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MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: JULY 2018

28 shows this month across the Midlands, covering BirminghamCoventry

NottinghamLeicester & more.

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BIRMINGHAM

SUN 1ST – BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Mischief Movie Night:  Direct from a sold-out West End run and their return from six months on Broadway, Mischief Theatre bring you two more improvised movies on stage  

https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/mischief-movie-night/

WEDS 4TH – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Another packed show of experimental improv from the Midlands and beyond.  This month features comedy from Coventry Improv.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

FRI 6TH/SAT 7TH – WINTERBOURNE HOUSE

Murder On The Terrace:  Two outdoor performances in the style of a classic British whodunnit, performed by Foghorn Unscripted.

http://foghornunscripted.com/

THURS 12TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Fat Penguin Improv show off their comedy strengths using Chicago’s most famous improv format.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

MON 16TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where audience members can join performers on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

WEDS 18TH – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

THURS 19TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will take a very intimate look at the lives of the performers, then ruthlessly exploring the comedy within.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 19TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Squidheart:  The local duo create a full length show based on a single word from the audience.  Part of Birmingham Fest.

https://www.facebook.com/squidheartimprov/

WEDS 25TH – ISLAND BAR

Jumprov:  The completely unscripted comedy show, including a chance to jam with Jumprov on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov/

THURS 26TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  More comedy sketches based on true life stories.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SUN 29TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs: Birmingham’s premier improv group return to the top comedy venue after their previous sell-out show.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

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COVENTRY

FRI 13TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games.

https://www.facebook.com/CoventryImprov/

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NOTTINGHAM

THURS 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

MON 16TH – BUNKERS HILL

The Cat’s Pyjamas:  The Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience host a night of fun and games, including a chance for audience members to perform.

https://www.facebook.com/improvnottingham/

FRI 20TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

On Fire: The next generation of improv performers take to the stage.  A fine night for anyone.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

WEDS 25TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Smash Night: Multiple acts spontaneously turn suggestions into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

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LEICESTER

SAT 7TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

The Same Faces: Brilliant comedy sketches live on stage, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.  

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

MON 16TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Uncle Armando: Themed show where the group perform scenes inspired by stand up comedian Andy White.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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LUDLOW

SUN 1ST – BLUE BOAR

The Improlectuals:  See this improv supergroup perform spontaneous and hilarious on-the-spot comedy from audience suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals

NUNEATON

THURS 5TH – ABBEY THEATRE

The Improlectuals:  See this improv supergroup perform spontaneous and hilarious on-the-spot comedy from audience suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals

BUXTON

TUES 10TH/WEDS 11TH/MON 16TH – THE OLD CLUBHOUSE

Between Us:  The inside story of one couple’s relationship in this authentic and touching comedy show.  

https://www.facebook.com/betweenusimprov/

FRI 20TH/SAT 21ST – ARTS CENTRE STUDIO

Prawn Stars:  Award-winning Sheffield improvisers The Shrimps will be a joy to watch in this pair of shows.

https://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2018.html

NORTHAMPTON

SAT 28TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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MidlandsImprov.com: REVIEW: MISCHIEF MOVIE NIGHT

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“The Play That Goes Wrong” is a hugely popular and successful show.  It’s won an Olivier and a Tony and been performed all over the world, from South Africa and New Zealand to India and China.  And now the original cast and creators have created a new show which is different every night.  A one act tale based on a title and movie genre supplied by the audience, taken from an imaginary DVD library containing every possible film.

In this performance, the film was a old-fashioned mummy movie called “How I met your mother”. The hero of the tale was Bartholomew, a historian who wanted to prove the truth behind the legend of Pharaoh Gaia. He believed Gaia had killed his mother when she went looking for the tomb 40 years earlier. His fellow historians at the British Museum thought such stories were poppycock, mocking him and refusing to fund any expedition. A rich widow put up the cash instead, and so Bartholomew, the widow and her two sons travelled to Cairo finding the tomb, avoiding traps along the way and putting the mummy to rest. Bartholomew ended up trapped in the tomb himself, though the mummy was brought back to the British Museum proving the legend to be true just as he had believed.

This is a high quality improv display. Every scene had great moments and all the performers had fun throughout.  The songs were clear and strong with some great rhymes on top of the keyboard & percussion. A special mention must go to the sound and lighting, creating a dark and gloomy mummy’s tomb and adding a echo effect to every dark word spoken by the movie monster.

