GIG GUIDE: OCTOBER 2018

57 shows this month across the Midlands, covering BirminghamNottinghamLeicester & more.

Spontaneous Potter

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BIRMINGHAM

SAT 6TH – 1000 TRADES

A Quest For Points:  Unscripted panel show featuring the finest Midlands talent.  

https://www.facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

WEDS 10TH – UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Improvabunga:  Two movie genres are mashed together, with the audience using buzzers to control the action.  

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

THURS 11TH – 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

SAT 13TH – 1000 TRADES

A Quest For Points:  Expect hilarity, questions, challenges, games, a swear jar and a whole lot more from The Kamikaze Club panel show.  

https://www.facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

SUN 14TH – THE VICTORIA

Fat Penguin Improv:  This show takes a very intimate look at the lives of our performers, then ruthlessly explores the comic premises from within those stories.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SUN 14TH – THE VICTORIA

Board Game Smackdown:  Comedians play tabletop games live on stage. Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board gaming champion James Cook. 

http://www.bhamcomfest.co.uk/halfdayer2.htm

MON 15TH – 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 17TH – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes ranging from touching to hilarious.

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

WEDS 17TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Abandoman: Ireland’s finest hip-hop musical comedian is back on tour with his biggest show to date.

https://www.facebook.com/ABANDOMAN/

THURS 18TH – 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

TUES 23RD – SAT 27TH – BIRMINGHAM REP

Still No Idea:  Part improv, part verbatim theatre, part comedy sketch show, this is a raucous and mischievous exposé of good intentions gone bad.

https://www.facebook.com/events/918627341676079/

THURS 25TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  Some of the best improvisers in Birmingham take to the stage to deliver high energy, high concept comedy. 

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 25TH – ORT CAFE

What A Nice Night:  Featuring comedy of all kinds, including stand up and sketches plus improv by Squidheart. 

https://www.facebook.com/NiceNightComedy

FRI 26TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Jumprov:  The UK’s First Ethnically Diverse Improvisational Theatre Company, made up of all Birmingham based performers, opens the Birmingham Improv Festival.

https://jumprov.com/

FRI 26TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Pilot Season:  You are the TV executives about to watch the first screening of a pilot episode of a new series.  No Pause, Rewind or Record: there is only Play.

https://www.facebook.com/closereachday

FRI 26TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

The Concept:  For one night only musicians, singers, visual artists and audience will unite to create a concept album that has never been heard before and will never be heard again.

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/concept-album/

SAT 27TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs:  Fresh from sell-out performances at Birmingham’s Glee Club, Box of Frogs perform high-octane games, scenes and songs based entirely on your suggestions! 

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

SAT 27TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Neil + 1:  A unique show starring Neil Curran and a random audience member who has never taken to the stage before.

https://www.facebook.com/neilplus1

SAT 27TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Criminal:  Join a lineup of wonderful comedy talents as they solve a murder in front of your eyes.

https://www.facebook.com/criminalimprovcomedy/

SAT 27TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Spontaneous Potter:  An entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fan fiction title.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers/

SAT 27TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

North Coast:  With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert.

https://www.facebook.com/Northcoastnyc/

SUN 28TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity Show:  An ensemble improvised gig raising funds to support the amazing work done by Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/charity-gala/

SUN 28TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Castles In The Air:  Set out on a voyage of discovery inspired by anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbour Totoro and Oscar-winning Spirited Away.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/castles-in-the-air/

SUN 28TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Bumper Blyton:  The picnic hamper’s packed full of parody, ready for a riotous improvised spoof in the style of Enid Blyton.

https://www.facebook.com/BumperBlyton/

SUN 28TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Impromptu Shakespeare:  Bursting with comedy, love, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between, this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike.

https://www.facebook.com/impromptushakes/

MON 29TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Fat Penguin / Watch This / Beings:  Two local groups perform quickfire comedy before the surreal, funny and occasionally beautiful stories from the headline act.

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/beings/

TUES 30TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

The Kneejerks / Off Broad Street / Love Hard:  Comedy and music from two local groups followed by an hour from the Leicester Square Sketch Off finalists 2017.

