GIG GUIDE: FEBRUARY 2017

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WEDS 1ST – CHERRY REDS

[B1 1BN]

Freewheelers: Free comedy improv showcase in Birmingham, open to local and visiting performers.   Special guests this month:  LoveHard.

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

WEDS 1ST – NOTTINGHAM NEW THEATRE

[NG7 2QH]

One Word Story Land: Sit back and relax as four versatile actors take to the stage and perform an entirely improvised hour-long play for your viewing pleasure.

https://www.facebook.com/thenottinghamnewtheatre

SAT 4TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

[NG1 5AF]

Rhymes Against Humanity: The East Midlands’ only improvised musical company interview an audience member ato inform a fully improvised 45-minute piece of musical theatre.

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

SAT 4TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

[LE1 5JN]

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

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

WEDS 8TH – THE PATRICK KAVANAGH

[B13 8BX]

Fat Penguin:  Free improvised comedy show in Birmingham with support by a headline act from one of the UK’s top improv troupes.  Headlining this month: C3?

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy/

THURS 9TH – THE MALT CROSS

[NG1 6FG]

Gorilla Burger:  Regular Nottingham show where everyone is welcome to take part, simply by putting your name in a hat. 

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

THURS 9TH – THE PHOENIX

[LE1 1TG]

Commentary:  Comedians, actors and poets interact with films and animations on screen. With some parts scripted and some parts improvised, it’s all about re-scripting, re-scoring and re-inventing cinema.

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

THURS 9TH/FRI 10TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

[LE1 5JN]

Chris Betts Vs The Audience: Bring your opinions, your facts, your life experiences and no matter what you say Chris will argue (hilariously I might add) the opposite.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/chris-betts-vs-the-audience/

FRI 10TH – DMU ART GALLERY

[LE1 9DH]

Nicholas Holt:  Improvisations from dance artist Lewys Holt and comedian/writer Daniel Nicholas. Together and apart, they’ll be writing, choreographing and performing simultaneously on stage. Sometimes funny. Sometimes not. 

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/improv-with-nicholas-holt-in-a-art-gallery/

FRI 10TH – FIREBUG

[LE1 5JN]

Abandoman:  The year is 1993. After destroying rural Ireland’s talent show circuit, hip-hop improvisers Abandoman are teetering on the edge of international fame. This is their access-all-areas story.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/abandoman-life-plus-rhymes/

FRI 10TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE HOUSE

[CV1 1JD]

Wow impro:  Free comedy night from Coventry-based improv troupe.

https://www.facebook.com/wowimprocomedy/

SAT 11TH – THE Y

[LE1 6EY]

The Noise Next Door:  Eight time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival bring their Uproar Tour to Leicester.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

SAT 11TH – THE SOUNDHOUSE

[LE1 1SJ]

Unidentified Flying Improv:  Come and marvel at the verbal dexterity, the musical annihilation and the comic agility as UFI improvise their way out of a fun-packed paper bag.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/ufi-unstoppable-poppable/

SAT 11TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

[B15 2TU]

Improvabunga:  A musical romance special.  This is going to be Titanic, so bring your Notebook because the moments can be Gone With the Wind.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisUoB

SUN 12TH – REGENT SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB

[LE1 7DA]

The Same Faces:  Special show as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival, creating scenes just like Whose Line is it Anyway?  

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

MON 13TH – FIREBUG

[LE1 5JN]

D.A.N.C.E.: Comedians will perform their routines, whilst dancers, react and improvise their interpretation on stage with them. And then they swap.  An exciting way to see different artforms working together.

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

WEDS 15TH – THE VICTORIA 

[B1 1BN]

The Kneejerks:  Free improvised comedy and theatre from Birmingham’s newest group.  

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

WEDS 15TH – MANHATTEN 34

[LE1 1RD]

Nicholas Holt:  Improvisations from dance artist Lewys Holt and comedian/writer Daniel Nicholas. Together and apart, they’ll be writing, choreographing and performing simultaneously on stage. Sometimes funny. Sometimes not. 

