Comedy & Spoken Word

Comedy & spoken word performance in Bath Fringe steps far beyond the range of what is available the rest of the year. Try some of these for size…

Listings for Comedy, Spoken Word

Friday 25th May

Crystal Palace pub - Outside, in Abbey Green

Also on:
Saturday 26th May
Friday 8th June

Back By Popular Demand

The Bath Pub Tour

An Insider's Guide to Bath's Best Boozers

A charming local's guide to the best secret drinking holes in town. A 90-minute witty walkabout through Bath's Drinking History with round after round of fascinating facts delivered in a tongue-in-cheek Pub Quiz format. Come ready with a winning Team Name. Prizes to be won! More info and booking...

Fairfield House

An Audience with

The Last Poets

Live at the House of Haile Selassie I

The legendary New York civil rights activists and groundbreaking performers The Last Poets are coming to Bath for one night only to share an intimate evening of welcome, conversation, performance and hospitality. This once in a lifetime opportunity will take place in Fairfield House, the Victorian villa left to the City of Bath by HIM Haile Selassie I. More info and booking...

Saturday 26th May

Walcot Chapel

Live Live

The internationally renowned ceramics artist Sandy Brown invites people with many skills and none to work with Avon clay. The sculptor Martin Staniforth encourages visitors to make a new piece with found materials. The process artist Aine Kelly creates new work on site. Anais Comer tells a child-friendly story about a stranded whale. And the celebrated choir leader and singer-songwriter, Su Hart, conducts an impromptu workshop to make an improvised and spontaneous choral piece that lifts the spirits of singers and listeners alike. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Upstairs theatre

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Thereby Hangs A Tale presents

The Interlinear of Cabeza de Vaca & Malinche

Two epic stories from the 16th Century Spanish colonisation of the Americas told with live original music.
"The power of maintaining life in others lives within each of us, and from each of us does it recede when unused" More info and booking...

Crystal Palace pub - Outside, in Abbey Green

Also on:
Friday 25th May
Friday 8th June

Back By Popular Demand

The Bath Pub Tour

An Insider's Guide to Bath's Best Boozers

A charming local's guide to the best secret drinking holes in town. A 90-minute witty walkabout through Bath's Drinking History with round after round of fascinating facts delivered in a tongue-in-cheek Pub Quiz format. Come ready with a winning Team Name. Prizes to be won! More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

High and Dry Present

The Child Who Said No

A spoken word meta-drama based on real lives and real mental health recovery.

The play is a journey of life, grief, hope, change and the human condition. Beyond a story, we walk alongside the shadows into a dream reality of feeling, learning and evolving.
The Child Who Said No is a High and Dry production, written and performed by Alice Smith and Bethany Blue.
Featuring Abi, The Rainbow Child and Swingerella, The Fool. More info and booking...

Sunday 27th May

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

The Rattle'n'Roll Players present

The Rise and Fall of King Donald the 1/5th

by Gabriel Chanan

A rich, aggressive merchant aims to seize Egoland from dying King Omba. He makes a risky pact with three witches - but they have their own subversive ideas. Who can save the world from his destructive impulses? Humour, pathos and Shakespearean echoes jostle in this hilarious take on contemporary politics More info and booking...

Tuesday 29th May

The Old Theatre Royal

Comedienne-ess

Sally-Anne Hayward

A familiar face as one of the regular hosts of Krater Comedy at Komedia, Sally-Anne is taking time off from supporting Sarah Millican to bring her us her own show.
59 minutes of jokes from a female/woman unafraid of embracing her bitchier side.
“Warm and very funny” Sarah Millican. More info and booking...

Wednesday 30th May

St James Wine Vaults - Upstairs (gallery room)

Also on:
Friday 1st June
Saturday 2nd June

Daniel John Smith in

Big Dumb Cats

Two word texts, a nameless cat, blood where it shouldn't be and a fashion show to die for. We're shaped both by our experiences and how we get through them. Come share in some stories that have made Daniel John Smith the human he now appears to be. More info and booking...