The key element to this show was the director, watching along with the audience and calling out any mistakes or confusing elements introduced by the cast. Such slip-ups are inevitable in any improv show and often quietly forgiven by the audience. By highlighting these odd moments and forcing them to be explained these bugs were turned into features, acknowledging what the audience had already noticed and adding more laughs along the way.

Even without the director’s involvement, a strong sense of story came through from this talented cast. In the final scene a pocket knife mentioned earlier was used to destroy the book of legends that had been present throughout. The legend told in the book in the first half of the show was used to defeat the mummy in the second half.  And the promise to reunite Bartholomew with his mother was completed when he met the same fate as her. All of those individual scenes which had felt silly and fun at the time were cleverly reused and combined to create a unified whole.  A very satisfying show.

MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: JUNE 2018

30 shows this month across the Midlands, covering  BirminghamCoventry

NottinghamLeicesterNorthamptonWorcester.

 

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BIRMINGHAM

THURS 7TH – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Come and enjoy another packed show of experimental improv from the Midlands and beyond.  This month features local duo Squidheart.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

THURS 7TH – MAC

Edinbrum:  Jarred Christmas, the quick witted master of improv, is a TV regular and Chortle award-winner.  See him & Viv Groskop in this preview of their Edinburgh Fringe shows.

https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/edinbrum-jarred-christmas-viv-groskop

SUN 10TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Documentary:  Showcase for graduates of the Fat Penguin Level One improv course.  Go and see Birmingham’s newest improvisers in their first public performance.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

TUES 12TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Fat Penguin Level Two students show off what they have learned using Chicago’s most famous improv format.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 14TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Craig Dixon.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SAT 16TH – OLD JOINT STOCK

An Audience With Henry VIII:  Two shows with your chance to ask questions Henry VII himself about his reign, wives or ANY related subject…there may be some surprising answers! 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/oldjointstock

MON 18TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where audience members can join performers on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

WEDS 20TH – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

THURS 21ST – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory create comedy scenes based on the musings of a stand up comedian.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

 

TUES 26TH/WEDS 27TH – BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Mischief Movie Night:  Direct from a sold-out West End run and their return from six months on Broadway, Mischief Theatre bring you an improvised movie live on stage  

https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/mischief-movie-night/

THURS 28TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  A stand up and an improv team combine to create double the fun.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 28TH/FRI 29TH – BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Mischief Movie Night:  Six more chances to see the new show from the creators of the smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong.  Starring them, directed by you, every night is a guaranteed comedy blockbuster!

https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/mischief-movie-night/

SAT 30TH – CHERRY REDS

The Improlectuals:  See this improv supergroup perform spontaneous and hilarious on-the-spot comedy from audience suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals

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COVENTRY

FRI 8TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games.

https://www.facebook.com/CoventryImprov/

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NOTTINGHAM

SAT 2ND – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Rhymes Against Humanity / The Vox Pops:  Improv double bill featuring a musical created on the spot from audience suggestions.  

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

THURS 14TH – THE MALT CROSS

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

FRI 15TH – THE PORTLAND BUILDING

UoN Improv:  The last show of the academic year for the student group will have a few surprises, plus the usual range of comic scenes and games.

https://www.facebook.com/UoNImprov/

MON 18TH – BUNKERS HILL

The Cat’s Pyjamas:  The Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience host a night of fun and games, including a chance for audience members to perform.

https://www.facebook.com/improvnottingham/

WEDS 27TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Smash Night: Multiple acts spontaneously turn suggestions into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

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LEICESTER

SAT 2ND – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

The Same Faces: Brilliant comedy sketches live on stage, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.  Special party to celebrate the group’s 5th birthday.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

MON 18TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Uncle Armando: Themed show where the group perform scenes inspired by stand up comedian Andy White.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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NORTHAMPTON

SAT 30TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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WORCESTER

FRI 1ST – THE SWAN THEATRE

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical:  The show that has to be seen to be believed.  Olivier Award winning display from Britain’s most talented performers.

http://www.theshowstoppers.org/upcoming-shows/

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MidlandsImprov.com: TRUMP & BREXIT GAGS BANNED AT BIRMINGHAM COMEDY SHOW

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A comedy group has banned references to Donald Trump and Brexit at their Glee Club show later this month.  The rule has been introduced to ensure there is a wide range of laughs available to all at their live comedy show.

