From July 1–14, Pride boasts an unmissable fortnight of fun. With so many events to choose from, don’t miss out on this year’s comedy, theatre and poetry, says James Higgins
Bristol Pride has established itself over the years as one of the city’s most successful festivals. This celebration of the LGBT+ community draws together the whole city in a fortnight of events and shows that offer something for everyone. Organised by Bristolians, for Bristolians, the first fortnight of July is packed with theatre, poetry cabaret, live music, comedy, film and even a dog show!
July 14 marks the official Pride Day headlined by Alexandra Burke, but there’s a huge array of events in the run-up which showcase the talent and creativity of LGBT+ performers in Bristol and this country.
For a cerebral night out, why not watch the stunning LGBT+ poets on July 1 at the Room Above at the White Bear. Headlined by Anna Freeman, this acclaimed novelist, poetry slam winner and Bath Spa lecturer is a phenomenally witty and insightful writer who promises an engaging and accessible performance.
Across town at the Wardrobe Theatre, the Bristol theatre troupe Degrees of Error are presenting a special edition of their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Murder, She Didn’t Write on July 10. This talented improv cast are performing a drag-version of their murder mystery farce. Hailed by the Ed Fringe Review as “One of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time,” Degrees of Errors’ shows are incredibly popular and are always a sell-out, so be sure to get your tickets quickly and will you guess whodunnit in time?
LGBT+ comedians are some of the community’s most beloved icons, and this troupe have got the quirky jokes and off-beat sensibilities to offer a thought-provoking night. Always a highlight, this year it features Jayde Adams (a dancing, piano-playing rapper), BBC New Comedy Award-shortlisted Sophie Ducker, Chortle Student Comedy Award-finalist Joshua Jones, and Elf Lyons who last year appeared on British Vogue’s 20 names of now.
When: July 1–14
Where: Events across Bristol
How much: Ticketed – check website for details