Thursday 31st May

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Friday 1st June
Saturday 2nd June
Sunday 3rd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Friday 1st June

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Thursday 31st May
Saturday 2nd June
Sunday 3rd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

St James Wine Vaults - Upstairs (gallery room)

Also on:
Wednesday 30th May
Saturday 2nd June

Daniel John Smith in

Big Dumb Cats

Two word texts, a nameless cat, blood where it shouldn't be and a fashion show to die for. We're shaped both by our experiences and how we get through them. Come share in some stories that have made Daniel John Smith the human he now appears to be. More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Route

by Marie Myrie

ROUTE originated from verbatim and poetry, it plays with the journey of self-acceptance and the meaning of home. Having parents that migrated as a product of the Windrush in 1948 from Jamaica, she finds herself embarking in a mirrored experience of isolation during her time at a predominantly white middle-class university.
Directed by Ewa Dina & Produced by Flo Akano More info and booking...

Saturday 2nd June

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

Howard-Vick Productions presents

The Stationmaster

A new family musical by Gabriel Vick

Wesley is a 10 year old boy who loves trains and spends too much time at Swindon station for his parents liking. But on this day of the launch of the new intercity express train, Wesley finds himself in charge of the entire station! More info and booking...

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

OOOH ARRR Productions presents

Musical Mayhem

All of your favourite musicals in one place.

Let our two dazzling divas take you directly to the West End. It is here where they will serenade you with a feel-good hour of toe-tapping tunes and the ballads that are sure to hit home. They will take you through the A-Z of Musical theatre to ensure you do have the time of your life. Dance and sing along to all of your favourite show tunes for 60 minutes of pure entertainment! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Sarah Slater Presents

Ralph La Wong

Ralph is a parody of traditional music hall entertainment, attempting world record breaking plate spinning….without plates…. More info and booking...

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June
Sunday 3rd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Radstock town centre

Bedlam Saturday in Somer Valley

Somer Valley Arts Family Day

featuring Outside! NOW!! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Phil Young Presents

Philentertains

He fell in love with her in the deep sea, but can he fathom how to win her love or will she think him too shallow? An aquatic love story. More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

NOSThree presents

Friendly Ever After

with Maria de Jesus Rocha and Bianca Bertalot

A lovely story of two young clowns trying to find true friendship. When fate unites them, they realise that cultivating a new friendship is not an easy job. They discover together the beauty of friendship and the need to respect, help and understand one's friend. More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Festival of Nature presents

Pop up Wildlife Party

Festival of Nature - After dark! This takeover of Green Park Station will find performers, artists and new technologies joining forces with conservation organisations to create an evening of wildlife surprises! More info and booking...

St James Wine Vaults - Upstairs (gallery room)

Also on:
Wednesday 30th May
Friday 1st June

Daniel John Smith in

Big Dumb Cats

Two word texts, a nameless cat, blood where it shouldn't be and a fashion show to die for. We're shaped both by our experiences and how we get through them. Come share in some stories that have made Daniel John Smith the human he now appears to be. More info and booking...

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

Derekk Ross in...

Autolycus! (on the bus!)

A unique hybrid of comic live performance and dramatic film screening

Shakespeare's lovable comic rogue from 'The Winter's Tale'.
Live on the Theatre Bath Bus, Autolycus teases the audience with street patter, introducing short film 'Susurrar es nada/Whispering is Nothing' -also based on the play. Derekk Ross plays Autolycus (and jealous Leontes in the film, with Samuel de la Torre as Camillo). Two 20-minute performances at 6.30pm and 7pm. More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

Rondo Theatre

Amy Tobias in

The Quantum Physics of My Heart

A comedy science lecture about growing up in the '90s

If Amy's dad is a kick-ass scientist then she can be one too, right? Isn't that probability, or logic, or something? Amy invites you to her comedy science lecture about growing up in the '90s. With the help of some complex scientific theories (not really), Amy grapples with the teenage experiences that shaped her. More info and booking...

