Wednesday 22nd April – 8.30pm: Impromptu Shakespeare.
Bursting with comedy, love, poetry, tragedy, power struggles, the supernatural, mistaken identity and everything you'd expect from a Shakespearean play. Join some of the most exciting improvisers on the circuit for 60 minutes of riotous fun. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of The Bard. Whether your knowledge of the Complete Works is 37 plays or none, this is the show for you.
As seen in their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival run I S are the UK's premier Improvised Shakespeare play.
Taking two audience suggestions they weave them into a 60 Minute Shakespearean style play. Bursting with comedy, love, poetry, tragedy, power struggles, the supernatural, mistaken identity and everything you’d expect from the plays of Shakespeare. Join some of the most exciting improvisers on the circuit for 60 minutes of riotous fun. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks but their feet firmly in the works of Shakespeare.
Whether you know all 37 plays – or none – this is the show for you.
"Wit and fast paced delivery place the play firmly on the funny side of farcical" ★★★★★ Plays to see.com
"Shakespeare from the hip. Ingenious and very funny" Will Gompertz - BBC Arts Editor - As Seen on BBC Art of improv
"A witty mix of classical and contemporary references along with the fast-pace of this ensemble’s act keeps the storyline unravelling and the crowd laughing" ★★★★ Three weeks
"After this outstanding hour of theatre, judging by the whooping applause of the audience, those on stage weren't the only ones to leave happy" ★★★★ Broadway Baby
"A joy to watch master improvisers at work" Bristol Improv network
Cast: Daniel Roberts, Lucy Fennel, Rebecca MacMillion, Rosy Fordham, Sylvia Bishop, Tom Wilkinson .
Find out more about Impromptu Shakespeare below . . .
Tell us about your group
We started rehearsing in Feb 2013 ready for launch at Edinburgh festival the same year. We have 7 players in a pool with generally 5 performing.
We are :-
Tom Wilkinson (former Oxford Imps)
Daniel Roberts (Racing Minds)
Lucy Fennel (Glitch, Upstairs Downton)
Rebecca MacMillion and Jen Rowe (Maydays)
Rosy Fordham (Upstairs Downton)
Sylvia Bishop (the Peasblossom Caberet, Oxford Imps)
Produced by Kat Portman Smith (Showstoppers)
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Opening a box and saying whats inside with a partner affirming with 'yes'. It allows the imagination to go and overactive self awareness to surrender whilst affirming choices.
What’s your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
We do power poses- its proven they reduce cortazol and increase confidence and a sence of achievement and power, we also hug.
Recommend a book on Improvisation
'The Aerodynamics of Yes' by Cristian Capozolli.