 'wit and social comment in ideal combination'.
 


Short films based on his some of his poems have been show at international festivals, and some of these have won awards and commendations.
 


He delivers writing and performance workshops to schools around the UK, using poetry and storytelling as a medium to improve the literacy and confidence of children and young people.
 


Comments from previous shows:

 
“Amazing performer, such a unique skill in terms of creativity and delivery. His engagement with the audience makes it exciting and alive.” Barnstaple Theatre Festival
 


“An entertaining and captivating performance that sparked intrigue, delight and great food for thought. A delight.” Buddhafield Festival
 


"Brilliant, captivating, cheering." - "Just the tonic I needed." Chippenham Folk Festival



"a triumph... brilliant performance... a wordsmith second to none"  Bristol Storytelling Festival
 



"Fabulous entertainment - a real treat." Shrewsbury Folk Festival 
 



"Hilarious poems and stories" Warwick Folk Festival




Mark Darkside is a Bristol based singer-songwriter who ranges from the wittily comic to the poignantly tragic. He has penned fruity lines of love which he delivers with exquisite panache and has adapted Shakespearean sonnets to music, enriching them with his innovative arrangements and soaring vocals. He has also featured at various venues around the south-west as an Elton John impersonator. A born performer, in 2013 he won Bristol Dead Poets Slam with his hilariously preposterous interpretation of Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath'.
 



Spikey Tim
is a rising star on the Bristol spoken word scene and has been described as ‘energetic and charismatic’. He also has the rare quality of appealing to all ages. Audiences are mesmerised by his boyish charm, and irrepressible energy and infectious good humour. He has won poetry slams and also helps to organise slam poetry in Bristol and provides workshops for children.

 

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http://www.windmillbard.co.uk

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  Oooh Arrr Productions presents
'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford

10th - 14th December
8pm (7.30pm showing on Monday)


Oooh Arrr Productions presents
'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford

10th - 14th December - 8pm (7.30pm showing on Monday)

£12.00
Concessions: £10.00

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When Giovanni confesses his love for his sister Annabella, they begin a tumultuous relationship that looks doomed from the outset and, when their family find out their secret, their fate is sealed.

John Ford's classic play is brought to life by Bristol's very own OOOH ARRR Productions.

Running time 2 hours +interval

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http://www.oaprods.co.uk

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