FUSE Festival 2020 - Day 1

Six emerging artists test a new performance idea over three days. FUSE Festival is about supporting the beginnings of new work before it's fully developed. Watch, discuss, and be part of the creation of something brilliant.

Kat Lyons


Dry Season interweaves music and movement with original spoken word poetry and extracts from medical literature. Using the role of women in fairytales as a starting point, Kat takes the audience on a journey through a chaotic year of hormones, mental health issues and unexpected camaraderie. An honest, intimate, and funny spoken word theatre show, Dry Season uses one woman’s autobiographical experience of premature ovarian failure to question societal expectations of age and gender, and explore wider issues around mental health, identity, and how we cope with loss. 


Mighty Mammal Theatre


Meet the piggies at the trough... they sing songs, say prayers and even mime... you may recognise these swine of our times. 


Emerging character-chameleon Alice Wolff-Whitehouse presents her debut one-woman-show 'SWINE OF THE TIMES' - based on the anxieties around 21st century liberalism. An investigator into human quirks, Alice employs her skills in physical comedy, dance and song to bring to life a series of flawed and quintessentially British characters, looking at the grotesque nature of privilege in the UK through a warped and colourful lens. Nurturing a psycho-physical approach to performance, Alice explores how voice, physicality, imagination and impulse work together to create embodied character. 

When: Friday 20th March, 7.30pm (Bar opens at 7pm)
How much: £7, Students £5

Suitable for ages 16+
Warnings: Some swearing and mature themes

FUSE Festival 2020 - Day 2

Six emerging artists test a new performance idea over three days. FUSE Festival is about supporting the beginnings of new work before it's fully developed. Watch, discuss, and be part of the creation of something brilliant.


A multi-disciplinary project, featuring an all-female cast, and inspired by life cycles of various hermaphroditic fish species;  Fe(Male) is an examination of femininity, depicting a journey of a female moving up in the world, at the expense of her sisters, principles and identity. At the heart of Fe(Male) is the question of what it is to be female in all its forms, examining how the broad spectrum of modern gender definitions collides with the old definitions that have dominated the population for centuries. The performance occupies a strange space between the deep oceans, and the more familiar experience of our day to day lives. However as more and more parallels are drawn, it may seem the two are not so different.

Ten Minutes Late Theatre


A Brummie and a black country lad walk into a theatre… now what happens? With class and race being at the forefront of people’s minds, these young men think it’s time for their say. Combining both storytelling, live music and an inflatable swan they strive to outclass the prejudices set against them. TwoSidesSameCoin explores the negative behaviours associated with young working class black and white males in today’s Britain. By confronting language, societal pressure and political correctness, TwoSidesSameCoin attempts to show the unseen side of British culture.


When: Saturday 21st March, 7.30pm (Bar opens at 7pm)
How much: £7, Students £5

Suitable for ages 16+
Warnings: Some swearing and mature themes

FUSE FESTIVAL 2020 - Day 3

Six emerging artists test a new performance idea over three days. FUSE Festival is about supporting the beginnings of new work before it's fully developed. Watch, discuss, and be part of the creation of something brilliant.

Plastica Galactica

“Don’t go near the water” The Beach Boys once said, but Plastica Galactica looks at exactly that; the water. What’s choking our marine life, what’s clogging up the ocean and what’s outliving all of us; plastic.

With everything on stage being plastic Emma and Bryony have collected on beach cleans, they’re here to show you why life in plastic…isn’t fantastic. Plastica Galactica explores plastic pollution, the effects on marine wildlife and the importance of YOU! Expect copious amounts of trash, DIY theatre and two eco girls in a plastic world.

Help us stop the plastic tide before we sleepwalk into the worst possible situation.


Casey Lloyd and Toby Robertshaw 


With such a dark history, Swindon is a paranormal hotspot*

The Steam Museum. The Magic Roundabout. The Millennium Clock. The Brunel Centre. Oasis. The Outlet. La Carbonara. Liquor Lounge. The Shoebox Theatre**

You can’t escape it. Swindon is haunted. Gurt Haunted and Sir Francis Hailbop and his world renowned team of experts are not leaving until they put the spirits of Swindon to rest...
Or at least until they’ve got enough footage for their new TV series.

