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Graeme Rose's Blog: Engine Brake

The trailer for Engine Brake, a new piece I’m devising along with co-performer Radhika Aggarwal and director Simon Day under the moniker of The Plasticene Men.

The show opens at the New Diorama Theatre, London, 8th – 12th May 2018.

Further dates; Salisbury Playhouse ( 17th-19th May), Plymouth Fringe Festival, Theatre Royal tbc. (28th May – 1st June) and The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol (6th – 9th June).

Graeme Rose's Blog: Listen …. Again!

After an early morning interview with presenter Alex Lester on the WM Breakfast Show, I appeared on Caroline Martin’s lunchtime show (BBC Radio WM, 3/4/2018) talking to her about the mysterious unsolved murder of Fred Jeffs and my community project with the Birmingham Rep Furnace programme.

The broadcast is available for ‘Listen Again’ until 29th April 2018. (Restrictions apply for International listeners)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0616hn4

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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Graeme Rose's Blog: Maundy Thursday

What is it about an unsolved crime that holds its grip on us? Perhaps it’s a need to complete the story?  Wherever I have been in the last month – whether talking to local history societies, visiting retirement homes or holding sessions in the libraries of Bleakhouse, Thimblemill or Quinborne, I am meeting people who find themselves entranced by the story of Fred Jeffs and the Sweetshop murder. Connections to the story itself are never far away… I have met and interviewed people who visited the shop, remember the CID house-to-house investigations or who remember the rumours that persisted in the wake of the murder. There are varying opinions as to where he was killed, what happened to Fred’s devoted poodle ‘Perro’, and who committed the attack, murder and disposal of the body.

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday, and it was on Maundy Thursday 1957 that Frederick Walter Jeffs met his fateful end. A team from BBC Midlands Today visited key locations and featured the project.

Click to view slideshow.

Here BBCmtd reporter Sarah Bishop (née Falkland) interviews Elizabeth Rose (Fred’s niece and my aunt) outside No.12 Stanley Road. Liz shared her memories of visiting the sweetshop as a young girl.

Current shop owner Andrew Bowen then talked about taking on the shop and discovering the dark history of the building.

Then the cameras relocated to the spinney off Park Lane, Handsworth – described by the press at the time as “a lovers’ Lane”. It was in this location that the grim discovery of Fred’s half-buried body was made on the afternoon of Good Friday.

Click to view slideshow.

Back at Smethwick Library, archivist Ian Gray helped uncover some local press coverage from the time. In the Oldbury ‘Weekly News’, the Jeffs investigation is competing for space with pictures of that week’s visit of the Queen to Warley / Smethwick. Meanwhile, in the wonderfully titled ‘Smethwick Telephone’, the local reporter gains a real scoop by interviewing the boy who discovered the body while ‘birds-nesting’ with his pals. The ‘Telephone’ names him as 15-year old Cyril Blakemore, of King St., Smethwick, sets up a photo of him pointing at the shallow grave, and then tells us that Cyril spent the evening at a local cinema. “I wasn’t in the least bit upset” he tells the reporter.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09x087z/midlands-today-evening-news-29032018

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Graeme Rose's Blog: Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

Last April, on the 60th anniversary of my great uncle Fred Jeffs’s untimely death, I marked the occasion by writing a blog post “Murder By Person Or Persons Unknown“. I’d visited the press archives at the Library of Birmingham, and sifting through pages of journalistic speculation about this remarkable case helped me renew my determination to respond to a family story which I’d first learned about in my early teens, but which had so many questions unresolved.  What ignites fascination and intrigue more than an unsolved murder…? An unsolved murder, perhaps, that occurred on your doorstep.

In November I responded to a call-out from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s ‘FURNACE‘ programme, which invited ideas for new Community Theatre projects. My suggestion was a research project inspired by the Fred Jeffs case involving the participation of local residents of the Quinton-Warley-Langley neighbourhoods, all adjacent to Fred’s old shop – ‘Jeffs confectionary & tobacconists’ – which stood at 12 Stanley Rd. (a shop now occupied by CBC bikes).

Jeffs Shop

I am pleased to say that the project idea was accepted by The REP, and in the past weeks I have been researching the story, and preparing for some sessions at the libraries of Bleakhouse, Thimblemill and Quinborne, (as well as William Lench’s Trust, Quinton) which will take place in the coming fortnight.

