Cagematch Improv.

Cagematch Improv



See this show at 7.30pm Monday 5th March 2012

Ludus Ludius vs HMS OMG

It's a riotously dangerous improv comedy when two mighty teams of warriors take to the stage to prove who is better! A no-holds-barred competition. Each with their 25 minutes to dazzle and flex their muscles. The audience votes on the winner via secret ballot.


“. . .Endless chuckles from friendly people. . .” - CULTURE BUCKET


Ludus Ludius Cast:

Nathan Keates, Jules Garnett, Al Cowie, Paul Gingell, Neil Goulder.



Ed Bennett, James Burwood, Simon Fazey, Jessica Mandeville, Gareth Morinan, Henri Roe, Rachel Semigran




Find out more about Cagematch Improv below . . .



Tell us about your group

Nathan Keates: Ludus Ludius Improvisation Theatre Company was founded in 2007 by Nathan Keates and Matt Mills. We began to create theatre and comedy through improvised playfulness. Now we are a collective. Various performers, artists, actors, dancers, musicians and obviously improvisers are called upon when a project could be ideal for whom ever. Ludus Ludius are moving towards applying improvisation skill and techniques to those that may benefit personally, socially, emotionally and collaboratively. Initially our productions were of three different areas of the art form, games, full length plays and movement. With various shows in the past, we now look to the now and see what we are doing. Cagematch!


Tell us about your show

Cagematch started in the US where 'scenic improv' teams get to compete and have the winner stay on. Teams that win could have a possibility of an endless run in the show as long as they never lose. It gives each team a chance to play and have fun for twenty-five minutes with the prospect of playing next time too. It is all down to what happens on the night and who the audience votes for.


How did you discover improvisation?

As a child I wanted to act, but was scared that I wouldn't remember the script and set myself onto improvising. Then later in life I thought it would be interesting to actually be on-stage with nothing prepared and the world of improv was found.


What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of?

When performing in the Würzburg impro festival's 'Battle of the Buh', I was partnered with a wonderful improviser for a scene and afterwards she said she does not speak that much english. I thoroughly enjoyed the scene we did. The game set was to be the most tragic and idiotic character I think, both of us parents of a baby that we did not know how to look after. We just heightened the idiocy of ourselves and enjoyed playing.


List 3 things you learnt (or bits of advice you’ve received) that made you a better improviser.

1. Play with your partner
2. Be clear and clarify
3. Little steps are the real sharing


Recommend a book on improvisation . . .

Jill Bernard's “Small Cute Book of Improv”


Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...

“What makes competition in improv comedy great?”


The audience gets to see two groups. Great competition shows will have the teams working to make it great for the audience and not for their team. Each player will make the show great for the team and not for their selves. Whatever happens happens. If individuals didn't look like the funniest person alive then perfect, as hopefully the show looked like the funniest show to see.