Bristol Poetry Can presents
The Venus Papers
by Lydia Townsey

18th October
8.00pm


Bristol Poetry Can presents
The Venus Papers
by Lydia Townsey

18th October - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £9.00

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Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, has washed up on British shores in time to witness the frenzy and aftermath of the 2017 snap general election.

Through the filters of an immigration officer, the red top papers and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st Century immigrant woman at a time of social, political and cultural upheaval.

Writer/performer Lydia Townsey's theatrical poetry show is one of landscapes, journeys and the tales of 21st Century women in our tumultuous times.

"Absolutely spectacular" - Jo Ivie, Poet in the City

"Lydia Townsey's poetry bubbles with wry observations and quick-witted delights that are genuine and loaded with charm" - Jane Commance, Nine Arches Press



http://www.poetrycan.co.uk

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  Middle-Weight Theatre Company presents
Soundbite / Remedies; A Ballad of Broken Britain
by T Stabb & M Roberts

19th - 21st October
8.00pm


Middle-Weight Theatre Company presents
Soundbite / Remedies; A Ballad of Broken Britain
by T Stabb & M Roberts

19th - 21st October - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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ACT 1: ‘Sound Bite’

The day is July 16th, 1969.

The Eagle has landed.

In the deepest depths of NASA HQ, two men Dick and Mickey, with guidance from operative Janine, have been assigned the almighty task of providing Neil Armstrong, the iconic first words to be spoken from the surface of the moon and change mankind forever.

There’s only one problem...

Writers’ Block

Act 2: ‘Remedies - A Ballad Of Broken Britain’

Brexit, benefits, broken homes, bickering and viagra are only a few of the issues examined in this new comedy.

Set within the 4 walls of a local pharmacy, this one room situation comedy/drama features two opinionated, strong willed and polarised members of staff.

As they witness the ailments and sicknesses of the public, they may be able to administer the medicine, but can they find the remedy for the the ill’s of Britain?

“What's in a name?”
Thirty seconds later, we still didn't know; but the Middle-Weight Theatre Company was founded in Exeter, Devon.
In 2013, Matt Roberts & Tom Stabb with a joint disposition and mutual love of dialogue and comedy, not to mention a shared caffeine addiction, combined their efforts towards creating a focused and dedicated touring theatre company through the means of new and original writing.

We hope to help challenge and push people’s boundaries through the use of language and whether it is set in the past or a dystopian future; our first production ‘Sound Bite, or latest ‘Remedies’, are no exception in drawing on parallels to our complicated present.

“Captivating! Flawlessly performed” ~ The Packet

“The jokes come thick and fast. Courageous and often witty” ~ TheatreBath

“A lot of intelligence and heart with a very slick performance” (On ‘Insensible’) ~ Claire Smith, The Scotsman

“Funny, poignant and fascinating. A great evening!”
(On ‘Insensible’) ~ Elaine Tyler Hall, ENO staff director

“The best show I have seen in absolutely ages!” (On ‘Remedies’) ~ Audience member

http://www.middleweighttheatrecompany.com

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  Stepping Out Theatre presents
The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler

24th - 28th October
8.00pm


Stepping Out Theatre presents
The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler

24th - 28th October - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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The Vagina Monologues by American playwright Eve Ensler has been a theatrical phenomenon for the last twenty years.

Every year hundreds of productions around the world take place as part of a global campaign aimed at ending violence and abuse against women and girls raising many millions of pounds for charities which help women fleeing domestic abuse, support rape victims, or offer crisis counselling and other such services to women.

Based on real interviews, women talk frankly about their experiences of love, sex, childbirth and abuse, about being mothers and daughters, about being victims of sexual violence.

Eve Ensler condensed the interviews down into a riveting, exhilarating, passionate and hilarious piece of theatre about what it is to be a woman.

Enjoy!

All proceeds from these performances will go towards the following Bristol Women's charities
The Hope Project
Self Injury Support
The Green House Womankind


http://www.steppingouttheatre.co.uk

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  Schoolhouse Productions at the Alma presents
Abigail's Party
by Mike Leigh

31st Oct - 4th Nov
7.30pm


Schoolhouse Productions at the Alma presents
Abigail's Party
by Mike Leigh

31st Oct - 4th Nov - 7.30pm

£12.50
Concessions: £10.50

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It’s been 40 years since the Mike Leigh first introduced the bombastic Beverley, and her over-wrought husband, Lawrence, to the world, bringing with them a night of car-crash comedy and Demis Roussos' crooning that has stood the test of time.

Beverley and Lawrence host an informal drinks gathering, while their neighbour, Sue’s daughter, Abigail, is having a rowdy party down the road. As well as Sue, they’ve also invited Tony and Angela, who are new to the neighbourhood.

What starts as an uncomfortable evening of forced fun, spirals out of control as Beverley’s hosting style becomes increasingly aggressive. She schmoozes, slow-dances and drinks her way to a point of pure, delicious chaos - and by the end, everybody's asking – what did happen at Abigail’s Party?

