Americas Got Talent winner 2015 Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin returns home to the UK fresh from headlining the world-famous Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets.
Join Paul, Sam, Albert and Baby plus 2 crazy BRAND NEW characters for an evening of laugh out loud Stand-up Comedy and Ventriloquism!
With over 22 MILLION HITS on YOU TUBE Paul is a regular on The Royal Variety Show and has been seen most recently on BBC1s Michael McIntyres Big Christmas Show and, last Christmas, at The London Palladium.
Technically immaculate, its what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act - The Guardian
When you are not laughing you are simply in awe - Three Weeks Edinburgh
***** ‘Sheer joy’ – The Scotsman
***** ‘A cool knowingness that is spot-on today’ – The Observer
**** ‘Dapper, handsome and quick-witted’ – The Times
‘Musical virtuosity with a swashbuckling stage presence’ – The Guardian
Being part of SSF is a life-changing opportunity for young people to gain professional theatre experience and to perform in front of a paying audience alongside their peers from other schools. It may well be the first time in a professional theatre building for some of the students and indeed the audience members.
Each performance night aims to be a celebration of the young people who take part; to bring a community together and to raise the profile of the arts in your region. Do use the opportunity to welcome a new audience to your venue, promote upcoming events and encourage them to return in the future.
We hope you and your team enjoy being part of the Festival.
Expect all the usual shenanigans plus a chance to have your questions answered during the show!
Running time: 2 hours including a 20 minute interval
Suitable for: Age 11+
Bringing you the very best in live comedy.
Featuring some of the best acts from this country and abroad, each act you see at Bristol Comedy Club have performed at some of the best comedy clubs in this country!
You never Know , you may even recognise a few!
Line Up -
MC - Cerys Nelmes - "One of the best MCs On The Comedy Circuit"
Opening act - Jeff Innocent -
Jeff Innocent is a popular and experienced stand up comedian who performs all over the world. He regularly appears on TV and radio as a comedian, actor and a cultural commentator and has written for various publications. 'It should be made law that every British Citizen must go and see Jeff Innocent. He's that funny' (Evening Standard)
'Clever, honest, funny, hugely likeable comedy' (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman)
'He commands the room, hits strong gags with confidence and style and has the audience bending to his every whim. In short, he's one funny man - whatever the environment' (Chortle).
Middle Act - David Arnold -
David Arnold is a loveable Welshman who never fails to deliver a well-rounded and polished performance that has his audience laughing throughout. Since his first gig in late 2012 David has become a firm favourite of comedy audiences throughout the South West, his first year culminated in a headline slot at The Boardmasters Festival in Newquay and a semi-final place at So You Think You’re Funny at The Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh.
Headliner - Raymond And Timpkins Revue -
'It's freakish entertainment on a twisted stick', the charismatically challenged uncle and nephew duo, invite you into a world of stylophone rock anthems, brushed velvet arousal and 'indulgent, brilliant tackiness'. Likened to Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies, anyone who can bring the house down with nothing more than a couple of Lidl carrier bags and an Oasis song have to be seen to be believed.
'A mad, anarchic triumph of stupidity over style. Not to be missed' (The Guardian).
PLEASE NOTE LINEUPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
A bravura slab of improvisation - The Independent
Ridiculously silly wickedly funny - The Times
Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the countrys quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new lost Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.
Austentatious are fresh from six sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a monthly residency in Londons Leicester Square and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austens death. Now their show will be appearing at two dozen theatres across the country to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure.
Previous lost masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
A joy to behold - The Guardian
Supersmart and terrifically funny - The Scotsman
Age Rec: 12+
We are thrilled to be travelling the length and breadth of the country, rediscovering the lost classics Austen wrote and promptly forgot about. We love and admire Janes works and the public deserve an intimate acquaintance with them, particularly the very prescient ones about Donald Trump.
THE SNOW DRAGON
The night of the Snow Dragon approaches...
Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies...
But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice?
Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’.
“If you are a kid, if you have kids, if you ever were a kid, go and see The Snow Dragon.”(Three Weeks *****)
Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jasons likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.
Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV1), Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News For You, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic. Effortlessly entertaining - London Evening Standard
Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn't it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the 'effusively charming' Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment, 'panem et circenses' or 'bread and circuses'. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.
"Deliciously deft, we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout" you'll leave the show smiling" The Times
"The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend" Perth Now
Age - 16+
Dasher the Reindeer has an idea… Pompom the Penguin thinks he knows… Or maybe Snowy the Snowman has the answer?
Mrs Claus needs all their help – and yours – to find out!
Join a fun, festive, musical adventure to give Santa the very best Christmas, then meet him at his home in the North Pole! There every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas in our popular meet, greet and treat, after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever!
Songs include festive favourites Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and many more!”
Santa’s Christmas Wish is a festive, song-filled, interactive family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds. It lasts 40 minutes followed by a special meet, greet and treat with Father Christmas himself!
Following last year's sold out run at the Redgrave Theatre, the Stars of Magic return for Christmas 2017 with a brand new family-friendly show!
Seven of the very finest magicians and illusionists from around the globe come together in a breathtaking and head-scratching show that really has to be seen to be (dis)believed.
This year the Stars of Magic are:
Alberto Giorgi and Laura: Italy's Tim Burton-esque masters of large scale grand illusion.
David Sousa: A previous FISM world champion award winner for his elegant sleight of hand act.
Neal Austin: Hilarious magical mayhem!
Peter Clifford: Both David Blaine and Derren Brown regard Peter as one of their favourite magicians. After this show, maybe he will be yours too.
Jordan Gomez: Winner of France's national championships at age 12! A decade later he travels the world with his incredible contemporary manipulative magic act.
