I'M A PHOENIX, BITCH

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic, BS1 4ED
Price:
From £12
Ages:
Ages 12+

Bryony Kimmings weaves a powerful, dark and joyful masterpiece about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength.

In 2016, Bryony nearly drowned. Postnatal breakdowns, an imploding relationship and an extremely sick child left her sitting beneath the waves hoping she could slowly turn to shell. Four years later and she is able to deal with life again, but wears the scars of that year like a dark and heavy cloak.

Tonight a new legend will be created, that of the invincible and fearless woman – a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.

Bryony returns to Bristol following a sell-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an Offies 2019 Award win.

  • 7:30pm
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ONE

Venue:
Arnolfini, BS1 4QA
Price:
From £14
Ages:
16+

The duo behind the smash hit PALMYRA complete their trilogy with a show about the polarisation of contemporary politics

Created and performed by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas

Nasi is on a ladder. He’s not coming down any time soon.

Taking as its point of departure the polarisation of politics today, One begins amid the ruins of unresolved conflict and looks at the walls we build to protect the difference between what we say and who we really are.

  • 6:00pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 4:00pm

ZVIZDAL (CHERNOBYL – SO FAR, SO CLOSE)

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic, BS1 4ED
Price:
From £14

An immersive hybrid of documentary film and theatrical installation, which shows two people living in a ghost town. A story about solitude and survival, the results of a failed atomic experiment.

1986. About 90 towns and villages around Pripyat are evacuated. The failure of an atomic experiment causes a drastic change in the lives of the locals. They leave their houses never to return.

Pétro and Nadia, an older couple born and raised in Zvizdal, refuse to be evacuated. They prefer to stay put in their old village, in their own house. A ghost town. All their acquaintances have left, their plundered houses bear witness to better days. Petrified places, overgrown by nature.

Between 2011 and 2016 Berlin follows Pétro and Nadia in an effort to portray the evolution of their story over the years. How does one bear years of isolation? There is the lack of electricity, of running water and heating. There are the superstitions, there is the vodka, the muttering, the cursing and praying and singing, the toothaches, the ailments of old age, the 20-km walk to the nearest shop, the wait for someone from civilization.

Zvizdal draws a portrait of solitude, survival, poverty, hope and love between two elderly people in their eighties surrounded by colourless, odourless but omnipresent radiation.

  • 7:30pm
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50/50 OLD SCHOOL ANIMATION

Venue:
Arnolfini, BS1 4QA
Price:
From £14
Ages:
18+

[50/50] old school animation is a diptych of monologues for two women. The first woman outlines her philosophy around suffering. The other woman suffers.

Created by Peter Mills Weiss and Julia Mounsey, this deceptively simple performance turns upon an insidious subversion of the confessional monologue, the theatrical spectacle, and ultimately, the audience’s desire to witness and accommodate the brutalization of one woman. A haunting meditation on voyeurism, misogyny, and our capacity for cruelty.

  • 9:00pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 9:00pm

THE MAJOR ARCANA

Venue:
The Mount Without, BS2 8DT
Price:
From £14
Ages:
14+

An eco-drag-cabaret-tarot-reading-ritual from Impermanence, Tom Marshman, Timberlina and Corali Dance Company exploring anxiety, ecology, sexuality, gender, freedom and love through the magic of The Major Arcana tarot cards.

The Major Arcana will mark the grand opening of The Mount Without after a loving restoration and transformation. This is your first chance to step inside Bristol's newest arts venue – a previously burnt out church on St Michael’s Hill – which will be a home for Impermanence and dance in the city... hard hats *hopefully* not required!

  • 8:00pm
    From £14
  • 4:00pm
    Matinee
    From £14

CIVILISATION

Venue:
Trinity Arts Centre, BS2 0NW
Price:
From £14

Jaz Woodcock-Stewart from award-winning company Antler collaborates with choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple.

A hairdryer, an oven, a letter opener. The local church, fiscal policy and Marie Kondo’s folding technique. Civilisation is about the things we’ve lost and the things we’ve built. Civilisation is a day in the life of a woman following a tragic event. An experiment in theatrical realism and contemporary dance.

From the creator behind critically acclaimed Lands, Civilisation is a sideways look at the untheatrical reality of loss. Music by ABBA and Bach.

  • 7:30pm
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  • 6:00pm
  • 9:00pm

CLASS

Venue:
Arnolfini, BS1 4QA
Price:
From £14
Ages:
14+

You are invited to dinner with Scottee, in which he and his guests will talk about the C word …class!

Invited guests chew down into social politics, you are encouraged to join the conversation and ask questions - you can also sit on your hands and do nothing.

Part show, part discussion and at some point a take away will arrive to feed us all – a dinner party that Nigella would wince at.

We’ll talk for a bit, ask questions and then we’ll eat pizza.

  • 8:00pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:00pm

OH MOTHER

Venue:
Tobacco Factory Theatres, BS3 1TF
Price:
From £12

Having a baby is the Most Important Thing you can do. If you have one. If you don’t, something else can be the Most Important Thing.

What if I can’t have one? Don’t want one? What if the planet can’t take another? What if I like my life now and just want it to continue? What if I’m desperate to have one and I can’t find someone to do it with? What if I don’t want to do it on my own? What will my mum think?

Following the award-winning Three Sisters, RashDash and their mums explore having and becoming mothers.

Join Abbi and her dad, Ian, after the show on Fri 22 May for a gig in the Theatre Bar with songs about fathers and daughters and feminism.