The Alma’s in-house company, Schoolhouse Productions, return triumphant after their sell-out show, and subsequent tour of ‘A Doll’s House’, back in the Spring.

Praise for A Doll’s House;

“Powerful, thought- provoking theatre (…) which is bold, entertaining and thoroughly lives up to the high expectations I have of this young company.” ***** - 365 Bristol

“It was worth the ticket price for the final scene alone… the rest, is bonus!” **** - Remotegoat



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  The 625 Company presents
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by A.C. Doyle, Adapted by Clive Francis

7th - 11th November
8.00pm


The 625 Company presents
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by A.C. Doyle, Adapted by Clive Francis

7th - 11th November - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Sir Hugo Baskerville was the picture of aristocratic excess, drunkenness and debauchery until he was struck down by a demonic hound – or so the legend tells.

Two hundred years later his descendent Sir Charles apparently meets a similar fate, dying of fright in the grounds of Baskerville Hall.

Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mystery before Sir Charles’ heir comes to an equally gruesome end?

The Hound of the Baskervilles’ macabre appeal has made it the most popular Sherlock Holmes adventure. In Clive Francis’ lively adaptation, four actors play the part of Watson, adopting the character of Holmes and others throughout the play.



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  Aim Low Productions presents
Paying the Piper
by Domenico Lopresti

12th - 13th November
8.00pm


Aim Low Productions presents
Paying the Piper
by Domenico Lopresti

12th - 13th November - 8.00pm

£9.50
Concessions: £6.50

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1346.

When a small town becomes consumed by a plague of rats, its inhabitants have no idea that they are bringing with them one of the most devastating pandemics in human history.

With the town on the edge of collapse, they will turn to the help of a stranger who will become remembered as hero to some and villain to others.

'Paying the Piper' is a devised piece of theatre exploring the darker side folk stories and fairy tales that are normally reserved for children.

http://aimlowpro.com

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  The James Company presents
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

15th - 18th November
7.30pm (2pm Saturday matinee)


The James Company presents
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

15th - 18th November - 7.30pm (2pm Saturday matinee)

£12.50
Concessions: £10.50

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Ambition, murder and prophecy.

Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy is transformed in a co-production by The James Company & presentabsence.

This unique take on the Macbeths’ downfall is brought to life with a haunting soundscape, reimagined characters and the audiences’ involvement.
“The world needs more theatre like this”. - Love Midlands Theatre on presentabsence’s NOISE

http://www.jamescompanytheatre.com

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  The Worx Ltd. presents
The Big Meal
by Dan LeFranc

21st - 25th November
8.00pm


The Worx Ltd. presents
The Big Meal
by Dan LeFranc

21st - 25th November - 8.00pm

£12.50

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Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly.

And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.

A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of one ordinary family.

http://www.tworxproductions.com

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  Ministry of Entertainment presents
Mrs Gerrish's Rear Window
by Joe Hobbs

30th Nov - 1st Dec
8.00pm


Ministry of Entertainment presents
Mrs Gerrish's Rear Window
by Joe Hobbs

30th Nov - 1st Dec - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Mrs. Gerrish is somewhat incapacitated. Her guest house is closed for the winter and she can’t even wash the net curtains. She will just have to relax, take it easy and take the opportunity to read all of those enticing crime novels Mrs. Fricker left behind last season. But something isn’t right! She has the eerie feeling that someone is watching her. Someone with evil on their minds. With binoculars in hand she lays guard at her rear window awaiting the arrival of her only friend, Muriel. The downstairs front door opens. But Muriel is there, in her garden, digging a large hole. So, who could this be, creeping up the stairs?

With the usual combination of period music and scripting laced with oral histories, Kate and Ross play a variety of hilarious characters in this new, upbeat, energetic and inventive production.

“This Ministry certainly lives up to its name.” Evening Post


http://www.ministryofentertainment.co.uk

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  Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit!
by The Improv Geniuses

2nd December
8.00pm


Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit!
by The Improv Geniuses

2nd December - 8.00pm

£10.00

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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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  Rain or Shine Theatre presents
Dracula (or) A Pain in the Neck
by Tom Jordan

5th & 6th December
8.00pm


Rain or Shine Theatre presents
Dracula (or) A Pain in the Neck
by Tom Jordan

5th & 6th December - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Rain or Shine proudly present a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous Gothic fantasy... With a twist!

This is a play you can really sink your teeth into!

A thrilling new comedy for all the family.

After the success of 2016's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another Classic novel... but with their own individual comedic style!

Hailed last year as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will be raising the stakes by expanding on their new brand of 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of mystery, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!



http://www.rainorshine.co.uk

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  Aim Low Productions presents
The Missing Mona Lisa
by Domenico Lopresti

7th - 10th December
8.00pm


Aim Low Productions presents
The Missing Mona Lisa
by Domenico Lopresti

7th - 10th December - 8.00pm

£9.50
Concessions: £6.50

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The fame of the Mona Lisa is probably only matched by her mystery, yet it is not only the meaning behind her enchanting smile that remains an enigma. To this day little is commonly known about the theft of the soon-to-be renowned work of art, so uncared for in 1911 that it would be over 24 hours before any of the staff at the Louvre would notice she was missing. Yet, it would be this very theft and her journey back to the gallery walls that would capture the public imagination worldwide.