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

Positive Poetry Presents

Twenty Something

Created & performed by Janey McLeod

A colourful, comical & emotive explosion of spoken word poetry. Painting a picture of why daring to hope can powerfully ignite every aspect of life. More info and booking...

The Barley Mow

Foxy Music presents

The Idle Playthings Comedy Show

This Fringe comedy special at The Barley Mow is full of laughs, giggles and so much more.... Comprising of sketches, stand-up and improvisation this alt-comedy trio are sure to have you laughing for the rest of the festival! More info and booking...

Sunday 3rd June

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June
Saturday 2nd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Phil Young Presents

Philentertains

He fell in love with her in the deep sea, but can he fathom how to win her love or will she think him too shallow? An aquatic love story. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Sarah Slater Presents

Ralph La Wong

Ralph is a parody of traditional music hall entertainment, attempting world record breaking plate spinning….without plates…. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

OOOH ARRR Productions presents

Murdery Mystery on the SS Great Britain

Written by Jack Turner

The year is 2018 and The SS Great Britain is about to embark upon a new journey. However, as soon as the ship departs there is something untoward. Five high profile guests are aboard this ship, however one of them goes mysteriously missing. It is up to YOU to solve the mystery. More info and booking...

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

Also on:
Saturday 26th May

Thereby Hangs A Tale presents

The Interlinear of Cabeza de Vaca & Malinche

Two epic stories from the 16th Century Spanish colonisation of the Americas told with live original music.
"The power of maintaining life in others lives within each of us, and from each of us does it recede when unused" More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

NOSThree presents

Friendly Ever After

with Maria de Jesus Rocha and Bianca Bertalot

A lovely story of two young clowns trying to find true friendship. When fate unites them, they realise that cultivating a new friendship is not an easy job. They discover together the beauty of friendship and the need to respect, help and understand one's friend. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Sarah Slater Presents

Ralph La Wong

Ralph is a parody of traditional music hall entertainment, attempting world record breaking plate spinning….without plates…. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Phil Young Presents

Philentertains

He fell in love with her in the deep sea, but can he fathom how to win her love or will she think him too shallow? An aquatic love story. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Sylvia Hunt Presents:

'Cocktails and dog tails' and 'Billy Bubbles bath time'

A woozy mix of puppetry and physical comedy as bright young thing Lady Poirot and pampered pouch Billy Bubbles tussle in the battle between owner and pet in these two new sketches.
More info and booking...

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

Old Bag Theatre Company supports

The Big Oh!

sex ed on the back of the bus

School's out. Professional sex ed. escapes the classroom and gets on the bus for a lesson you'll not forget. Can 'blue ball' kill you? How much stuff actually comes out? How DO you have sex in a wheelchair? What IS non-binary?? Bring your smartphone to get involved. More info and booking...

Monday 4th June

St James Wine Vaults - Downstairs

Also on:
Tuesday 5th June
Wednesday 6th June

Slackjaw Theatre Presents

Smile, You're On Camera

At what point do measures taken for our own safety intrude on the freedoms we take for granted?
A fragmented, episodic two-hander following the interrogation of a woman who has been arrested for wearing inappropriate clothing while running. 'Smile' is an absurd, darkly comic exploration of the rules that govern our daily lives. Suitable Age 15+ More info and booking...

Tuesday 5th June

St James Wine Vaults - Downstairs

Also on:
Monday 4th June
Wednesday 6th June

Slackjaw Theatre Presents

Smile, You're On Camera

At what point do measures taken for our own safety intrude on the freedoms we take for granted?
A fragmented, episodic two-hander following the interrogation of a woman who has been arrested for wearing inappropriate clothing while running. 'Smile' is an absurd, darkly comic exploration of the rules that govern our daily lives. Suitable Age 15+ More info and booking...

Wednesday 6th June

St James Wine Vaults - Downstairs

Also on:
Monday 4th June
Tuesday 5th June

Slackjaw Theatre Presents

Smile, You're On Camera

At what point do measures taken for our own safety intrude on the freedoms we take for granted?
A fragmented, episodic two-hander following the interrogation of a woman who has been arrested for wearing inappropriate clothing while running. 'Smile' is an absurd, darkly comic exploration of the rules that govern our daily lives. Suitable Age 15+ More info and booking...