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I’d love to meet with people who remember Fred and his shop, or who came to know about the murder story through local folklore. I’m interested to know more about the man and the circumstances of his death, not just from the newspaper headlines, but from the time-honoured storytelling tradition that survives from hearsay, rumour and – in the absence of proven facts – speculation. It took me no time at all to realise that the memory of Fred and his murder still resonates in the consciousness of local people in Warley. So I have set myself the task of gathering a consensus of information by interviewing local people about what they know – and also what they don’t know, about the case.

If you would like to contribute, please do get in touch with me. Information boards have been put on display in Bleakhouse and Thimblemill Libraries, postcards about the project are being distributed, and you can visit and contribute to a Facebook page – Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder on which I’ll be posting regular updates.

If you live in the Warley area, know about the case, or even remember it, do let me know. Together we can build a picture of life in Quinton in the immediate post-war years, help create a creative response and – who knows – go a little bit further to solving the case!

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Who was Fred Jeffs?

Why would anyone want to murder him?

What happened on that fateful final night of Fred’s life; the short Good Friday – 18th/19th April 1957? And what does the evidence suggest?

Someone committed the crime, but why were they never traced?

How did the police investigation develop, and why did the trail eventually dry up?

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Get in touch with Graeme by e-mailing graerose@gmail.com or calling 07854 873277

Furnace is The Rep’s pioneering community engagement programme. It gives people the opportunity to make theatre with professional artists and create something new that celebrates them and their community. Find out more at www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/furnace

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/

Graeme Rose's Blog: Choked Up – reviews

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Rob, (Graeme Rose) doubled up with pain, pays a visit to his old University pal Stu (Matthew Wait), in Stu’s “grotesque mansion” somewhere in the North, “overlooking Norway”. Stu attempts to show Rob the door in Chris O’Connell’s latest play, CHOKE.  Photo by Andrew Moore.

Presented by Theatre Absolute in the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry. February 6th – 17th 2018.

Reviews:

Nick Le Measurer – Leamington Courier. Friday 9th Feb.

Steve Adams – Warwickshire What’s On. Weds 7th Feb.

Muddy Stilettos. Weds 7th Feb.

Steve Chilton – Elementary What’s On. Weds 7th Feb.

MidlandsImprov.com: AUDIENCE REVIEWS: RHYMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Rhymes Against Humanity Dance

Here’s what people have been saying about the musical group from Nottingham.

Weekend Notes

  • High on imagination, performance and delivery
  • So many characters, plot lines, songs and even dance routines
  • Expert in using the cliches of musical theatre to drive the story forward

https://www.weekendnotes.co.uk/birmingham-improv-festivas/

Behind The Arras

  • Stole the show
  • Hilarious action
  • Sensational

http://www.behindthearras.com/Reviewspr/2017/reviewPROOctDec2017/improv-festival-review-BO10-17.html

Twitter

  • A great performance
  • Belting show
  • Very good indeed
  • Tour de force
  • Absolutely fantastic

MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: FEBRUARY 2018

51 shows this month in BirminghamCoventryNottinghamLeicester & Northampton.

Spontaneous Sherlock

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BIRMINGHAM

FRI 2ND – THE VICTORIA

On Wings:  Do you like stand-up? Improv? Sketches?  Love Stories?  This has all four.

https://www.facebook.com/happenchancetheatre/

SAT 3RD/SUN 4TH – THE OLD JOINT STOCK

The MMORPG Show:  Improvised comedy plus tabletop gaming combines to create adventure and absurdity.

https://www.facebook.com/mmorpgshow/

WEDS 7TH – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Experimental theatre from musical group Baron Sternlook and Sheffield duo Between Us.

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

THURS 8TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  Show featuring the house team Bunkum Factory and special guest Mickey Sharma.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 15TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

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

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 – ORT CAFE

Yes And, Minister:  The general election comedy show, where the audience votes for policies and sees how they impact future Britain.  Part of “What A Nice Night”.

https://www.facebook.com/YesAndMinister/

THURS 22ND – PATRICK KAVANAGH

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

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

FRI 23RD – ROSIES

Jumprov:  Comedy, games, music & entertainment from the UK’s first diverse improv group.  Part of “That Friday Feeling”.  