With many crazy theories and the crazier still investigation no one would have believed the real motive and how close we came to never seeing the Mona Lisa again. The forgotten story its disappearance - and later recovery of the world's most iconic painting - told by the Aim Low Theatre Company is truly unbelievable in the way only human history can be.

‘Even those whose first expressions is ‘huh’ and proclaimed frankly that they cannot see her beauty or her interest find themselves disputing hotly protest over both’
-The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.), October 17, 1909

Aim Low established in Bristol in 2013, started life as a small productions company with the goal of allowing a group of artist to have platform in order to not only share the work but make it accessible to all kinds of audiences. First creating an adaptation of Cervantes Don Quixote in Bristol for the stage Aim Low has worked locally premiering work at the Bath Fringe Festival as well as international work with children in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Aim Low has now grown including projects both on and offline including videos and podcasts across a variety of different platforms.



http://aimlowpro.com

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  ProAct Theatre Company presents
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

12th - 16th Dec
8.00pm


ProAct Theatre Company presents
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

12th - 16th Dec - 8.00pm

£12.50

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A Ghost Story of Christmas.

ProAct returns with this unique one-man staging of the Charles Dickens classic, in the intimate setting of the Alma Tavern Theatre.

This Festive masterpiece adapted from the original text and inspired by Dickens public readings has one actor re-enact every notable character from this haunting, moving timeless story.

As relevant today as it was when published in 1843 – This production will remind us all of the true Spirit of Christmas…

http://www.proacttc.uk

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  Daisy-Chain Productions presents
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Daisy Evans

18th December
2pm & 7pm


Daisy-Chain Productions presents
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Daisy Evans

18th December - 2pm & 7pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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The Alma Tavern welcomes Daisy-Chain Productions into their theatre this December with the classic pantomime; JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.

When Jack sells the family cow for 'magic beans', his mother is sure the family is ruined - until a suspicious creaking noise is heard from where he has planted them.

Join Jack as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, up into the clouds and to another world.

Daisy-Chain Productions are a Bristol based company that tour to theatres, schools and private events - and this December they will entertaining our local community with a comical traditional family friendly pantomime.

Your cast will be meeting and greeting after each performance to give you the chance to have a chat with your cast and even pose for a photo!

We'll be welcoming children of all ages and of course the big kids among us too!

''ABSOLUTELY AMAZING PERFORMANCE. GREAT AUDIENCE INTERACTION! WE LOVED IT! ''

From us all at Daisy-Chain Productions; we hope you enjoy the show...

'Oh yes we do!'



http://www.daisy-chainproductions.com

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  Fish Bowl Theatre presents
Transgression
by Jonathon Keen

20th - 21st December
8pm


Fish Bowl Theatre presents
Transgression
by Jonathon Keen

20th - 21st December - 8pm

£8.50
Concessions: £6.50

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It is time to count your sins.

It is 2040, and society is in chaos. The planet has been deteriorating at an increasingly alarming rate, and inequality is worse than ever before. It isn’t until the arrival of a certain messianic figure that the public starts to imagine there might be some hope.

Secular society soon begins to feel like a distant memory as the government begins to criminalise withholding information on previous religious transgressions; forcing Beth and Rob, a previously stable couple, to tell each other their darkest and most disturbing secrets...

The Alma is delighted to welcome Fish Bowl Theatre, an emerging company made of graduates from Bristol Acting Academy, to perform their new writing.





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  Brave Bold Drama presents
George and the Flight of the Imaginees
by Paul Lawless & Gill Simmons

28th & 29th Dec
6.30pm (2pm matinee)


Brave Bold Drama presents
George and the Flight of the Imaginees
by Paul Lawless & Gill Simmons

28th & 29th Dec - 6.30pm (2pm matinee)

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Within the confines of his bedroom George can conjure pre-historic beasts and subterranean mythical creatures . . . simply by slipping through a black hole into other-worldly dimensions.

All these imaginings are just for fun, until George is summoned to protect the Ancient Spirits of the Imaginees.

Harnessing his magical powers against those that seek to dim the dazzling light of creativity - join George as he stretches ideas into even more fantastical brand new shapes.

A globe-trotting quest bursting at the seams with magical illuminations and original music - in a tale about how limitless imagination can be (and how it can get you into a spot of bother sometimes!)

‘. . . It’s always a good sign when children are up on their knees, mouths agape, intent on the action on stage and there’s no question that the audience, children and grown-ups alike, were captivated . . . a far more palatable, and less gruesome, fairy tale which ends just the way you’d like it to.’
Weston Super Mum review of Brave Bold Drama’s Hansel & Gretel Dec-Jan 2016

‘A wonderful and engaging show . . .’
Bradley Stoke Radio review of Brave Bold Drama’s Alf the Highwayman, May 2017



http://www.brave-bold-drama.co.uk

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