Rob James: The International Brotherhood of Magicians’ first prize winner for close-up magic 2015. Rob has amazed audiences everywhere from the Magic Castle in Hollywood to Disneyland in Paris.
Indulge in the joyful journey of this new adaptation and witness the marvellous wonders of magical Godparents, majestic parties and mighty heroes. Savour a fun filled evening of entertainment and discover how our updated tale will unfold... Will Cinderella find her happy ending?...We sure hope so!
Does the Prince even want to get married?...Who knows?!
Can Buttons ever pluck up the courage to be brave?...Perhaps
Are the Ugly Stepsisters truly horrid at heart?We shall see!
Is the Evil Step-mother as evil as she seems?YES! Yes she is, that one’s a given!
With so many questions you must ‘clock in’ to discover the answers. Don’t forget to ‘chime in’ when our adventures need your help.
Our regenerated script and original songs will be performed by members of the 'Old Cliftonian Drama Society'. The company consists of Clifton College alumni that have gathered together to raise money for a great cause this Christmas. We shall be donating the proceeds to Above and Beyond, a charity supporting The Bristol Children's Hospital. With your help we can fund ground-breaking research, provide specialist training for staff and raise money for state of the art equipment. So why not start the New Year off with an evening of raucous laughter and toe-tapping tunes all in the name of charity!!
Join the star of Not the Nine o'clock News, Smith and Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies, from forty years of travelling - down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map.
Great Comedy - The Telegraph
Double Chortle Award winning comedian John Robins – one of the most exciting and distinctive voices in comedy – returns reflecting on love, loss and lamenting the fact he can’t break up with himself.
The stand-up, vibe magnet and London’s saddest DJ ™ would love to promise The Darkness of Robins won’t be an hour-long yell of a show, but he can’t. He’ll shout, snarl and sneer in his attempts to grapple with life’s fall-outs in what promises to be a pivotal moment in his being. Powerful, angst-ridden comedy at its finest, this is a must-see from one of the UK’s brightest talents.
John has firmly established himself on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2005, and with fellow comedian Elis James has enjoyed a meteoric success with The Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X, which, like Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Adam & Joe before them, has spawned one of the UK’s most popular podcasts. The pair recently completed an acclaimed UK tour, selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire within minutes.
He will headline the upcoming series of Live from the BBC (BBC2) and is a regular face on TV, with recent appearances including Mock The Week (BBC2), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3). He also has a host of radio credits under his belt including BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Dilemma.
“Hugely Entertaining” THE DAILY MIRROR
“A former flatmate of a clutch of successful Bristol-based comics that included Russell Howard and Jon Richardson, John Robins could be the next of his peer group to go on to greater things.” THE INDEPENDENT
“An hour in his charming, generous and honest company is so effortlessly entertaining” CHORTLE
Original songs, colourful puppets, animation, hilarity, ridiculousness and rapid costumechanges abound in this wildly inventive new show from Proon Productions, based on the 'Laugh Out Loud Book Award'-shortlisted picture book by Sean Taylor, with sets faithful to Jean Jullien's visually creative illustrations.
“A symphony of silly”. THE TIMES
So it’s time to prepare yourselves for a special production of Horrible Histories featuring MORE of your favourite characters from our barmy past – and a brand new scene with wordy Will!
Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!
It’s history with the nasty bits left in!
The Story of the Solar System explores how the planets came to be and how they were transformed from wandering points of light to familiar worlds. Worlds that we’ve now examined up-close with robotic rovers and orbiting spacecraft.
Along the way you’ll hear about the men and women who pioneered the study of our planetary neighbourhood and see how modern space missions, investigating strange and awe-inspiring alien landscapes, have built on their work.
With live demos bringing to life some of the science of the Solar System and spectacular astronomical imagery throughout, this promises to be one story you won’t forget soon.
Show logo image credits: ESO/T. Preibisch; NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA; NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC).
Alan has created 40 RHS show gardens and won numerous awards at Chelsea.
Come and discover how to make the most of your garden, patio or even your window box and have fun at the same time!
Discover where plants come from, and where should they go? Learn to love your weeds, nurture your house plants, grow your own food and benefit our wonderful planet.
Alan is also an ambassador of the National Autistic Society.
Zorro the musical was first performed in 2008 and promises to deliver everything you ever wanted in an exciting adventure. The cast meet the challenge not only of Spanish songs and flamenco dance but sword fighting, rope swinging and magic set against a backdrop of the Gypsy Kings’ finest rumba-rhythmed classics. The evening promises a chilli-hot performance with more than a hint of things Spanish and if rousing tavern choruses and especially ‘Bamboleo’ don’t get you on your feet with flamenco arms outstretched and fingers clicking, then you should stick to Justin Bieber!
This is a family show for all ages – full of vibrancy and passion, romance and humour. Put it in the mix with twirling costumes, stamping feet and the slapping of Spanish guitars and there’s only thing left to say – Ole!! …
Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs. Expect the much loved classics Evergreen, The Way We Were, New York State Of Mind, Second Hand Rose and many more in a full to bursting 90 minute show.
“The love child of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand” … (Suzy Klein – BBC in Tune)
“A magnificently talented singer, and a marvellously quick-witted comedienne (which is why she is a member of the hilarious Fascinating Aida)” (Break A Leg Review)
“The moment Liza walked on stage we all fell under her spell” Sir Tim Smit – Eden Project
“A fabulous voice, a fantastically relaxed, confident and amusing stage presence, and SO versatile.” (Stewart Collins – Henley & Petworth Festivals.)
“A beautiful, passionate voice that just reaches out to everyone” (Theatre & Performance Review)
Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982. And has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.
The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate by touring the country with his brand- new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio!
Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today. The summers of cricket will never be the same without our ‘Dear Old Thing’.
Laugh, love and rock with Pete K Mally.