GIG GUIDE: NOVEMBER 2018

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

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BIRMINGHAM

THURS 1ST – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Baron Sternlook / Improvised Star Wars:  Double show featuring a brand new musical and a tribute to a galaxy far, far away.

https://www.facebook.com/BhamImprovFest/

THURS 1ST/FRI 2ND/SAT 3RD – THE GLEE CLUB

The Noise Next Door:  Edinburgh Fringe favourites bring their madcap show full of gags to Birmingham’s top comedy venue. 

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

FRI 2ND – A E HARRIS

A Roaring 20s Murder:  Was it the butler or the lady of the manor?  Another chance to see Foghorn Unscripted following their sell out run at Winterbourne House and Gardens.

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

FRI 2ND – BIRMINGHAM REP

Austentatious:  Performed in Regency costume with live musical accompaniment, discover a tale that Jane Austen never quite managed to tell.

https://www.facebook.com/austenimpro/

SAT 3RD – BIRMINGHAM REP

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical:  Two chances to see the Olivier-Award winners from the West End, with a matinee show for kids and an evening show for adults.

https://www.facebook.com/theshowstoppers/

SAT 3RD – A E HARRIS

A Groovy 70s Murder:  Thatcher, flares and lava lamps.  Foghorn Unscripted host another murder mystery where the audience identify whodunnit.

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

MON 5TH – LOKI WINE

Foundation Group Student Showcase:  Graduates of Fat Penguin Improv school perform their first ever show.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 8TH – 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

SUN 11TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs:  The sell out stars return for another show full of Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway games. 

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

SUN 11TH – ALEXANDRA THEATRE

Ross Noble – El Hablador:  Another date on the nationwide tour from the stand up who masterfully blends prepared material and improvisation in every performance.

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

WEDS 14TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga Xmas Special:  A mash-up of two movie genres by the students of Birmingham University featuring four buzzers that let you control the show.

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

THURS 15TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Another unique performance using true life stories to create comedy.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 15TH – BIRMINGHAM REP

Queer And Now:  A showcase including some unscripted moments.  “Something Ace” unites script and improv, theory and lived experience.  “Cosmic Cocktail” is part interactive audience spiritual seance.

https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/rep-foundry-festival-queer-and-now.html

THURS 15TH – THE CORE

Box Of Frogs:  The city’s premier improv group take their off-the-cuff comedy show to Solihull. 

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

SAT 17TH – JUST THE TONIC

The Noise Next Door:  Edinburgh Fringe favourites return with their unique blend of quick-fire comedy.

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

SAT 17TH – BIRMINGHAM REP

Jumprov:  The UK’s first diverse improv troupe take to the stage to entertain and delight.  Part of the Foundry Festival. 

https://jumprov.com/

MON 19TH – 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/

THURS 22ND – 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 27TH – THE VICTORIA

Baron Sternlook’s Improvised Musical:  See scenes, songs and an entire musical created from scratch based on your suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/baronsternlookimprov/

THURS 29TH – ORT CAFE

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

https://www.facebook.com/NiceNightComedy

THURS 29TH – 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

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NOTTINGHAM

FRI 2ND – THE LACEHOUSE

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/

FRI 2ND – THE LACEHOUSE

Beings:  Surreal, funny and occasionally beautiful stories, all underscored with otherworldly, electronic music by Dylan Buckle on Maschine. .  

https://www.facebook.com/beingsimprov

SAT 3RD – THE LACEHOUSE

The Clones:  With no script, no staging, and only a pair of chairs for a set, they spin a simple audience suggestion into a hilarious, spontaneous show.   

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

THURS 8TH – THE LACEHOUSE

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.   Just put your name in the hat for a chance to perform.

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

FRI 9TH – THE LACEHOUSE

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/

FRI 9TH – THE LACEHOUSE

Four Far Away: Adventure and intrigue, mystery and magic await as we spend an hour exploring an original sci-fi or fantasy landscape made up entirely on the spot.

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

SAT 10TH – THE LACEHOUSE

The Dreaming:  Organic improv with the conceit of performance art, which is probably tongue-in-cheek but we’re not sure.

https://www.facebook.com/dreamingimprov

SAT 10TH – THE LACEHOUSE

The Vortex:  The first all female improv comedy team in the Midlands create another full length show from thin air.

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

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LEICESTER

SAT 3RD – 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 14TH – 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/

THURS 15TH – DE MONTFORT HALL

Ross Noble – El Hablador: Full length stand up show which changes every night from one of the biggest names on the comedy circuit

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

FRI 16TH – BREWDOG LEICESTER

Different Voices: A showcase of improv talent from across the country.  This month’s guests are musical group Rhymes Against Humanity.

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

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COVENTRY

FRI 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Full Of Beans:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games by Coventry Improv.

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

THURS 22ND – BELGRADE THEATRE

Jumprov:  The UK’s first diverse improv company bring the party to you.  Part of Monologue Slam.

https://jumprov.com/

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NORTHAMPTON

FRI 23RD – POMFRET ARMS

The Same Faces: More instant humour from this long-established comedy group.

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

WARWICK

FRI 23RD – BRIDGE HOUSE THEATRE

The Noise Next Door:  A full length show by the comedy club regulars, part of a nationwide tour.

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

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

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