The Box Of Frogs sketch group are based in Birmingham and have been performing improvised comedy for 9 years.  The group relies on audience suggestions to create scenes and songs on demand.  However, on 27 May they will be telling comedy-goers that the show is a Trump-and-Brexit-free-zone.  The night will be the first time local improvisers have put on a full length show at the region’s premier comedy venue.

Jon Trevor, leader of comedy group Box Of Frogs, said, “We want our show to be fun for everybody, and that isn’t possible if you spend half the time making jokes about people who think differently to you.  We should all be able to laugh together, not just by poking fun at others.  The show will focus on the comedy in everyday things and seeing the funny side of life.”

Having this rule also means the performers are guaranteed to perform new material at every show.  Eliminating comedy topics covered by many stand-ups means the improvisers are forced to find humour in unexpected places.

Adam Jaremko of the Glee Club said, “We aim to have something for everybody at The Glee Club, from household names to underground comedians.  We love putting on improv shows as it’s a chance to showcase a different type of humour and attract audiences that are sometimes put off by traditional stand-up.”

Improv comedy has been growing in popularity across the region in recent years.  2016 saw the first Birmingham Improv Festival, headlined by local star Josie Lawrence.  In 2017 there were 275 improv shows across the Midlands, up 57% on the previous year.  There are a dozen acts based in Birmingham but this is the first time one of them will run their own night at Birmingham’s premier comedy club.

Box Of Frogs are performing at The Glee Club on Sunday 27 May.  Tickets cost £7 and are available at glee.co.uk.

MidlandsImprov.com: REVIEW: THE IMPROLECTUALS

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The Improlectuals are an improv supergroup who come together to create slick comedy sketches.  In this performance there was Richard Baldwin (Wow Impro), Robert Lane (Foghorn Unscripted), Matthew Dibbens (Coventry Impro) and Nathan Blyth (Birmingham Rep), each one bringing their different comedic strengths to play in this satisfying full length show.

The show is made up of a mix of quick-fire sketches, each one following a set comedy format.  “ABC conversation” had two characters starting each sentence with alternating letters of the alphabet, in this instance holidaymakers endangered by a volcano.  “Dolphin trainer” had a lone performer on stage using just audience boos and cheers to guide him into performing a secret task they had chosen in advance (the Macarena).  “Lines from a hat” involves the performers taking lines of dialogue written by the audience before the show and fitting them into a single coherent scene.  From the off it was clear to the audience that they were in safe hands, with confidence and energy on display from all performers.  This reflects the years of experience on stage and an understanding of what makes a good game work well.

Each performer had several great moments in this show.  Richard’s wordplay was a joy throughout, most impressively during the unhappy bride song which rhymed “mental health” with “on the shelf” which fit the scene perfectly.  Robert kept the scenes coherent and grounded, explaining away apparent inconsistencies so that the comedy could grow organically from what had come before.  Matthew played with the fourth wall and was wonderfully honest on stage, admitting in one scene he was just copying everybody else and he didn’t have any other ideas.  And Nathan showed off a wide range of characters using great physicality and accents throughout.  Overall, a great blend of performers who worked together well to create a great night of comedy.

MidlandsImprov.com: BIRMINGHAM COMEDIANS IN GLEE CLUB FIRST

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For the first time in its 24 year history, The Glee Club is dedicating a full night to improvised comedy from a Birmingham-based group.  The venue is aiming to showcase a different brand of comedy while simultaneously supporting local talent.

Improv comedy has been growing in popularity across the region in recent years.  2016 saw the first Birmingham Improv Festival, headlined by local star Josie Lawrence.  In 2017 there were 275 improv shows across the Midlands, up 57% on the previous year.  There are a dozen acts based in Birmingham but this is the first time one of them will run their own night at Birmingham’s premier comedy club.

Jon Trevor, leader of comedy group Box Of Frogs, said, “Improvised comedy is a different beast from stand-up.  You have a whole team of people on stage, so it’s more like being with your friends at a party.  At a great show the audience and performers get in sync and everybody laughs together.  Another difference is the humour in improv comes from relationships and everyday things, not from news stories or picking on people in the front row.”

