Doing Thing Differently in Bristol


Enjoy boundary-pushing performance across Bristol


Doing Things Differently is a brand new celebration of performance for Bristol and the South West — it looks to reflect the “true diversity of the population on stage and in performance.”

The festival, presented by Diverse City and Bristol City Council, will be looking to thrill audiences from across the region with an eclectic programme of events, workshops, talks and activities. A big group of the city’s finest creative institutions — from across the world of performance — will be demonstrating their talents at the festival.

One of the highlights of the calendar is a performance of Weighting from professional circus company Extraordinary Bodies — this is a must-see spectacular mixing theatre, dance and circus skills. It stars seven disabled and non-disabled acrobats, who perform with a live band and a 200-strong community choir.


Another performance to get excited about is Caroline Bowditch’s exploration of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. It’s called Falling In Love With Frida and merges humorous storytelling with dance and song.


Prejudice-fighting cloth puppet Fred, starring in Meet Fred, is another show not to be missed. Fred wants to be in the real world and live his life, get a job and fall in love… but things change when he’s threatened with losing his Puppetry Living Allowance.


As well as all the glorious sights to behold, a range of informal talks and educational workshops will help you “get to grips with access, inclusion and diversity”. Doing Things Differently will provoke conversation and make you think about the world and society in a different way.


There’s so much to do this autumn — bring the whole family down and banish the back-to-school blues with some riveting performances and interactive afternoons. All tickets and venues can be found on the festival website, along with additional information and accessibility details. Visit to find out what’s happening.


When: 14 -21 September


Where: Various Bristol venues


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