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18 different impro shows in one week make this the UK’s biggest festival of improvisation ever!!!!!
Tickets £10 (Full)/£6 (Conc)
08444 771 000
The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
42-44 Gaisford Street
Monday 25th February 2013 – 7.30pm – ImproFestUK – The Opening Ceremony!
Its the first show of Impro Fest 2013 so we have special opening event featuring a mix of performers from shows across the festival as well as some bonus preview improvisations. Guests include member of The Improsarios, Sprout, Music Box, Upstairs Downton and more. Expect some surprises and plenty of fun! This show is approx 1 hour 50 with an interval.
Tuesday 26th February 2013 - 7.30pm – The Rubiks
Nine performers (six women and three men) mean the comedy will be coming fast and furious through games and scenes ending in a tangled narrative web! This accomplished band of actors have more bite than an angry ferret. Come and see these new kids on the block create uniquely weird and wonderful characters every single show!
Tuesday 26th February 2013 - 9pm –Sketchy Behaviour
Music and monologues add something different to the inspired scenes and games from this new impro group composed of actors singers, dancers and musicians from West London. Let your suggestions create an Oscar winning speech, hilarious sketch, pop song, or tear-jerking ballad.
Wednesday 27th February 2013 – 7.30pm - Do Not Adjust Your Stage
Do Not Adjust Your Stage is an improvised comedy troupe based in London. We create fun, fast-paced, story-based improvised comedy shows, often inspired by television.
Do Not Adjust Your Stage have been performing together for two years, with shows regularly across London, at two successive Edinburgh Fringes, and at comedy festivals in Manchester and Sheffield. We are delighted to be performing again at ImproFestUK.
Find out more about us @dnayscomedy or www.facebook.com/dnayscomedy
Wednesday 27th February 2013 – 9pm - Templeton
Three guys and three girls form this streetwise impro group who are never lost for words! With an emphasis on character based comedy Templeton know no fear!
Games & scenes and music & dance are all based on audience suggestions – come and inspire the next wave of creativity!
Thursday 28th February 2013 - 7.30pm - Luke & Michael
Stories are made of humans. Luke & Michael are two humans that make stories. They never know what characters are going to be summoned up before they start. They never know what world they are about to step into. They know only that each journey they embark on will be different and can never be repeated. Join them.
Thursday 28th February 2013 - 9pm - non de script
Working without a script, and making everything up on the spot, non de script aim to provide you with an evening of laughter and fun. This is done through a mixture of physical comedy, word-play, and audience participation where you, as the audience, become one of the stars of the show. We employ a range of familiar games (from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and other improv shows), to games that are original to non de script! We don't know what will happen, but we do know you will have an unforgettable evening!!
Friday 1st March 2013 - 7.30pm – Ludus Ludius : “Cagematch”
Ludus Ludius (Cardiff, Wales) vs Duty Free (Dublin, Ireland).
Cagematch! It's riotously dangerous improv comedy when two mighty teams of warriors take to the stage to prove who is better! A no-holds-barred competition. Anything is possible. Each with their 20 minutes to dazzle and flex their muscles. The audience votes on the winner via secret ballot. The winner stays on and firmly grips their position as Cagematch Champions until a Herculean squad of funnies takes umbrage. Valiant in their humour and wit, the champions will reign King or Queen for their audience.
“Endless chuckles from friendly people. . .” (Culture Bucket)
Friday 1st March 2013 - 9pm - Foghorn Improv : “Movie Makeover”
Got a favourite movie? Come see Foghorn Improv shamelessly plagiarise the plot – we’ll improv recycle your favourite film scenes creating tall tales to order. Want Thelma and Louise in an old people’s home? Star Wars in a local council office? You, the audience are the producers and talent scouts and we, Foghorn Improv and our merry band of improvisers, the poor actors in this show of improvised movie mayhem.
Saturday 2nd March 2013 - 2pm - “ProjectTwo”
"We are not made of history, we are made by history" - Martian Luther Kang, 2088AD
Since 2017AD the ProjectTwo facility has been in orbit around Solaris, gathering data about every sentient life through voluntary information on social networking websites. Three thousand years later the ProjectTwo technicians have access to these archives and replay them to visitors. Welcome space-traveller. Which archive do you wish to view?
Improvised science-fiction which may or may not contain robots*, featuring Paul Foxcroft (Austentatious), Chris Mead (The Oodcast), Katy Schutte (The Maydays) and Jonathan Monkhouse (London Improv).
*WARNING: Probably contains robots.