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

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COVENTRY

FRI 9TH – 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 1ST/FRI 2ND – NOTTINGHAM NEW THEATRE

And Another Thing!:  What do you always wish you had told somebody? An entire one-act play created each night by the University Of Nottingham Improv Society.

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

SAT 3RD – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Consenting Partners:  The UK’s longest running two-person improvised show.

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

MON 5TH/TUES 6TH – NOTTINGHAM NEW THEATRE

Wishful Thinking:  Actors, writers & directors combine to supply a pantomime with no script.  All profits donated to CoppaFeel.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2060176970666766/

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

FRI 23RD – NATIONAL JUSTICE MUSEUM

Order!:  See performers put on trial for your misdeeds, with the audience deciding the punishment for the crime.  Part of Light Night.

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

THURS 8TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Rhymes Against Humanity:  See what happens when the audience pick the title of a brand new musical & it gets created immediately for them.

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

FRI 9TH – FIREBUG

The MMORPG Show: Every show is different.  Every choice has a consequence.  And every step of the fantasy adventure will involve a d20.

https://www.facebook.com/mmorpgshow/

SAT 10TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: Scenes, games, songs and one-liners, all made up on the spot.

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

SAT 10TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Darren Walsh: The UK Pun Champion & Joke Of The Fringe winner shares his off the cuff wordplay.

https://www.facebook.com/DarrenWalshPuns/

SAT 10TH – FIREBUG

Silent Comedy: A silent disco of humour.  Two stand ups perform simultaneously, and you choose who to listen to.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/silent-comedy/

SUN 11TH – SUE TOWNSEND THEATRE

Austentatious: The famous West End show comes to the Leicester Comedy Festival.  An improvised Jane Austen novel with a title suggested by the audience.

http://www.austentatiousimpro.com/shows/tour/

SUN 11TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Punel Show: A new panel game focussed on puns and general silliness.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/punel-show/

SUN 11TH – THE CRITERION

Russell Hicks: A stand up who will talk about whatever he wants, as fast as he can, for an hour.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/russell-hicks-psychobabble/

MON 12TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Tom Young’s Daft Conversation: An hour of comedy and chat with Rob Kemp, creator of the cult hit “The Elvis Dead”

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

TUES 13TH…THURS 22ND – VARIOUS

Nicholas Holt Does Improv At Every Venue: Humour and dancing combine in this tour of multiple venues of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

https://twitter.com/ellisonnicholas

THURS 15TH/FRI 16TH – LEICESTER CURVE

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: The truly amazing Olivier-Award winning show brings spontaneous singing to the Midlands once more.

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

THURS 15TH/FRI 16TH – MANHATTEN 34

Sidekick: Some people aren’t life’s heroes.  Comedy show is about the Dr Watsons and Barney Rubbles of life.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/ben-van-der-velde-sidekick/

FRI 16TH – BREWDOG

Happily Never After: Tim Burton style horror musical from The Maydays, Brighton’s best improv group.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/happily-never-after/

SAT 17TH – FIREBUG

Bitchelors: Anna Morris plays four different characters at the Woman Of The Year awards.  Who wins?  You decide.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/anna-morris-bitchelors/

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/

THURS 22ND – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Clones:  Two leading lights from Nottingham’s improv scene create an unforgettable show.

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

THURS 22ND/FRI 23RD – KNIGHT & GARTER

Improv Provocateur:  Four different performers compete every night playing improvised comedy games.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/improv-provocateur/

FRI 23RD/SAT 24TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Crime Scene Improvisation:  Following a five-star sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, see this rip-roaring crime comedy made up on the spot.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/csi-crime-scene-improvisation/

SAT 24TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Darren Walsh: The UK Pun Champion & Joke Of The Fringe winner returns with more interactive wordplay.

https://www.facebook.com/DarrenWalshPuns/

SAT 24TH – HANSOM HALL

Spontaneous Sherlock: Award winning show from Edinburgh, a Holmes mystery with live Victorian musical accompaniment.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/spontaneous-sherlock/

SUN 25TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Improv Smackdown: Eight of the country’s best improvisers go head to head to find the best performer.  Who will be crowned champion?

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

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NORTHAMPTON

SAT 24TH – 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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