Hi All!

The time has come to unleash our November platform line-up. 

Firstly this year we’re feeling a little ambitious, so ambitious that we are calling it a MICRO-FEST!

We will be based at THE PARLOUR SHOWROOMS from the Thursday 21st November running our Ausform Cafe but also in the good company of artists in residence: AFFIX. This an exciting collaboration between creative designer Sabrina Shirazi, costume maker Annelies Henny, and performance makers Clerke & Joy. By exploring the combination of textiles and live performance, the team has developed a visually intriguing and wholly interactive installation for you to play with. AFFIX will also be running free, creative workshops and performances throughout the weekend!

AFFIX poster


On FRIDAY 22nd, We will be roaming over to our usual haunt THE CUBE MICROPLEX for a triple-bill of new live solo performances, never seen in Bristol before. Kicking of a 7pm we will welcome Tender Buttons, Holly Bodmer and Foxy and Husk to delve into perseverance, loneliness and love!


FOX SOLO by Foxy and Husk

Foxy and Husk take to the stage.

Milk is their favourite tipple. Love is their drug.

Come join this tragic double act in a toast to love and heartbreak. In return they will sing and dance for you, thirsty for your love and affection. 

Fox Solo looks at the transformative nature of love and loss through an unusual combination of cabaret, lip-sync, video and performance art.

“Terrific … Conjures up the animal in each of us”



Photo Credit: Julia Bauer

BLOW by Holly Bodmer

Inspired by a genuine tape recording of a failed music exam, ‘blow’ relives personal musical failures and other setbacks through a series of ‘bad blows’.

For anyone who has ever picked up an instrument and put it down again or anyone who is afraid of ‘blowing it’. This solo performance ploughs through a process of perseverance, finding ways of coping with the unsoundly moments and ultimately embracing the discordant and inharmonious human qualities of us all.

Holly Bodmer is a performance artist from Norwich. She devises solo and collaborative work inspired by observations of human nature (familiar dispositions and funny behaviour). She uses spoken and physical expression to engage audience in unusual live exchanges.


Photo Credit: John Boursnell

SOUNDS AND GUTS (work-in-development) by Tender Buttons

This is Ogygia Island. Separated from the mainland by a large sound, or channel of water, it is home to one human and a huge colony of sea birds, including 850 pairs of Eider Ducks.

Legend has it that Ogygia Island holds the answer to loneliness. It is said that bathing in the waters surrounding the island can cure all manner of lonesome maladies.

Sounds and Guts will take you on a theatrical tour of the island, weaving together archive footage of island life, field recordings and immersive sound design to tell a playful fable about the tools we use to fend off loneliness and what happens when they fail us.

Tender Buttons is a theatre and performance company dedicated to making innovative, cross-disciplinary work that engages audiences and collaborators in public dialogues around current social, political and philosophical issues.


On SATURDAY 23rd we will occupy THE PARLOUR SHOWROOMS with cake, talks and performances! Talks and Cakes to be announced but we can inform you that performance makers Ana Mendes and Ria Hartley will form a double bill that looks at history, life and movement, through two different approaches.


DANCE PLAY by Ana Mendes

I walk slowly

Because I come from far way

I walk slowly

because I come from far away

I walk slowly because

I am basha posh

A girl who used to be a boy.

DANCE PLAY is a work about life, movement and immigration. It speaks about the moment we live in now in Europe, with hope, revolution and crisis.

Winner of the Jury Sophiensaele Prize, Festival 100% Berlin, Germany, 2013.

Ana Mendes is a playwright, performer and visual artist living in London. Her work is based on the idea of movement and rhythm.


MATILDA AND ME by Ria Hartley

“Matilda is my Grandma. She migrated from Jamaica to England in 1962. Now all of her memories have faded. I need to remember for her, for me, for us”. 

A woman makes a decision that will change her family’s history and the course of their future. Five decades later this performance considers the eminence and consequence of that choice voiced through the third generation granddaughter. Reflecting on the history of the two islands they are from, Great Britain and Jamaica, the storyteller is faced with contradictions in her in-betweeness as she contemplates the slave trade and the expansion of the British Empire.

Ria Hartley is an interdisciplinary solo performance artist, researcher and educator based in the South West of England. Working within the mediums of devised theatre, site-specific and durational performance, live art, installation, video, photography, and socially –engaged art, her practice focuses on exchange, memory, interaction and communication.



21st – 23rd November / Micro-fest / Weekend Pass: £20 (inc a piece of cake!)

FRIDAY 22nd / The Cube / 7pm / Triple-Bill / £10 adv/ £15 door

SATURDAY 23rd / The Parlour Showrooms / 6pm / Double-Bill/ £8

Look out for announcements on talks, discussions, exhibitions and socials! @ausform

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