GIG GUIDE: JANUARY 2022

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

Special mention for Dead British, Union JACK Radio’s brand new comedy show where improvisers play a character from British history. Recorded in Nottingham, this airs Thurs 6 January onwards.

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 5TH – 1000 TRADES [CANCELLED]

Maestro:  The exciting elimination improv game where anything can happen. Twelve intrepid improvisers face a series of scenes and challenges, for a night filled with love and laughter. The scenes are scored by you, the audience, until only one player remains…the Maestro.Come along and enjoy the ride, cheer for your favourite improviser, and see who will take the winning crown!

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

WEDS 12TH – 1000 TRADES [CANCELLED]

Box Of Frogs: Birmingham’s premiere Improv Group bring you a night of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense based entirely on your suggestions. Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro

MON 17TH – GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Potter: Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to this very magical improv show. An entirely new Harry Potter adventure is magically created on the spot – with live musical accompaniment.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

WEDS 26TH – 1000 TRADES

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 

MON 3RD – BUNKERS HILL

The Cat’s Pyjamas:  Audience members can sit back and enjoy a free comedy show or take the plunge to join the performers on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/improvnottingham/

THURS 13TH – MALT CROSS

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

FRI 14TH – NONSUCH STUDIO

Rhymes Against Humanity:  The highly acclaimed, award nominated, improvised musical. It’s a non-stop joyride of musical hilarity that’s all being created in the moment. The show starts with the title of a brand-new musical being picked from a hat full of audience suggestions. Then, from the opening number through to the very last note of the finale, everything is being created on the spot. This is improvised comedy at its most thrilling as you witness a brand new musical being performed for the very first and very last time.

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov

SUN 16TH – GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Potter: An entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. This entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot with live musical accompaniment.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

WEDS 19TH – 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. With special musical guests Improclaimers and Play It Again.

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

WEDS 19TH – GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Sherlock: An award-winning, entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play based on an audience suggestion of a title. Performed in two halves by some of the UK’s most critically-acclaimed comedy improvisers, with live Victorian musical accompaniment.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

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LEICESTER

SAT 8TH – 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/

TUES 25TH – THE Y THEATRE

Improvoke:  The mashup of improv and karaoke you never knew you needed! Enjoy musical mayhem made up on the spot by madcap wonder duo Jen Kenny & Hannah Platts and their randomised playlist of karaoke backing tracks. Witness the hilarity as these improv maestros put their fates squarely in the hands of the shuffle gods… will they end up singing a love song to Sabaton, rapping about bagels or winning a school sports day to a 90s rave classic? Come along and find out!

https://www.facebook.com/improvokeimprov

[DATE TBC] – 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

SAT 15TH – THE GRADUATE, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

New Year, New WITS: Warwick Improvised Theatre Society host a free-entry show featuring their favourite improv games. Come to have fun, shout out suggestions and be a part of the show.

https://www.facebook.com/WarwickImprov/

FRI 21ST – GOODRICH VILLAGE HALL, ROSS-ON-WYE [POSTPONED]

Box Of Frogs: Birmingham’s premiere Improv Group hit the road once again, creating a night of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense based entirely on your suggestions. Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro

FRI 28TH – THE PLACE, TELFORD

Bumper Blyton: A riotous improvised parody chock full of innuendo and lashings of puns, in the style of the Nation’s favourite author, Enid Blyton. A cast of the UK’s best-known improvisers invent an hilarious improvised adventure live on the hoof based on audience suggestions. It’s Enid Blyton…for grown ups!

https://www.facebook.com/BumperBlyton

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

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov

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