Saturday 2nd March 2013 - 4pm - Sprout – “Premiere The Improvised Play!”
Have your ideas turned into a full-length play by the skilled improvisers of Sprout. 3 different openings to three different plays are created based on audience suggestions – these are then whittled down to one that the audience vote to see completed. And every night is a premiere - because every night it’s a totally new play. Come along - it could be your play!
The Sprout line-up includes Dave Bourn, Jon Cohen, Andy “Bo-bo” Fisher, and guests. Sell out shows in Edinburgh 2000 and 2004.
“Give Them Their Own TV Show” Metro
Saturday 2nd March 2013 - 6pm – Music Box: Music Box, The Improvised Comedy Musical
Music Box improvise a different one act comedy musical every show. Songs and lyrics are plucked from thin air. Stories and characters emerge from nothing. All you would want from a comedy show, combined with all you would want from a musical, made up on the spot. Join Music Box on an epic musical adventure where nothing is impossible.
Saturday 2nd March 2013 - 7.30pm - The Highly Irregulars present Upstairs Downton: The Improvised Episode
Created entirely from audience suggestions, Upstairs Downton: The Improvised Episode recovers a lost outing of everyone's favourite costume drama. As delightfully inventive as it is horribly unpredictable, it features the upstairs and downstairs characters of your dreams in full period attire. Just like on the telly. Only made up.
Saturday 2nd March 2013 - 9pm - The Improsarios : The Trilogy
Three short plays. In one hour. All from your suggestions. This skilled group of actors create an evening of engaging and entertaining drama tailored for you, by you. A truly one-off night not to be missed.
The Improsarios are an original and daring theatre company who have performed at numerous venues across the UK including the Lyric Hammersmith, The Old Vic Tunnels, Exeter Phoenix, Tristan Bates Theatre and Theatre 503.
“They did the damn near impossible: build a story of length that works …genuinely touching with great performances.” Harry Giles, Theatre Director
Sunday 3rd March 2013 – 2pm – It's a Comedy! – Sketch show
If you want to try something actually scripted at ImproFest – here is a show from one of our favourite comedy groups!
After a successful opening ceremony, It's a Comedy! are back with their face meltingly good sketch show. Bigger, longer, and something your mum would hate, they explore everything from the joys of super powers to horrific parenting. That favourite meal you like? It's way better than that. It's a warning shot, a statement of intent, the next step to world domination. And whatever the hell you do, DO NOT feed the Cat-baby.
Sunday 3rd March 2013 - 4pm – Call Of Improv
These soldiers of the future fight with nothing but creativity, spontaneity and charm. Come and join them on a journey through the landscape of improvised games and scenes.
Drilled and unrehearsed to perfection! Who can stand against the “Call of Improv”?
Sunday 3rd March 2013 - 6pm – Neil Curran: “Neil+1”
“Neil +1” is a unique improv show starring Neil Curran and a random audience member! Completely unplanned and improvised, an audience member is invited up on stage and becomes part of the show!
Neil has performed and taught improvisation for many years, having performed with Laughalot Improv; The Make-Up Artists; JC & The Apostles Of Improv and recently, Duty Free. (Who are also performing at Impro Fest UK.)
Festival performances include Body & Soul Festival and TedFest.
Neil has guest performed with Spontaneous Theatre People and Choke Comedy Improv. Neil is one half of Chicken & Fox Productions.
Sunday 3rd March 2013 – 7.30pm – The Maydays: “Guest Who”
A handful of award-winning improvisers, an ingenious musician, one special guest star.
Following in the footsteps of one of the longest running improv show styles world-wide, the Maydays bring us their take on the Armando.
Our guest star tells us some true stories and we weave them into smart, silly improvisation. A rare outing for a classic format from “Britain’s vanguard of longform improvisation” (Jason Chin, iO).
"Genius" **** Chortle,
"Hilariously funny" ***** Three Weeks,
"One that I'll see again" **** Fringe Review
Sunday 3rd March 2013 - 9pm – Racing Minds: “Aaaand Now For Something Completely Wireless”
No wires – no script! Four dashing comic talents join the twinkly fingers of a virtuoso musician (and an improvising foley man) to conjure, from nothing, a 50’s-style comic radio-play! Old-fashioned microphones, sharp suits, greased hair... all the hallmarks of classic radio adventures with one unique twist: this time the audience is in charge. The radio just went live.
No.1 Improv Pick of the Fringe (WhatsOnStage.com, 2011)
“Genuinely reach the heights of early Python” ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks)
“Racing Minds are stars in the making” ★★★★★ (FestivalJournal)