Gorilla Burger – Improvised Christmas Carnage

It’s The Most Wonderful Gorilla Burger Of The Year

It’s the second Thursday in December, so that means just one thing. It’s Christmas Gorilla Burger, so join us for presents, food, and the finest improvised comedy fuckabout evening in the Midlands. Get on stage and have a go, in the comfort of an immensely supportive room, filled with wildly enthusiastic humans.

New to improvised comedy? No worries. We promise you’ll have a great time. We’ll match you up (randomly) with other lovely folk and together you’ll create scenes and play games that defy reason, imagination and sometimes, comedy. It is all marvellous.

And, because it’s Christmas, Parky’s world-famous* Table of Joy will return. Everyone who gets up and has a go will be rewarded with a prize to the value of precisely £1. Who else offers such treasures for improv, eh? WHO DOES?

Of course, you don’t have to perform! You can remain happily anonymous in the audience, settle back with a pint and a mince pie, and enjoy the show.

It’s certainly the best mash up of cleverness, silliness, drinking and theatre you’ll find in Nottingham this Thursday.

* not world-famous.

Thursday 14 December
The Malt Cross

(downstairs in the workshop space)
16 St James’s Street
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
7.30pm (show starts 7.45)
Tickets on the door £5/£3
Join the Facebook event

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Consenting Partners at Nottingham Playhouse
Fantastic two-person improv – Saturday 3 February 2018 @ Nottingham Playhouse – book online here

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 19 October 2017

This week’s drop-in: Don’t Speak

Brought to you by Parky.

Boffins say that communication has very little to do with what we actually say. Research shows that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice we use, and only 7% is the actual words spoken.

If 93% of what we communicate doesn’t involve words, why not focus an entire drop-in session on that aspect? So, on Thursday, we’ll do a range of challenging exercises which won’t involve any speaking whatsoever. We’ll also do some scenes where you may need to use your voice, but not in the traditional ways.

Come and try your hand at a load of brand new exercises that you may well not have seen before. Bring your focus, your attention (but not your voice).

Thursday 19 October 2017
7.30 – 9.30pm
The Malt Cross
We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar
16 St James’s St
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
Find it!
£5 / 3 concessions

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SMASH NIGHT: IMPROVISED COMEDY THEATRE

Wednesday 25 October @ The Angel, 7.30pm. Tickets on the door

Gorilla Burger – Improv Comedy Carnage – Thursday 12 October 2017

Yes The **** Out Of Thursday

Wowsers. It’s here – your fantastic mid-month opportunity to cut loose and go wild. This Thursday is Gorilla Burger – a night where you can let your hair down, explore the local improv community, meet some folks, have some drinks and do some cool things. The focus is always on maximum fun and support.

This month it’s Parky that’s in charge of proceedings,  carefully guiding you through the show while negotiating the Malt Cross’ limited headroom.

New to improvised comedy? No worries. We promise you’ll have a great time. We’ll match you up (randomly) with other humans and together you’ll create scenes and play games that defy reason, imagination and sometimes, comedy. It is all marvellous.

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.

It’s the best mash-up of cleverness, silliness, drinking and theatre you’ll find.

Thursday 12 October
The Malt Cross

(downstairs in the workshop space)
16 St James’s Street
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
7.30pm (show starts promptly at 7.45pm). Our last few Gorilla Burgers have been full houses, so we suggest arriving early to get a spot!
Tickets on the door £5/£3
Join the Facebook event

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Coming Soon:
Introduction to Improv Level 1 course – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October
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The Improvised Hallowe’en Musical – Saturday 28th October
Nottingham Playhouse – tickets are SOLD OUT!

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 5 October 2017

This week’s drop-in: Scenes From Scenes

Brought to you by Parky.

There are loads of ways to derive inspiration for a scene. What we’ll do this Thursday is explore methods of creating scenes based on other scenes.

This requires really good listening skills, so you’ll need to pay attention throughout to pick up on characters, ideas and words that you can use as inspiration.

We’ll do some short scenes inspired by what you have just seen in the previous scene. We’ll introduce the concept of a “snatch edit”. And, we’ll finish with a few eight-minute montages in which all the scenes will be inspired from something we’ve discovered within that mini improv universe.

 

Thursday 5 October 2017
7.30 – 9.30pm
The Malt Cross
We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar
16 St James’s St
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
Find it!
£5 / 3 concessions

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ON FIRE: THE NEXT GENERATION OF IMPROV COMEDY

Saturday 7 October @ Talent 1st Organisation 7.30pm – tickets online only

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 7 September 2017

This week’s drop-in: Parental Guidance

Brought to you by Parky.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be in a one hour MissImp show hosted by our friends at Knaresborough’s Frazer Theatre. The show was part of the town’s FEVA festival, and we were scheduled to be on stage at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon.

What this meant was that our very varied audience included everything from young-ish children right up to a couple of retired folk. So, in order to be respectful to the audience, the entire content of a fast-paced, shortform show was suitable for a family audience. It was honestly one of the best and funniest shows I have been involved with and everyone – kids included – loved it.

Keeping improv family friendly is not as hard as you might think. So, this week, we’re going to run an entire jam where the content should have no more than a ‘PG’ certificate. What does this mean? Well:

  • Discriminatory language or behaviour is unacceptable, unless clearly disapproved of
  • Mild bad language only
  • No detail of potentially dangerous behaviour that children are likely to copy
  • No glamourisation of realistic and accessible weapons (e.g. knives)
  • Mild sex references and innuendo only
  • Frightening sequences where characters are in danger should not be prolonged or intense
  • Violence will usually be mild

Generally speaking, if you concentrate on relationships and emotions, and cut out the swears, you’re likely to be fine. If Jamie, Emily, Di and I can manage an hour show for families, you can manage a few scenes!

Important note: I am going to be deadly serious just for a minute. If you fancy coming along to the drop-in to be mischievous, and to push the boundaries, and to ignore the theme of the session and see what you can get away with, I’d honestly rather you left it for another week. If you’re going to be respectful of the content of the drop-in, and throw yourself into the innocent nature of it, I really look forward to seeing you! For one week only, I will end your scenes and ask you to be respectful if you aren’t going to play nicely.

Hurrah!

Thursday 7 September 2017
7.30 – 9.30pm
The Malt Cross
We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar
16 St James’s St
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
Find it!
£5 / 3 concessions

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GORILLA BURGER

Thursday 14th September @ The Malt Cross 7.30pm