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The Tobacco Factory and the Brewery Theatre plays host to the Bristol Festival of Puppetry this week, an annual event which invites both local and international talent in a celebration of the art of puppetry.

Split between family fare and productions for more mature audiences, the bank holiday weekend was mostly given over to the former, with people of all ages attending those plays aimed at the young and the young at heart.

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The controversy over this year’s scaled back jazz festival didn’t stop the Old Duke putting on another fantastic line-up of music.

But it was impossible to avoid the feeling that staging the three-day event indoors – even if it wasn’t the organisers’ first choice – took away some of the special atmosphere the festival usually creates.

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WITH the rain hammering down relentlessly all day I was relieved that Thunderfest is my kind of festival – indoors, no camping required and only ten minutes from my house.
But joking aside, this is an excellent annual showcase of local talent in one of the city’s best live music venues.

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Upon entering the Stokes Croft venue, visitors were greeted by the wonderful strings, strums and singing of Joyce The Librarian, sound checking.

No.51 had a large table of diners by the window, obviously enjoying the musical entertainment.

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The rather brilliantly titled “Thunderfest” is a five day festival being held over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate the best of Bristol’s music scene.

There are some great bands on the bill, taking advantage of one of the city’s most underrated venues for live music, the Thunderbolt in Totterdown.

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There is still plenty of comedy mileage in this farce written by two masters of the genre, Ray Cooney and John Chapman.

Not Now Darling first saw the light of day just over 50 years ago with Donald Sinden and Bernard Cribbins in the leading roles.

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By Emily Koch / e.koch@bepp.co.uk

Historic Bristol pub the Old Duke kicks off its 33rd free jazz festival this weekend – but it will be on a much smaller scale than in recent years.

Over the years the annual festival had grown into a large-scale event with an outdoor stage, attracting some of the finest performers around.

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