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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 15 November 2018

This week’s drop-in: Hostage to Fortune

Brought to you by Richard.

The idea behind this week’s drop-in comes from a time when I was trying to do a walk on in The Vox Pops, and Ben stuck me in a chair and started cutting my hair… I just sat there panicked and people wet themselves (with laughter). There are lots of occasions in The Vox Pops where three people enter the stage by accident, rather than two. You can feel trapped and awkward being the third wheel.

But here’s the thing… In improv we’re supposed to support each another. We needn’t be afraid of being the scene’s gooseberry. So we’re going to focus on repeating small emotions with subtle variations to become comfortable on stage together, and then build that into scenes. Eventually, we’ll introduce being the third wheel and milk it for all its worth.

Thursday 15 November 2018
7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

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SMASH NIGHT! | WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

 

Gorilla Burger – Improvised Comedy Carnage – Thursday 8 November 2018

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This month’s Gorilla Burger is part of the Nottingham Comedy Festival, and is at The Lacehouse, rather than our usual venue.

Celebrate this Thursday by trying something new! Gorilla Burger is our get up and try it night, where you (yes, you!) can be part of the show! Whether you’re an old hand or never done it before, this is the finest opportunity to play on stage with a wide range of brilliant people. Gorilla Burger at Nottingham Comedy Festival

How does it work? So glad you asked… if you fancy having a go, we’ll pop your name in a hat with some other fabulous folk. When we draw your name it will be time to shine! We’ll pop you in a game or a scene with some of those aforementioned fabulous folk, and comedy will ensue, honest!

New to improvised comedy? No worries. We promise you’ll have a great time. Of course, you don’t have to perform! You can remain happily anonymous in the audience, settle back with a pint, and enjoy the show.

This month your master of ceremonies will be Nick.

Thursday 8 November 2018
The Lacehouse | Broadway | The Lace Market | Nottingham | NG1 1PS
7.30pm (show starts 7.45) | Online Box OfficeTickets on the door £5 (we take card payments too!)

  

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 1 November 2018

This week’s drop-in: Practical Telepathy

Brought to you by Lee.

The best film, TV, and improv scenes are filled with subtlety and nuance. Unfortunately as improvisers we don’t have the luxury of reading the script beforehand to know what the other performer is communicating! This week we’ll be working on subtlety in improv, why we want to do it, why it’s often a bad idea, and through a series of exercises how we can use subtlety to add an extra dimension to our scenes.

Thursday 1 November 2018
7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 25 October 2018

This week’s drop-in: Character Charisma

Brought to you by Elliott.

**Please note the change of venue: we are back at the Malt Cross!**

A great actor can play anyone in any situation, but you don’t often see people queuing round the block to see them. We’re usually drawn instead to those stars who drip with charisma, like Al Pacino, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Will Smith and Vinnie Jones (really…?) who seem to play almost the same character every time, eg Al Pacino shouting at people as a cop/lawyer/football coach, George Clooney being super-smooth and charming, Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise in every film, and Dwayne Johnson grins endearingly through every role. They play themselves and people fall in love with the character of them. That’s what makes them stars.

This week you’ll get a certain character or characteristic drawn from my magic bag of characters. This will be with you all evening! Your challenge is to merge that characteristic with yourself and use your innate charm to generate charismatic power for a series of 2-4 person open scenes. 

Watch very carefully who is who as there will be a prize at the end!

Thursday 25 October 2018
7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

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SMASH NIGHT! | Wednesday 31st October | The Angel

MissImp 20th Anniversary Celebration Jam – Thursday 18 October 2018

MISSIMP 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION JAM

Nottingham’s homegrown improvised theatre company MissImp celebrates its twentieth year with a whole weekend of comedy entertainment! Featuring five shows across two venues, ranging from full musicals to lightning fast skits, plus two free workshops, it’s sure to be a birthday like no other!

On Thursday, 18th October we’re thrilled to take over the newly reopened Malt Cross, where the original MissImp cast from 20 years ago are reuniting for one night only, followed by a showcase of our top talent, and a jam where anyone and everyone can take part!

MissImp has existed for TWENTY years! In that time we’ve come a long way, from our very first show ever, at the Malt Cross, to um… the Malt Cross! Tonight the whole of the pub is ours, and we present a celebration show featuring the original line up of MissImp (or Mission: Improbable as it was back then), followed by a titanic Gorilla Burger jam show in the bar.

This will be the perfect night to find out what the Nottingham improvised comedy scene is, and for everyone who’s ever attended a drop-in, watched a show, or appeared on stage with us. Let’s bring it all together and have a wicked night of comedy and spontaneity.

This is the celebration you’ve been looking for.

Thursday 18 October 2018
7.00 – 10.00pm | £5 | Box Office | Free with a 20th Anniversary Playhouse ticket
The Malt Cross | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

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Friday 19th – Saturday 20th October 2018 | Nottingham Playhouse | £9/7 | Box Office:  20Years_NottmPlayhouse