GIG GUIDE: MARCH 2022

26 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 Thursdays at 7pm.

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 2ND – 1000 TRADES

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 9TH – 1000 TRADES

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

FRI 18TH & SAT 19TH – OLD JOINT STOCK THEATRE

The Bean Spillers – The Improvised Musical:  Farting at a funeral. Calling your teacher ‘Mum’. Farting at your teacher’s funeral then calling the Vicar ‘Mum’! We’ve all heard some juicy gossip, but have you ever wondered if there’s more to the story?Following the success of their five-star hit Timpson: The Musical, Gigglemug Theatre (Winners of The Stage Edinburgh Award) bring you a brand-new improvised musical based on gossip from the audience.

https://www.facebook.com/WeSpillBeans

WEDS 23RD – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga – The Improvised Movie Adventure:  In a world where movie plots are getting too predictable, one improv show dares to break the mould. You choose the genre, subgenre, the setting and the title and they will do the rest, creating a totally improvised show brimming with all your favourite tropes. Featuring live musical accompaniment and four audience buzzers used to control the performers.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisImprov

WEDS 30TH – 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 

SAT 5TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Improv NonSense – Women Of Improv: A celebration of women improvisers for International Women’s Day. 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

MON 7TH – 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 10TH – 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

WEDS 16TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Making It Up:  Free show where the first half an hour is the class showcase, where they’ll be showing off all the stuff they’ve worked on this term under training from The Clones. After that will be an improv jam where anyone in the audience can give improv a go with fun games and scenes.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClonesImprov/

SAT 19TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Rhymes Against Humanity:  The Midlands’ highly acclaimed, award nominated, improvised musical. It’s a non-stop joyride of musical hilarity that’s all being created in the moment. 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://nonsuchstudios.online.red61.co.uk/event/419:271/419:1247/

WEDS 23RD – 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

MON 28TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums: Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road in 2022 to visit some of their favourite parts of the UK with another evening of mind-blowing improvisation. The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is a joy to behold. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad.

https://www.paulmerton.com/impro-chums-richard-vranch-mike-mcshane-suki-webster-lee-simpson

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LEICESTER

TUES 22ND – THE Y THEATRE

Rough Draft: A platform for performers, comedians, writers, theatremakers and more to try out new ideas, get feedback and find collaborators, this month featuring Hannah Platts & Adam Unwin doing history-based improv.

https://twitter.com/RoughDraftLE

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

TUES 1ST – SAT 5TH – THE ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON

An Improbable Musical: Six chances to see triumphs, disasters, the wonderful and the what-the-hell? Improvising from scratch a new show made especially for the audience that night. Story, song and puppetry conjured from the unlikeliest materials by matchless performers and every moment of creation (or lack of it) witnessed by you.

https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/improbablemusical/

MON 7TH – THE OCULUS, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

The Improv Musical:  Part of Music Theatre Warwick and the cast and crew are all Warwick University students. We’ve been rehearsing our socks off with our brand spanking new cast to bring you more fun, more music, and more improv! 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/

SAT 12TH – CHAPEL LAWN VILLAGE HALL, SHROPSHIRE

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. Cast yourself back to your childhood in a show that’s utterly unique and spontaneous with a satirical take on favourites including The Famous Five and Mallory Towers.

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

FRI 25TH – THE POMFRET ARMS, NORTHAMPTON

Improv Comedy Show: Two acts perform a free show with donations for Unicef in aid of Ukrainian children. Canny Funny are a team of some of the Midlands’ funniest improvisers, creating sketches, scenes and songs from your suggestions. Improvoke are the mash up of improv and karaoke you never knew you needed. Just turn up and join in the fun.

https://www.facebook.com/improvokeimprov

SUN 27TH – THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

Bumper Blyton: Another chance to delight in lashings of ginger beer, grab a cheeky tongue sandwich or wrap your lips around a nice spotted dick! A cast of the UK’s best-known and award-winning improvisers (as seen in Austentatious, Showstoppers! and TV’s Doctor Who) invent a hilarious improvised adventure on the hoof, based on audience suggestions. Performed in vintage costume with music and songs, the show offers an irreverent tongue-in-cheek homage. It’s Enid Blyton…for grown-ups.

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

MON 28TH – 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

TUES 29TH – TEMPERANCE CAFE, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Elephant In The Room: Leamprov, the premier improvised comedy troupe in Leamington, are proud to bring you a comedy show that’s never been seen before, and will never be seen again. Why? The elephant in the room is that we have no idea what the show will be about! Taking inspiration from audience suggestions, we will create a series of comedy sketches and games completely off-the-cuff.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

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

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