Bank Holiday Breakdown: Theatre

Bank Holiday Breakdown: Theatre

Posted on: 28 Mar 2024

The big Bank Holiday weekend begins tomorrow - so we’re putting together our guides to the best of the weekend’s events.

As Easter brings the Bank Holiday weekend, we find ourselves asking – is this a dream? A Midsummer Night’s Dream? No! An early-spring weekend fling!

But the thought of theatre is appropriate, as this is our breakdown of Bristol’s best bank holiday bits of beautiful board-treading!


Ringo Rabbit’s Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt - Friday 

Chicken and Rabbit are BEST friends. Such good friends, that rabbit is desperate to find chicken the perfect springtime gift… but it might not be as easy as he thinks! Will you help him hunt for the perfect egg and bring chicken a cracking good present?

From the makers of Farmer Spudkin’s Stolen Pumpkin and Yuletide Tales comes the latest immersive family adventure from Carnifølk. Expect laughter, silliness, and an epic egg hunt for all ages!

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – Friday 

It’s a great day for fans of Greek mythology, musicals, and young-adult novels alike; The Lightning Thief, a musical adaptation of the first in one of the best-selling series of all time, is coming to the Cube. 12-year-old Percy Jackson, discovers he’s a demigod and goes on a quest to find Zeus' missing lightning bolt – and prevent a war between the Greek gods.

The Bareback Kings – Friday 

Four drag kings having a go at being ‘just’ regular guys. An improv show lampooning anything and everything in the 21st Century, each show the lads (Brent, Dirk, Gary and Seb) will ask for your suggestions, and your digits, to create a one-off memorable experience.

Land of Lost Content – Friday

Henry and Jake grew up with their mates in a quiet country town called Dulowl. A town where they forged friendships in bad habits and damp raves as they stumbled through adolescence looking for something to do. Then Henry moved away. Now he’s back, but there’s no enjoying a welcome-home-pint without facing up to the memories he left behind.

A compassionate, funny and deeply moving take on life in a small town.

Starter For Ten – Friday & Saturday 

Starring Mel Giedroyc of The Great British Bake Off fame, Starter For Ten features a book and lyrics co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham (who also directs), with an 80s-inspired original score and lyrics from Hatty Carman and Tom Rasmussen. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch a sensational new musical on its ascendance!

Cirque Taboo: Esther’s Cult – Saturday

An Easter event with a twist, the titular Esther has been reborn, and has summoned her ‘Nunnie Bunnies’ and sexy disciples to deliver you a cabaret spectacular!

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Sunday 

Designed and directed by Kneehigh collaborator Sue Hill, this magnificent take on Coleridge’s epic ‘poem of the biosphere’ is brought into vibrant life by storyteller John O’Mahony.

Dare To Drag – Sunday 

This all-day dragstravaganza is back for the bank holiday weekend with some of the best queens in Bristol – hosted by Bristol’s own Alyssa Van Delle, this edition features a number of talented queens, including Drag Race UK’s own Vicki Vivacious!

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Patrick Bate

Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at