In a Most Haunted Live - meets - Summer Heights High, You’ll be left pondering if you truly are a believer or a massive sceptic***


When: Sunday 22nd March, 7.30pm (Bar opens at 7pm)
How much: £7, Students £5

Suitable for ages 16+
Warnings: Mature themes

Improv Jam! March 2020


Hosted by Imogen Palmer of The Delight Collective and The Bristol Improv Theatre. Improv Jam is your chance to get on stage and have a go at the make-em-ups yourself! All abilities welcome in this friendly, inclusive improv night.

Arrive at 7pm for a group warm up and a chance to meet the other improvisers if you want to perform!  

Performing not your thing? Come along and watch with a stiff drink. The bar will be open from 7.00pm, with the Improv starting at 7.45pm. 

When: Friday, 27th March 2020, 7pm. 
How much: £7

Suitable for ages 18+

Stage Combat Intensive Exam Course: Escrima Stick



Gain an industry and Equity recognised qualification with our 3-day stage combat exam course in Escrima Stick - one of the stage's most brutal and dynamic fighting styles. Delivered by the Actors’ Institute in association with The Action Emporium and the APC.

Total Beginner? Have no fear. This course will provide you with all that you need to perform a gripping armed fight safely and dramatically. Not your first rodeo? This course also caters for those who are looking to continue their training at BASIC level or who are ready to work at INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED levels.

The course will be taught by experienced APC Teacher and RSC Associate Practitioner, Tom Jordan. Successful completion of this course and the final exam will provide you with an Equity and Spotlight recognised qualification in Escrima Stick combat.

When: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th of April 2020, 10am-5.30pm
Cost: £135 per person

Suitable for ages 18+

For information about course content email tpjordan@live.com

Acting for Beginners 18+ - April 2020



It's never too late to tread the boards! Our Beginners Acting Courses for Adults offer an introduction to acting in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Ideal for those with little or no acting experience, classes provide the chance to explore acting technique in a playful, accessible and practical way. Whether you are an aspiring performer; wish to revitalise your creativity; or simply want to try something new and build self-confidence, you will find our classes fun and rewarding. 

Beginners courses introduce you to core performance skills required to get you started and are open to anyone over the age of 18. We limit the numbers in our classes so everybody gets the attention they need and the support to develop at their own pace. ​There is no audition to join. We offer three 10-week courses, which run throughout the year - all of which can be signed up to individually and taken in any order.

Our next beginners course starts on 23rd April 2020 with Comedy and Improvisation. Explore comic techniques through playful improvisations and learn to find the game and to embrace your mistakes. You can expect exaggerated characters, slapstick humour, silly scenarios and lots of laughter!

When: Thursdays from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, 23rd April to 25th June 2020
How much: £85 for a 10 week course​

Actor's Workout: Scene Work - April 2020


Our weekly sessions for Actors are designed to keep your technique sharp and well-practiced. Sessions focus on either scripted or improv work and are tailored to the students in the room.

Our next six-week course starts on 28th April with Scene Work:

During these sessions you will work on scenes with two or more characters, taken from the stage and screen. You can expect to undertake text analysis, explore the psychology of a character and work with quick direction in an audition setting. You will explore the teachings of a range of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Meisner, Chubuck and Uta Hagen, to find organic and authentic moments within your performance.
These sessions provide a practical experience of acting text, as such, you will be working towards in-class performances for immediate feedback.
When: Tuesdays, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, 28th April to 2nd June 2020
How much: £50 for a 6 week course

The Bish Bosh Bash - April 2020


From The Delight Collective in association with The Bristol Improv Theatre!

Whose Line meets Shooting Stars meets the competitive spirit of a premier league sports match. Team Bish and Team Bosh go head to head to win glory, honour and the audience’s love! 

Scenes, songs and silliness are a given in this high-octane improv extravaganza, but who will come out on top? YOU decide.

'Five stars' - Bristol 247.

When: Friday, 24th April 2020, Bar opens at 7pm, Improv starts at 7.30pm!
How much: £10, Students £8

Suitable for ages 16+

Short Course: Acting for Camera


The Actors' Institute offers short courses in Acting for Camera led by award winning Director, Jack Price. Courses are 100% practical and focus on how to produce great work as an Actor in a film production environment.​

During our next five-day intensive course, starting in September 2020, you will learn how to live in front of the camera using the Meisner Technique and will explore how to apply it within a film production environment. 

​The course will run over the following 5 days:


Friday 4th September 2020, 10am-4pm
Saturday 5th September 2020, 10am-4pm
Sunday 6th September 2020, 10am-4pm
Saturday 12th September 2020, 10am-4pm
Sunday 13th September 2020, 10am-4pm

​Cost: £240 per person

Suitable for ages 18+

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