Adam Jaremko of the Glee Club said, “Audiences always enjoy improv shows that come here on tour.  There’s something electric about songs, sketches and scenes which are created on the spot – a real “one night only” feeling.  It’s great to find a local act who can do this and generate big laughs about things like the number 50 bus or Dudley zoo.”

Box Of Frogs are performing at The Glee Club on Sunday 27 May.  Tickets cost £7 and are available at glee.co.uk.

MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: MAY 2018

16 shows this month across the Midlands, covering  BirminghamCoventry

NottinghamLeicester & Northampton.

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 2ND – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Come and enjoy another packed show of experimental improv from the Midlands and beyond.  This month features Stealing The Show and The Clones.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

FRI 4TH – ROSIES

Jumprov:  Come and enjoy another packed show of improv from the UK’s first BAME group.  Part of “That Friday Feeling”.

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov/

THURS 10TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Matt Cullane.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

WEDS 16TH – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

MON 21ST – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where audience members can join performers on stage.

https://blueorangetheatre.co.uk/project/toadally-free-comedy/

THURS 24TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Sham Zaman.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SUN 27TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs:  Birmingham’s premier improv group appear at Birmingham’s best comedy club.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

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COVENTRY

FRI 11TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games.

https://www.facebook.com/Coventry-Improv-1572680139447632/

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NOTTINGHAM

THURS 10TH – THE MALT CROSS

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

SAT 19TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

The Vortex: An all-female team takes to the stage with no scripts & nothing pre-planned.  With support from female duo Squidheart.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

MON 21ST – BUNKERS HILL

NICE JAM:  The Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience host a night of fun and games, including a chance for audience members to perform.

https://www.facebook.com/improvnottingham/

WEDS 30TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Smash Night: Multiple acts spontaneously turn suggestions into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

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LEICESTER

THURS 3RD – PHOENIX

Human Machine AI improv: Human and machine share the stage for a unique improvised comedy performance, followed by a talk by creator Piotr Mirowski.

https://www.facebook.com/events/973194822854850/

SAT 5TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

The Same Faces: Brilliant comedy sketches live on stage, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.  Special party to celebrate the group’s 5th birthday.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

MON 16TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: “Uncle Armando” show where the group perform scenes inspired by comedian Harriet Dyer.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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NORTHAMPTON

FRI 25TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: APRIL 2018

21 shows this month across the Midlands, covering  BirminghamCoventry

NottinghamLeicester & Northampton.

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BIRMINGHAM

TUES 3RD – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Documentary:  Showcase from the latest graduates of the Fat Penguin improv course.  A chance to see Birmingham’s newest comedy performers for the first time.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SUN 8TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs: High energy comedy sketches from Birmingham’s premier improv troupe.  Part of “Rough Works” night.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

WEDS 11TH – OLD JOINT STOCK 

LoveHard:  “Tales from the Elsewhere” provides a mix of scripted and improvised humour from this comedy double act.  

https://www.facebook.com/lovehardcomedy

THURS 12TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Karl Adams.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 12TH/FRI 13TH – THE GLEE CLUB

The Noise Next Door:  Ten time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a showcase of lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. 

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/

FRI 13TH/SAT 14TH – AE HARRIS

What The Dickens:  The World of Charles Dickens has never been more interactive and inviting than in this fast-moving, comedy romp.  

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted/

MON 16TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with all your favourite improv games.  Absolutely free – ‘laugh, or your money back!’

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

WEDS 18TH – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Come and enjoy another packed show of experimental improv form the Midlands and beyond.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

WEDS 18TH – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

THURS 19TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Liam Jeavons.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

FRI 20TH – CAFE OIKOS

Box Of Frogs: One off show in Erdington featuring all of your favourite improv games.  Part of the “Cafe Arts” event.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

THURS 26TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with guest performer Av Singh.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

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COVENTRY

FRI 13TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games.

https://www.facebook.com/Coventry-Improv-1572680139447632/

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NOTTINGHAM

THURS 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

MON 16TH – BUNKERS HILL

NICE JAM:  The Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience host a night of fun and games, including a chance for audience members to perform.

https://www.facebook.com/improvnottingham/

WEDS 25TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Smash Night: Multiple acts spontaneously turn suggestions into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

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LEICESTER

SAT 7TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

The Same Faces: Brilliant comedy sketches live on stage, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.  Special party to celebrate the group’s 5th birthday.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

MON 16TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: “Uncle Armando” show where the group perform scenes inspired by comedian Troy Hawke.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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NORTHAMPTON

FRI 27TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: MARCH 2018

17 shows this month across the Midlands, covering  BirminghamCoventry

NottinghamLeicester & Northampton.

