The history of MissImp is mostly lost in the mists of time, but from that damp barrier we have managed to extract some key facts: we originally formed as Mission: Improbable way back in 1998 under the guidance of local writer and performer Andy Barrett as a Nottingham County Council Next Stage project. The team performed improv comedy in pub and club venues around Nottingham and nearby arts festivals for several years.
Early in the new millennium many key players moved to far away cities where they claimed to be “happy” and occasionally got married. The crisis of numbers led to the weekly jam workshops which started at the Nottingham Arts Theatre in 2005 and moved to the Nottingham Art Organisation in 2008. A new line up formed and monthly shows began in December that year. Oh, and we contracted the name down to MissImp.
Since then… we spent three years performing every month at The Glee Club in Nottingham, brought top improvisers from the US over to train our players, did a 24 Hour Improv Show, performed at Edinburgh Fringe, in London and throughout the Midlands. We began teaching our own courses, bringing in fresh members and creating a range of shows and performance formats.
In 2016 we moved to the Malt Cross where we continue to run weekly drop-in sessions and a monthly jam show called Gorilla Burger. We teach new people how to have fun with improv, in a range of courses and workshops, as well as bringing over the finest improvisers to help us learn us new stuff. Entirely new improv teams have emerged, along with shows like Millions of Voices: The Improvised Star Wars Show, Consenting Partners and Smash Night. We now regularly perform at Nottingham Playhouse, the Malt Cross, Nottingham Actors Studio and The Ned Ludd.
Here are some of the shows we’ve done: