GIG GUIDE: JUNE 2022

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

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 1ST – 1000 TRADES

Maestro:  The exciting elimination improv game where anything can happen. Ten 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 crown.

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

SAT 4TH – HILTON HOTEL

Questiny:  From Knightmare Live creator Paul Flannery comes Questiny (formally called the M.M.O.R.P.G show.) The show that combines improvised comedy with tabletop gaming is back with even more adventures, campaigns and absurdities. Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/21-questiny/

SAT 4TH – HILTON HOTEL

The Noise Next Door – Game On:  Join the stars of Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1) and The One Show (BBC One) as they unleash an hour of songs, scenes and gags all based on what the audience want to see. Experience comedy’s most exhilarating act in a special one-off show for the UK Games Expo that’s fun for the whole family.  Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/79-the-noise-next-door-game-on/

SAT 4TH – HILTON HOTEL

The Dark Room For Kids:  It’s the interactive, live-action videogame show The Dark Room, with less of the language! Bring your family along for an adventure that’s more like Roald Dahl than YouTube as you and the whole crowd are trapped in a videogame and try to escape!  A deranged game show that’s fun for the whole family. Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/29-the-dark-room-for-kids/

SAT 4TH – HILTON HOTEL

Knightmare Live:  A colourful mixture of comedy, improvisation, gaming and nostalgia. Set in a quirky and unique fantasy world of dragons and magic. The quest is on giving YOU the chance to don the iconic Helmet of Justice and try your luck against Lord Fear’s Dungeon. Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/32-knightmare-live/

SAT 4TH – HILTON HOTEL

The Noise Next Door – Game Night:  Witness your suggestions transformed into side-splitting gold in the hands of the UK’s premier off-the-cuff comedy phenomenon. A pair of actual board game nerds and one clueless civilian create an evening like no other. Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Actual cash prizes!? Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/80-the-noise-next-door-game-night/

SAT 4TH – HILTON HOTEL

The Dark Room Till Ya Die:  This is the annual marathon Dark Room show that starts when it starts and stops when John is exhausted. People have been crowd-surfed on slices of pizza! There’s been a literal viking raid! The other guests come and improvise madness! If you want to be part of a one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-seen again show that’s half show and half party and all extreme geekery – join The Dark Room Til Ya Die! Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/30-the-dark-room-till-ya-die/

SUN 5TH – NEC TOUTE SUITE

Darren Lied To You:  The UK Games Expo Live shows all come together  to answer your questions.  What is the best way to prepare an artichoke?  What is the correct form of address for the ambassador from Bolivia? What was the most controversial thing they did in third period French? Improvising and ad libbing is the order of the day.

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/events/388-darren-lied-to-you/

WEDS 8TH – 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

WEDS 15TH – 1000 TRADES

Midlands Improv Night: New Birmingham groups take the stage in a smorgasbord of improvised comedy. Behind The Headlines has two teams of comedians performing sketches based on recent news stories. Breakfast Of Champions starts with a guest speaker giving a monologue which then inspires a range of scenes.

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

WEDS 29TH – 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 6TH – 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/

SAT 4TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Improv Nonsense: 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

TUES 7TH – THE LORD ROBERTS

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 one-act play. Plots and sub-plots galore, and a whole cast of characters effortlessly juggled by the veteran improvisers. This is comedy theatre like you’ve never seen it before. You will laugh, you may cry… Who knows what’ll happen? They sure don’t.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClonesImprov

THURS 9TH – 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

TUES 21ST – THE LORD ROBERTS

The Clones:  Another chance to see a hilarious, spontaneous one-act play with plots and sub-plots galore, and a whole cast of characters effortlessly juggled by the veteran improvisers. This is comedy theatre like you’ve never seen it before. You will laugh, you may cry… Who knows what’ll happen? They sure don’t.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClonesImprov

WEDS 22ND – 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

SAT 25TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Rhymes Against Humanity:  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.

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov

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LEICESTER

FRI 10TH – THE Y THEATRE

Knightmare Live:   The award winning stage adaption of the cult television show Knightmare is back! After a long temporal disruption the quest is on giving YOU the chance to don the iconic Helmet of Justice and try your luck against Lord Fear’s Dungeon. Volunteers will be guided round our three levels by two special guests; will they survive? Probably not.

https://www.facebook.com/KnightmareLive

SAT 18TH – INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

The Same Faces:  A unique blend of sketches, songs and one-liners, taking suggestions from you to form brilliant comedy sketches live on stage. The team of regular improvisers will be joined by some of the best guest performers in the land.

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

SUN 19TH – THE Y THEATRE

The Dark Room – 10th Anniversary Spectacular:  Come play the world’s only live-action text adventure! Will you: A. Find Light Switch? B. Win terrible prizes? C. Die? This videogaming improv cult classic is the most interactive and insane game show on the Festival circuit.

https://leicesterymca.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173617762

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

WEDS 8TH – THE MAYPOLE CAFE BAR AND THEATRE, DERBY

Dice Night:  Live comedy generated & improvised on the spot from audience suggestions. Come along to watch the improv fun, or take part, if you’re feeling brave. A fun and friendly environment to find out what all this improv fuss is about.

https://www.facebook.com/Chewyimprov/

FRI 10TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE, COVENTRY

Full Of Beans: Coventry Improv return with their fan favourite format, an all-inclusive show which is all for charity, and 100% of the donations will make it’s way to the designated charity for the quarter.

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

SAT 17TH – THE SWAN, WORCESTER

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 24TH – POMFRET ARMS, NORTHAMPTON

Improv Comedy Show: Expect fast paced humour in the style of shows such as ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ Quick witted players will take your suggestions and use them to create hilarious scenarios, ridiculous characters and many laugh out loud moments for your entertainment. Performed by Canny Funny plus special guests.

https://www.facebook.com/CannyFunnyImprov/

SAT 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

SUN 26TH – LUDLOW BREWERY, LUDLOW

The Improlectuals: An improv comedy “super-group” made up of some of the finest improvisers from around the Midlands. They create completely new comedy sketches on the spot, based entirely on audience suggestions. Performances feature a rotating cast of talented improvisers.

https://ludlow.ssboxoffice.com/events/the-improlectuals/

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

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