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/lovehard/

WEDS 31ST – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Foghorn Unscripted / The Society Of Strange:  Tales of the weird, macabre and uncanny. Improv isn’t just comedy – prepare to be spooked!

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/society-of-strange/

WEDS 31ST – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga – Halloween Special:  Student group Watch This add a creepy twist to their movie mash-up show.

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/society-of-strange/

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NOTTINGHAM

THURS 18TH – THE MALT CROSS

Celebration Jam:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  A special 20th anniversary event including the original line up from MissImp’s very first show.

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

FRI 19TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

The Vortex:  The Midlands’ first all-female improv troupe do a special show for the MissImp’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

https://www.facebook.com/thevorteximprov/

FRI 19TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

The Vox Pops:  This show takes true life stories, tears them apart and puts them back together in weird and silly shapes.

https://www.facebook.com/thevoxpops/

SAT 20TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Rhymes Against Humanity:  Don’t miss this brand new piece of musical theatre from the team that repeatedly sell-out whenever they perform.

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov/

SAT 20TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Smash Night: Special anniversary edition of the comedy night featuring a range of different performers.

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

WEDS 31ST – 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 6TH – 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/

WEDS 10TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Uncle Armando: A single word inspires a headline comedian to tell us something about their life, which in turn becomes the basis for comedy scenes from the improv players. 

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

FRI 19TH – BREWDOG LEICESTER

Different Voices: Launch night for a new show showcasing improv talent from across the country.  This month’s guests are Stealing The Show, who create a heist movie from thin air.

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

SAT 20TH – THE Y THEATRE

Austentatious: Two performances of the Regency period show showcasing the lost works of Jane Austen, based on book titles suggested by the audience.

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

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COVENTRY

THURS 11TH – WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

The Improv Musical:  Be part of the audience and choose the setting, characters and title, for a brand new musical, then sit back and enjoy the show.

https://www.facebook.com/theimprovmusical

FRI 12TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

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

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

THURS 25TH / FRI 26TH / SAT 27TH– WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

Ross Noble – El Hablador: Three more dates from the national tour by the master of improvised stand up comedy.

https://rossnoble.com/#/shows?tour=el-hablador-uk

FRI 26TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  Special Halloween edition of improvised sketches and games.

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

WEDS 31ST – WARWICK UNIVERSITY

Scared Witless: Spooky Halloween sketches and games from Warwick Improv Theatre Society.

https://www.facebook.com/WarwickImprovTheatre/

WOLVERHAMPTON

THURS 4TH – ARENA THEATRE

The Improlectuals:  An improv “super-group” made up of some of the finest improvisers from around the Midlands creating completely new comedy sketches on the spot.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals/

STAFFORD

SUN 7TH – STAFFORD GATEHOUSE THEATRE

Ross Noble – El Hablador: The tour continues a mixture of prepared material and improv meaning each show is unique.

https://rossnoble.com/#/shows?tour=el-hablador-uk

THURS 25TH – STAFFORD GATEHOUSE THEATRE

Austentatious: See the UK’s top performers in this Regency era show featuring the lost works of Jane Austen, based on a book title suggested by the audience.

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

BUXTON

WEDS 10TH – BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Ross Noble – El Hablador: Can you spot which parts of the stand-up show are original each night?

https://rossnoble.com/#/shows?tour=el-hablador-uk

NUNEATON

THURS 20TH – ABBEY THEATRE

The Improlectuals:  An improv “super-group” with nothing pre-scripted, so every show is a world premiere.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals/

NORTHAMPTON

THURS 18TH – ROYAL & DERNGATE

Ross Noble – El Hablador: The national tour by one of Britain’s top comedians continues, with each show a mixture of improv and scripted material.

https://rossnoble.com/#/shows?tour=el-hablador-uk

THURS 25TH – ROYAL & DERNGATE

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical:  Two performances by the Olivier Award winners as they perform both their Kids show and full-blown West End musical.  

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

DERBY

SUN 28TH – DERBY THEATRE

Ross Noble – El Hablador: Another date on the national tour, combining traditional stand-up with Ross’s unique improvisational approach.

https://rossnoble.com/#/shows?tour=el-hablador-uk

 

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Have I missed a show?  Get in touch and let me know.

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