GIG GUIDE: OCTOBER 2021

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

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BIRMINGHAM

SUN 3RD – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs:  Birmingham’s premiere improv group bring you a night of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense.  Hilarious songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment. Part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

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

SUN 10TH – THE VICTORIA

Board Game Smackdown:  The cult Edinburgh Fringe hit returns! Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook, join our panel of funny folk as they play stupid games in an attempt to be crowned Board Game Smackdown champion. Part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

http://www.bhamcomfest.co.uk/halfdayer2021.htm

SAT 16TH – BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Jumprov:  Looking for something new and exciting to do in Birmingham?! Well, grab a ticket and join Jumprov, who identify as the UK’s first Black and Brown Improv group for a night of fun featuring live sketch comedy which is completely made up on the spot using suggestions from you, the audience.

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

WEDS 27TH – THE PRINCE OF WALES

Birmingham Improv Comedy Jam:  Come and play your favourite improv games, take part in improvised scenes, sketches and songs, or just sit back and watch the fun. Suitable for all levels of experience, including complete beginners. Hosted by resident guests, Box of Frogs, with a different improv group invited to entertain in the first half.

https://www.facebook.com/BhamImprov/

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NOTTINGHAM 

FRI 1ST – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

It’s A Trap – The Improvised Star Wars Show: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…It’s A Trap explores untold stories of the Star Wars universe. A handful of audience suggestions creates a unique episode before your eyes – complementing and breaking the canon in unexpected and ingenious ways! Truly geeky, hilarious entertainment – this IS the show you’re looking for.

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

SAT 2ND – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Improv Nonsense:  MissImp proudly presents a showcase of spur of the moment comedy and theatre. Each performance of Improv Nonsense showcases different local and national stars of Improvised Theatre. You might see a series of duologues, a panoply of theatre games or just about anything else under the sun. One thing is certain. It’s all unscripted and guaranteed to be a one night only production.

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

THURS 14TH – BROADWAY CINEMA

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star. Hugely supportive and tons of fun this is a delightful way for you to experience improvised comedy. At Gorilla Burger you can get up on stage whether you’ve played before or not.

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

WEDS 20TH – THE PLAYWRIGHT

Smash Night:  Give your laughter muscles a work out with three great acts from Nottingham and beyond performing hilarious scenes and games for your amusement. Based on YOUR suggestions these funny performers will spontaneously create never to be seen again comedy sketches you won’t want to miss.

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

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LEICESTER

FRI 1ST – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

MATES – The Improvised 90s Sitcom:  The one where it’s improvised! Travel back in time for the ultimate ‘90s sitcom. Inspired by you, improvised by us, could this show BE any funnier?

https://www.facebook.com/matesimprov

SAT 2ND – INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

Same Faces:  Leicester’s best are delighted to be bringing you their unique blend of sketches, songs and one-liners once again. Expect brilliant comedy sketches live on stage, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.

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

WEDS 27TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Improv Upstairs:  A monthly showcase featuring guest sets from established improv troupes as well as a changing roster of local players. The Improv Upstairs Jam at the end of the night will pick people to take part at random – including audience members should you choose to put yourself forward.

https://www.facebook.com/UpstairsWestern

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

TUES 5TH – ROYAL SPA CENTRE, LEAMINGTON SPA

Spontaneous Potter: An entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment! Part of the Leamington Spa Comedy Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

WEDS 6TH/13TH/20TH/27TH – ONLINE

Board Game Smackdown: Birmingham comedian and UK board game champion James Cook makes his funny friends play board games on YouTube and Facebook.

http://www.boardgamesmackdown.com/

WEDS 6TH – THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

The Noise Next Door: The quickest wits in comedy are charging into their sixth national tour with a spectacular new show that will trample your expectations. Join comedy’s unstoppable force for an evening like no other… Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Finely tuned anarchy!

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

FRI 8TH – THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

Austentatious: Performed in Regency costume with live musical accompaniment, discover a tale that Jane Austen never quite managed to tell. Join the all-star cast as they create a riotously funny new literary masterpiece, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

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

FRI 8TH – ROYAL SPA CENTRE, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Noise Next Door: The charismatic quartet have always astonished with their ability to spin audience suggestions into comedy gold, but for this show they’re putting you, the audience, in charge in brilliant and bombastic new ways. Part of the Leamington Spa Comedy Festival.

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

TUES 12TH – WARWICK UNIVERSITY, COVENTRY

The Improv Musical: An evening of improvised musical mayhem and hilarity where the cast and crew are all Warwick University students. Following multiple successful runs at Edinburgh Fringe and a year with online rehearsals and recorded performances, this is an in-person show during which YOU will be the one to choose the characters, the location and some of the twists and turns of the story!

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

WEDS 13TH – THE PLACE THEATRE, TELFORD

Ross Noble:  What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it.

https://www.rossnoble.com/

MON 18TH/TUES 19TH – THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

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

https://www.rossnoble.com/

SUN 24TH/31ST – ONLINE

Larklord: Weekly comedy show from Nottingham with a splendid selection of stand-up comedians, improvisers and actors performing a series of ridiculous tasks to impress the Larklord. Who will win?

https://www.facebook.com/LarklordShow/

MON 25TH – THE BAND FACTORY, LEAMINGTON SPA

LeamProv: Come join in the fun with the Midlands newest group for their monthly improv jam, where the audience is invited to join the cast members on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

THURS 28TH – ROYAL SPA CENTRE, LEAMINGTON SPA

Ross Noble:  A third visit to the Midlands from the uncontrollable comedian whose stand-up routine is a largely improvised and surreal performance with a stream of consciousness delivery.

https://www.rossnoble.com/

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

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov

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