  • 8:30pm
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  • 8:30pm
  • 8:30pm

SEX EDUCATION

Venue:
Tobacco Factory Theatres, BS3 1TF
Price:
From £12

One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other buys their child gay porn DVDs.

Sex Education by Harry Clayton-Wright explores how we learn about sex and how it shapes our lives, blending a no holds barred interview with his mum, startling performance, moving storytelling and some good old gay porn Harry’s dad bought for him when he was 14.

Delivered with candour, positivity and charm, join Harry as he delves into his sexual past, live on stage: The good, the bad and everything in between. This is a show for anyone who’s wondered why they want what they want.

  • 7:00pm
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  • 7:00pm
  • 7:00pm

BRISTOL'S BIG DRAG PAGEANT 2020

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic, BS1 4ED
Price:
From £10
Warning:
Adult supervision recommended

Talent, Diversity, Creativity, Confidence! The Big Drag Pageant returns to Bristol for its 2020 pageant as part of Mayfest, storming the stages of Bristol Old Vic for an extraordinary night of wild creativity and dramatic drag looks!

You are invited to the spectacle of the year: inclusive, radical and hella creative, expect a fierce drag showdown of Queens, Kings, Club Kids, Exhibitionists and Super-Monsters, sharing the stage to show off their talents, skills and sass to win the crown, title, cash & fame!

Come and see Bristol’s most talented drag performers as they compete in four dramatic rounds, featuring a catwalk pounding stage show, powerful lip-syncs, explosive artistry, revealing interviews, radical politics and wigs styled for the gods.

The Big Drag Pageant is hosted by award-winning Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary and also features famous and infamous judges, press and prizes and of course the best performers on Bristol’s exploding drag scene. Who will be the winner? The audience will decide…

The Big Drag Pageant is open to all expressions of drag performance. To enter the competition, please visit bigdragpageant.co.uk and follow the application link.

  • 7:30pm
    From £10

PANDORA

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic, BS1 4ED
Price:
From £12
Ages:
12+

There is a box.

You have no idea what it might contain and whether or not you will it to, the only certainty is that it will open. What mysteries abound? What contaminants, what affliction, what trauma? What might we mortals do with this coil, who are we forced to become?

Part song cycle, part theatre, international icon of stage and song Le Gateau Chocolat has been brewing something daring, something delicious, something dark: PANDORA.

Le Gateau Chocolat is a one-man musical phenomenon, complete with larger-than-life vocal talent. For PANDORA he is joined live on stage by the Manchester Camerata.

  • 7:30pm
    From £12
  • 7:30pm
    From £12

A MILLION TINY GLITCHES

Venue:
The Cube, BS2 8JD
Price:
From £14
Ages:
12+
Warning:
No step free access

This is a world where death exists. Loss is hard. Grief is like a river. It’s powerful and you can’t hold it back.

The Cause and Effect is a gig of songs from Sleepdogs’ forthcoming musical A Million Tiny Glitches – the story of a woman who goes looking for her friend; a friend who has vanished inside a city of his own imagination. Both have lost someone they love and it’s cracked the landscape of their lives. A Million Tiny Glitches is a weird and emotional dream quest through those fractures.

The songs go deep and feel modern; they embrace sadness without being sombre. Think Bjork, ANOHNI, Nine Inch Nails and FKA Twigs. And yeah, there’ll be a band.

  • 9:00pm

OH EUROPA

Venue:
The Station, BS1 2AG
Price:
Free – Unticketed

Oh Europa is a labour of love; a project that spans a continent and cuts straight to the heart.

Since 2018, Action Hero (Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse) have been travelling through Europe in their motorhome, asking strangers to sing a love song. Spending more than 300 days and nights on the road, they have recorded the voices of over a thousand people, singing about love and heartbreak in 46 different languages.

For one day only, Gemma & James invite you to join them for RadiOh Europa. Broadcasting the love songs they have recorded to date, Radioh Europa is an epic, 8-hour-long “deep listening experience”: a live radio show from the heart-lands of Europe and, perhaps, an opportunity to hear ourselves emerge out of the white noise.

  • 2:00pm
    Until 10pm
    Free – Unticketed

BROWNTON ABBEY

Venue:
Trinity Arts Centre, BS2 0NW
Price:
From £14 (£10 Early Bird Offer – until 23 Mar)

Celestial beings from queer dimensions transform the historic Trinity Centre into a kaleidoscopic off-world temple as Brownton Abbey, the Afro-Futurist performance party with a Space Church theme, hits Bristol.

Created by and centering queer people of colour especially those with d/Disabilities (aka s/Super Powers), Brownton Abbey features a fleet of ‘Noir Wave’ performance artists from across the UK and as far as South Africa.

This genre-defying event weaves together a dance party, club-ready ritualistic performance art, and an experience of radical inclusivity that is out of this world!

Take up space, drench yourself in futurist ritual, and get transcendental on the dance floor, as Brownton Abbey takes you to church!

  • 7:30pm

THE END

Venue:
Arnolfini, BS1 4QA
Price:
From £14
Ages:
12+

In this new piece, Bert and Nasi dance the end of their relationship, imagining what a future without each other might look like. Above the stage and projected onto a screen, two parallel narratives run alongside each other: the end of the Earth and the end of their collaboration. 

In the vein of their previous work, it is a poignant, sad and funny account of the ongoing ecological crisis. Their dance is a reminder and a celebration of our own mortality, and that of everything around us.

  • 8:00pm