Thursday 7th June

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Friday 8th June

Scotland!

The Latebloomers

SCOTLAAAAND! A show that takes the audience on a wild ride, full of silliness, songs, stomping and dancing, fishing, hunting, slapping, rowing, freedom and brotherhood! Three "Scots" go forth into the ancient lands of the highlands, overcoming dangers, in search of the spirit of Scotland. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Saturday 9th June

CWIPS Presents

Missionary

A Comedy Sketch Show

Making their debut at Bath Fringe is Bath University's resident Comedy society, CWIPS, with a sketch show jam-packed full of their best, tried and tested material. "Missionary" is set to be their best show yet!
"A lovely evening of silliness" - Sean Turner, The Play That Goes Wrong More info and booking...

Theatre Bath Bus - Brunel Square

The Beige Brothers Omnibus Company presents :

Bill Smarme : Exposed

With Bill Smarme and The Bizness

It's not easy being an international entertainer and ladies’ man. Hear the warts-and-all story behind Bill's relentless 47-year rise to fame and mis-fortune whilst running the Smarme's Arms, and Smarmerection simultaneously! Climb on board for an intimate evening of comedy, music, repartee-hee, exposes, enlightenment and prizes with Bill and The Bizness, all in the best possible taste. Running time 1 hour. More info and booking...

Friday 8th June

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Saturday 9th June

BUST presents

The History Boys

By Alan Bennett

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results. Alan Bennett's pitch-perfect command of character and wit raises questions about education, aspiration, adolescence, role-models, sexuality and truth. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Thursday 7th June

Scotland!

The Latebloomers

SCOTLAAAAND! A show that takes the audience on a wild ride, full of silliness, songs, stomping and dancing, fishing, hunting, slapping, rowing, freedom and brotherhood! Three "Scots" go forth into the ancient lands of the highlands, overcoming dangers, in search of the spirit of Scotland. More info and booking...

Crystal Palace pub - Outside, in Abbey Green

Also on:
Friday 25th May
Saturday 26th May

Back By Popular Demand

The Bath Pub Tour

An Insider's Guide to Bath's Best Boozers

A charming local's guide to the best secret drinking holes in town. A 90-minute witty walkabout through Bath's Drinking History with round after round of fascinating facts delivered in a tongue-in-cheek Pub Quiz format. Come ready with a winning Team Name. Prizes to be won! More info and booking...

The Bell - Love Lounge (Back bar)

Bella Cielo

Hosted by Candy Flipp and Joshua Beau Jangles

Are you worried that your weekend isn't camp enough? Then welcome to Walcot's newest queer cabaret night. Tucked away at the Bell Back bar, they're bringing you a night of Comedy, Cabaret and Camaraderie for all to enjoy. Celebrating the local queer community and beyond, our aim is to bring a slice of fantastical, hedonistic fun back to the Bath scene. More info and booking...

Saturday 9th June

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Thursday 7th June

CWIPS Presents

Missionary

A Comedy Sketch Show

Making their debut at Bath Fringe is Bath University's resident Comedy society, CWIPS, with a sketch show jam-packed full of their best, tried and tested material. "Missionary" is set to be their best show yet!
"A lovely evening of silliness" - Sean Turner, The Play That Goes Wrong More info and booking...

Rondo Theatre

Sugar Butties presents

Trolley Girls

By Jessica Forrest and Olivia Nicholson

Attention All Shoppers! Ever found oneself staring down the down the stark and soul-less void of the freezer aisle wondering to yourself 'Who am I? How did I get here? Do I really need that reduced vanilla slice?' The Trolley Girls know exactly how you feel. A constant conveyor belt of sparkling musical numbers and side splitting belly laughs. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Also on:
Friday 8th June

BUST presents

The History Boys

By Alan Bennett

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results. Alan Bennett's pitch-perfect command of character and wit raises questions about education, aspiration, adolescence, role-models, sexuality and truth. More info and booking...