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BIRMINGHAM & THE BLACK COUNTRY

FRI 2ND – THE STATION 

LoveHard:  A mix of scripted and improvised humour from this comedy double act.  Part of “Off The Rails” night in Kings Heath.

https://www.facebook.com/lovehardcomedy

THURS 8TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  Show featuring the house team Bunkum Factory and special guest Horatio Gould.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 8TH – BRIERLY HILL CIVIC HALL

Knightmare Live: Enter stranger.  Multiple dungeoneers enter Lord Fear’s catacombs.  Each show is different, each room a new challenge.

http://www.knightmarelive.com/

WEDS 14TH – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Experimental theatre from local acts including double act SquidHeart and musical group Off Broad Street.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

THURS 15TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Chris James.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

MON 19TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with all your favourite improv games.  Absolutely free – ‘laugh, or your money back!’

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

WEDS 21ST – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

THURS 22ND – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Ben Hanlin.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 29TH– THE VICTORIA

Jumprov:  Comedy, games, music & entertainment from the UK’s first diverse improv group.  Go for the laughs, stay for the after party.

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov/

THURS 29TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with guest performers The Improlectuals.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

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COVENTRY

FRI 2ND – WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

The Improv Musical:  More instant songs following the success of their sell-out performances in Warwick & the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/theimprovmusical/

FRI 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games.

https://www.facebook.com/Coventry-Improv-1572680139447632/

THURS 29TH – TWISTED BARREL BREWERY

Coventry Improv:  An evening of improvised humour from Coventry’s premier improv group

https://www.facebook.com/Coventry-Improv-1572680139447632/

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NOTTINGHAM

THURS 8TH – THE MALT CROSS

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

WEDS 28TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Smash Night: Multiple acts spontaneously turn suggestions into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

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LEICESTER

MON 19TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: “Uncle Armando” show where the group perform scenes inspired by comedian Naz Osmanoglu.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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NORTHAMPTON

FRI 30TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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MidlandsImprov.com: REVIEW: BETWEEN US

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“Between Us” is a one act play following the ups and downs of a single relationship.  Created by Rachel Thorn & Alex Keen, it is as different from the cliched view of improv as you can imagine.  Sad.  Touching.  Beautiful.

At the start of the show, the two performers ask us to describe an Alex or Rachel we know in real life, and this plants a seed for what follows.  In this performance the suggestion led to Alex having a Greek father obsessed with Alexander The Great.  In turn it was revealed that the father had died when Alex was just 9 years old, a subject that Alex had only ever discussed with Rachel and his therapist.  In contrast, Rachel was still living at the family home as her mother’s multiple illnesses meant she couldn’t be left alone for too long.

Rachel’s mother became the central point of tension for the couple as their romantic relationship progressed.  Rachel realised the gap between wanting to look after her mother and having to look after her, almost envious at times of Alex’s freedom in this regard.  Alex enjoyed the mother’s company but found home life very restrictive in that environment, making everyone old before their time and infringing on the relationship he had with the woman he loved.  And so we reached an impasse.  Rachel couldn’t move in with Alex as that would mean abandoning her responsibilities.  And Alex couldn’t move in with Rachel as he didn’t want to end up as another carer for the mother.  And so we saw the couple fall apart due to circumstance, with neither side the villain but unable to find a way to live in love together.

This story was told in a realistic, natural way.  Nothing felt forced or unexplained, a complaint I often have with theatre, TV and film.  Instead, the things the characters said and did rang true.  And that’s all down to the skill and honesty of Rachel Thorn & Alex Keen, who were showing something of themselves as they created the show.  We just got to see how these two people reacted to the things life throws at us.  I was reminded of the time spent looking after my ill father and how that affected other aspects of my life.  It felt a little bit like my story too.  And as everybody has some hard times, as everybody has relationships that just don’t work out, this felt like a story for us all.

 

Between Us can be seen at multiple venues across the Midlands and North of England.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/betweenusimprov/