Why not come and watch Alan Marriott and Phil Whelans (pictured here in their white Stripes tribute band, Seven Nation Darts Team) attempt to create an original, completely improvised Twilight Zone episode?
Saturday 26 May 2018
8.00pm (doors 7.30pm.)
London SE1 3SS. Map
That’s right. In a bewildering act of hubris, worthy of a character in a Twilight Zone who, oh, I don’t know, thinks he or she doesn’t need something but ends up in a world where that thing is, like, the only thing that world doesn’t have and he or she, in fact really needs it, Phil and Alan will attempt to make up a Twilight Zone episode without having rehearsed and only having chatted about it briefly and Phil not really having seen many – hence this paragraph.
I know what you’re thinking; if they imagine they can just make up something that was originally so elegantly and economically crafted, they must have taken a journey to the Stupid Zone. Well, collectively Alan and Phil have been doing impro for over 200 years, since before the “v” was added, in 1936, as a response to German expansionism. “I know,” you say, but that makes it worse; that’s so big-headed, they’ll have to take a journey to the Increased Head-Room Zone. Not in the least; Phil and Alan are aware that this is a high-risk pursuit with a strong chance of catastrophic failure, but think you might quite enjoy the ride. Also, it’ll be 30 mins. max. Also, there are other excellent acts on that night.* Anyway, how rude; you’re stupid.
Alan Marriott – founder of Grand Theft Impro, Alan is a voice-over… well, I’ll say it… maestro; credits include Bob the Builder, Vampires, Pirates and Aliens, Anthony Ant, Lego Nexo Knights, Lego Star Wars and My Little Pony. Alan is currently the voice of Grand Sensei Dareth in Lego Ninjago. He was in The Reduced Shakespeare Company, brought Theatresports to London and devised or co-devised Hamlet Improvised, The Impro Musical, Impropera and Will Shakespeare’s Impro Musical.
Phil Whelans – writer and performer of his own Radio 4 sitcom, My First Planet, founder member of Pros from Dover – with whom he did two series of Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. Phil has worked with everyone from Joan Rivers to Basil Brush, Al Gore to Brian Conley, Robin Williams to Giles Brandreth. Phil has been in It’s Kevin, Brasseye, Preston Front and a number of unsuccessful radio and TV impro pilots. He has appeared in Showstopper: the Improvised Musical and is a Monkey Toast player.
Alan and Phil will be joined by…
Sandra-Mae Luykx. A talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, Sandra-Mae plays saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone), guitar, piano, percussion. She is also a composer – a regional finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Competition with her original song, “Finally, I Believe in Your Love.” She is also an accomplished Pop/EDM/Dance writer, having had their songs cut by worldwide artists. Sandra-Mae is currently writing a musical with Alan Marriott. she runs a regular Jazz Night at the London Improv Theatre and has played keys for Slattery Night Fever and GTI.
*GTI will be sharing the night with… DO NOT ADJUST YOUR STAGE, GLITCH and THE DREAMING.