GIG GUIDE: JULY 2022

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

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BIRMINGHAM

SAT 2ND & SUN 3RD – WINTERBOURNE HOUSE

Murder Mystery On The Terrace:  Foghorn Unscripted return to entertain you with their comedic homage to those quintessentially British Whodunits. We need you, the audience, to join our experienced performers and help unmask the murderer. We promise: no audience members will be harmed in the making of these shows!

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted

WEDS 6TH – 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/

FRI 8TH & SAT 9TH – THE GLEE CLUB

The Noise Next Door: This isn’t a bold reimagining of the limits of improvised comedy – many of the games and skits feel not a million miles away from the likes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? – but it’s a staggeringly well-executed trip around the genre. Acutely sensitive funny bones, fast reactions, a fantastic chemistry and camaraderie makes the whole thing work.

https://www.glee.co.uk/birmingham/comedy/

WEDS 13TH – 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

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/

SUN 17TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Behind The Headlines: A topical panel show where local comedians will perform sketches based on recent news stories. From the Birmingham Mail to The New York Times, all the latest scandals and scoops will be used.

https://www.facebook.com/BehindTheHeadlinesComedy

WEDS 20TH – 1000 TRADES

Midlands Improv Night: A night of local groups taking to the stage in a smorgasbord of improvised comedy. Headlined by Breakfast Of Champions, who have a guest speaker giving a monologue which then inspires a range of scenes.

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

SUN 24TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Behind The Headlines: Second edition of the topical panel show where local comedians will perform sketches based on recent news stories. As the news changes so does the show, capturing the true spirit of live theatre to create hilarious and memorable moments in every performance.

https://www.facebook.com/BehindTheHeadlinesComedy

WEDS 27TH – 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/

SUN 31ST – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Behind The Headlines: Another chance to see the topical panel show where local comedians perform sketches based on recent news stories. Have I Got News For You meets Saturday Night Live in the heart of Birmingham.

https://www.facebook.com/BehindTheHeadlinesComedy

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NOTTINGHAM 

SAT 2ND – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

It’s A Trap! The Improvised Star Wars Show:  It’s A Trap explores untold stories of the Star Wars universe, packed with Jedi, jokes and jawas. 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

MON 4TH – 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/

TUES 5TH – 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 14TH – 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

SAT 16TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Robin Hood International Improv Festival Pre-Party: Witness hilarious characters and spinning stories all created spontaneously by legendary improvisers Andel Sudik (The Second City Touring Company, Boom Chicago), Katy Schutte (**** – The Independent), and Nottingham’s own Liam Webber (“Extraordinary Performer” – The Scotsman). You will laugh, you might cry, who knows what will happen! The only guarantee is that everything you see on stage will be made up on the spot and inspired by you.

https://www.facebook.com/robinhoodimprov/

TUES 19TH – 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

MON 25TH – THE PLAYWRIGHT

Musical Improv Jam:  A joyous evening of creating songs on the spur of the moment. You’ll be guided through a few exercises, and enjoy the backing of a couple of talented musicians, as you have fun with singing lyrics as you make them up. All abilities, experience levels, and singing voices welcome.

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

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LEICESTER

SAT 2ND – 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/

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

SUN 3RD – THE CHARLES BRADLAUGH, NORTHAMPTON

Abandoman: Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Ireland’s finest hip hop musical comedian will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales.   Work in progress show, part of an All Day Comedy event.

https://www.thecomedycrate.com/eventspage

TUES 5TH – 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

FRI 8TH – 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/

FRI 8TH & SAT 9TH – THE OLD CLUB HOUSE, BUXTON

Impromptu Shakespeare: Hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose – The Bard is back! With story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time – performed by a whip-smart cast.

https://www.impromptushakespeare.com/

FRI 15TH – SPITAL ARTS, CHESTERFIELD

Foghorn Unscripted: A murder mystery improvised live. With no script and no plot, Foghorn Unscripted and the audience create a classic whodunnit. Who dies horribly? Who is the murderer? What awful secrets are revealed? All served up with a generous helping of jokes so you can enjoy a good old-fashioned night of murder, mystery and mayhem.

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted

TUES 19TH – TEMPERANCE CAFE, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Complaints Department: Got a burning issue that you’d like to get off your chest? Report it to the Complaints Department. Leamprov presents a series of loosely connected comedy scenes based on the audience members’ gripes and pet peeves, in this hilarious and cathartic long-form show.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

FRI 29TH – 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/

FRI 29TH – THE LIGHT HOUSE, WOLVERHAMPTON

Improv Wolves: A great night of comedy improv featuring some of the best improvisers in the Midlands.

https://light-house.co.uk/LightHouseMediaCentre.dll/WhatsOn?f=3669368

SAT 25TH – THE SWAN THEATRE, WORCESTER

Spontaneous Potter: Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office!  Two very magical improv shows await… The smash-hit Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Special kids matinee & evening adult show.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

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

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