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/improv-with-nicholas-holt-in-a-bar/

WEDS 15TH – UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

[NG7 2RD]

Valentines Comedy Show: Join the UoN Improv Society for quick-witted improvisers playing quick-fire games quickly.  And as a Valentines Day treat, they’ll be rounding off the show with a love-themed musical surprise.

https://www.facebook.com/UoNImprov

THURS 16TH – ISLAND BAR 

[B1 1LT]

Hilarity Ensues:  Monthly show in central Birmingham featuring stand up, sketch and improvised comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/ensueshilarity/

FRI 17TH – FIREBUG

[LE1 5JN]

Conversation Dungeon:  With live musical accompaniment, enter the nerdy realm of goblins, ghouls, and dragons for a raucous and unpredictable night of fabrication, improvisation, and conversation.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/conversation-dungeon/

FRI 17TH – FIREBUG

[LE1 5JN]

The Dark Room:  You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience must choose an option – Will you A) Find the Light Switch. B) Cry for Help C) Go North? YOU can come and play the world’s only live action text based adventure game!

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/john-robertsons-the-dark-room/

SAT 18TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 

[B18 6AD]

Dummy: Two world-class USA improvisers come to Birmingham. Winner of the iO Theater in Chicago “Best Improv Show” in 2013 and 2014.

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

SAT 18TH – THE LITTLE THEATRE 

[LE1 6PW]

Knightmare Live:  Every show is different, every room holds a new challenge, and YOU have the chance to wear the iconic helmet of justice and play the dungeon.

http://www.knightmarelive.com/

SAT 18TH/SUN 19TH – PETER PIZZERIA

[LE1 6ZH]

Scriptless In Seattle:  An improvised romcom, created entirely from audience suggestion, we tell a brand new love story with hilarity guaranteed. The most enduring of film genres hits the stage. 

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/scriptless-in-seattle/

SAT 18TH/SUN 19TH – PETER PIZZERIA

[LE1 6ZH]

Crime Scene Improv:  Following sell-out runs at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals, a 100% brand new whodunnit every show which solves an outlandish murder invented by the audience.

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

SUN 19TH – LEICESTER GUILDHALL

[LE1 5FQ]

Lindsey & Ian’s Incredible Improv Adventure:  Children’s show where you can dress up, sing-along, suggest ideas for a fantastic new story and play with award-winning comedians.  Two shows on the same day allows double the fun.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/lindsey-and-ians-incredible-improv-adventure/

SUN 19TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

[LE1 5JN]

From The Heart:  70% improvisation, 30% stories about illicit drug use, and Christian Scientists. All heart, pouring out of the head of Russell Hicks.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/russell-hicks-from-the-heart/

SUN 19TH – REGENT SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB

[LE1 7DA]

Improv Smackdown:  8 of the country’s best improvisers go head-to-head, in order to be declared the country’s Smackdown Champion of 2017.

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

SUN 19TH – WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

[CV4 7AL]

The Improv Musical:  After three successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Improv Musical is back in town.  You, the audience, have your say on the characters, the setting, the first song and the title…leave the rest to them.

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

MON 20TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 

[B18 6AD]

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

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

FRI 24TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

[LE1 5JN]

Comedian’s Cinema Club:  These movies are brash, hilarious and nothing like the originals. One of the best audience participation comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 according to the Guardian. 

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/comedians-cinema-club-split-screen/

FRI 24TH – NO. 6 ON BROAD STREET

[B1 2HF]

The Noise Next Door:  Another night of madcap laughs.  Part of a wider night of comedy at the Comedy Loft.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

SAT 25TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

[NN1 4AE]

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

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

SUN 26TH – ROYAL SPA CENTRE

[CV32 4HN]

The Noise Next Door:  Two chances to see the sell out comedy group in Leamington Spa, with the family friendly Really Really Good Afternoon Show followed by the no-holes-barred Uproar show.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

SUN 26TH – REGENT SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB

[LE1 7DA]

The Same Faces:  A second show as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival, with the usual team joined by two guest performers.  

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

SUN 26TH – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

[B12 9QH]

The Laughing Sole:  A comedy club is specifically for children and their families, bringing together some of the best acts on the circuit performing family friendly jokes.  Special guests this month: Foghorn Unscripted.

https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-laughing-sole

Know about a show that I’ve missed?  Get in touch and let me know.

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov

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