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Festival Passes

Become a Slapsticker, save money and beat the rush!

If you’re as passionate about slapstick and silent comedy as we are then you might consider booking one of our festival passes to save money on events.

There are two options for 2017: the Silent Comedy Pass featuring all 18 events held from Weds to Sun at Watershed and Arnolfini and our high octane Slapstick Full Pass which includes tickets to all 26 events over five days (including the gala) and has the additional bonuses of premium seating at Bristol Old Vic and Colston Hall (i.e. great seats!) plus a  free 2017 Festival T-Shirt as a big ‘thank you’ for supporting the festival.

Interested? Read on below to find out more…

Silent Comedy Pass

Includes: Tickets to all events at from Weds 18th – Sun 22nd Jan at Watershed and Arnolfini.

Only £120.00 including all booking fees (over 15% off full price tickets).

(Please note at time of writing Colston Hall incorrectly has this listed as including all tickets incl. the gala. As stated above, this pass is actually only for the events at Watershed and Arnolfini.)


Slapstick Full Pass

Tickets to all events held at Watershed and Arnolfini PLUS tickets to all remaining events, from the Friday night Gala* at Colston Hall through to the final event on Sunday evening at Bristol Old Vic (all 26 events).

Only £225 including all booking fees (over 20% saving off full price tickets).

*If you have already purchased your Gala ticket, please call Colston Hall Box Office to pay a discounted rate for this pass.



Details regarding discounted accommodation for festival delegates.

The Bristol Hotel – 0117 923 0333
Superior Double – Sole Occupancy – £95 Bed & Breakfast (£10 supplement if double) per night
Deluxe Double – Sole Occupancy – £105 Bed & Breakfast (£10 supplement if double) per night
Quote “Slapstick” when booking – limited allocation

Hotel du Vin – 0117 403 2979
10% Discount – Quote “SLAPF900” when booking

Bristol Marriott – 0800 221 222
20% Discount – Quote “FVJ” when booking

Clifton Hotels
5% Discount – Quote “Slapstick Festival” when booking (10% Discount available for restaurants)
The same discount also applies to their Suites which you can book on the website below

Victoria Square – 0117 973 9058
10% Discount – Quote “Slapstick” when booking by telephone

Brooks Guest House – 0117 930 0066
Weekday Double Occupancy – £89 Bed & Breakfast per night
Weekend Double Occupancy – £109 Bed & Breakfast per night
Quote “Slapstick” when booking

Cliftonshortlets – 0117 923 7947
5 Westbourne Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RZ

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2017: Wednesday

Wed 18 Jan 2017

NOTFILM (2015)

Watershed | 11.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Ross Lipman | US | 130mins

NOTFILM is a documentary about the embattled collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and silent-era genius Buster Keaton as they filmed Beckett’s only on-screen work.

During the restoration of FILM (1965), NOTFILM director Ross Lipman discovered its long-lost prologue under a sink at Barney Rosset’s (producer of FILM) house. He then reconstructed this scene for NOTFILM in strict accordance with Beckett’s original notes. A fascinating insight into Buster’s last ‘silent’ film.

There will be a screening of FILM (1965) at the Arnolfini during ‘When Keaton Met Beckett’ on Friday.

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Wed 18 Jan 2017

Jacques Tati: Mon Oncle (1958)

Watershed | 3.00pm | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Jacques Tati | France | 117mins

In keeping with the festival’s celebration of the great silent and visual clowns, we present this screening of Mon Oncle (1958), Jacques Tati’s gentle and brilliantly witty satire on the modern world. Unforgettable moments in this Oscar-winning classic include the dog that won’t open the garage door, M. Hulot’s attempts to run a machine making plastic pipes and his struggles with an automated kitchen. Watch out also for a short appearance by Pierre Étaix, who we celebrate on the Wednesday of Slapstick.

“Deft, illusive, full of heart” – Monthly Film Bulletin.

Introduced by presenter Chris Serle.

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Wed 18 Jan 2017

Victoria Wood: Let’s Do It!

Celebrating the life and work of Victoria Wood 

Watershed | 5.40pm | Tickets: £9.00/£6.50

Mourning the sudden passing of comedic giant and Slapstick Festival supporter, Victoria Wood, Andrew Kelly (Festival of Ideas) hosts a panel discussion looking at the extraordinary contribution that she made to comedy writing, performance and stand-up.

Stand-up comedians Lucy Porter and Pippa Evans, along with Comedy and Theatre Historian Louise Wingrove from Bristol University, make up the panel.

This event is in partnership with Bristol University and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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Wed 18 Jan 2017

Annette Benson: Shooting Stars (1928)

Watershed | 8.30pm | Tickets: £9.00/£6.50
dir. Anthony Asquith | UK | 70mins

The husband and wife acting team of Mae Feather (Benson) and Julian Gordon gets torn apart when he discovers she is having an affair with the screen comedian Andy Wilks. Mae hatches a plot to kill her husband by putting a real bullet in the prop gun that will be fired at him during the making of their new film, ‘Prairie Love’.
This highly acclaimed British romantic thriller is a departure from our usual ‘laugh out loud’ comedy programme, but it’s more than worthy of inclusion due to the satirical ‘behind the scenes’ silent comedy aspect of the film. With special thanks to the BFI.

PLUS: “What’s the World Coming To?” (1926) | dir. Richard Wallace | US | 23mins | A fantastic, little-known Hal Roach comedy set 100 years in the future when genders have reversed. Starring Clyde Cook and Katherine Grant.

This exquisite double bill of rarely screened silent comedies is introduced by stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza and has a live music accompaniment from Daan van den Hurk and the world’s only Silent movie harpist Elizabeth – Jane Baldry

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