Friday March 8 2019
8.00pm (doors 7.30pm.)
London SE1 3SS. Map
Tickets £7.00… here …or on the door.
Friday March 8th’s Grand Theft Impro and Enemies will span the generations in very much the manner of that Star Wars film where Harrison Ford gets Kil(spoiler alert)led.
As usual, we’re delighted to welcome a marvellous set of Enemies…
The Homunculus. Tim Grewcock and Shaun Lowthian are an improvised comedy and film-making duo, performing in London and beyond with the likes of Do Not Adjust Your Stage, The Free Association and more. With a single word of inspiration from their audience, Tim and Shaun improvise hilarious scenes, stories and characters. Spokke, their comedy short homage to Scandi Noir, was nominated for Writers’ Guild Award in 2019. Press with DNAYS: ★★★★★ – ‘Fearless comedy to great effect’ (Everything Theatre), ★★★★★ – ‘A superb masterclass in improv comedy’ (LondonTheatre1), ★★★★ – ‘Great characterisation’ (Remote Goat.)
Then, Grand Theft Impro will contain, within its fleshy being, three, yes three, former members of one, yes one, 1990s impro group.
Spontaneous Combustion formed in 1989 and performed shows in theatres, comedy clubs, colleges, radios, televisions, festival stages, conference centres, hotels and a swimming pool* all over this great land, taking four highly successful narrative shows to the Edinburgh Festival, the last being in 1997. Three of those pictured below, in 1993, will be in Grand Theft Impro on March the 8th. But in a wrinklier and, apparently, a more characterful, iteration. And if you imagine that, on the night, you’ll be wondering which three of the four they are… tragically, you’ll know.
*True. Comic Relief.
Niall Ashdown is a regular performer with the Comedy Store Players. He’s improvised with – among others, Impropera, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums and improvising quintet Between the Notes, led by cellist Matthew Barley. He is an associate artist with Improbable, and has collaborated with Cartoon de Salvo, Punchdrunk at BAC, Kneehigh, and Told By An Idiot. He’s had two solo shows Hungarian Bird Festival and The Man Who Would Be Sting made into radio plays and has appeared at the Young Vic in Annie Get Your Gun and Public Enemy. On T.V. he’s been in Outnumbered, Parents and Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer of 16 novels published in 15 languages, over 70 short stories, and 14 plays written and devised. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable Theatre and has been improvising since the mid-1980s. She is also the co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for community-led culture with almost half a million participants in the past 5 years. Stella is a regular speaker and campaigner around LGBTQ, women’s and arts equality and inclusion issues. She was awarded the OBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.
Francesca Forristal is a product of the impro talent-greenhouse that is the Oxford Imps. She performs impro all over the place, notably as Christian Adore in two-person musical impro sensation, Dragprov Revue.
Phil Whelans – writer and performer of his own Radio 4 sitcom, My First Planet, founder member of sketch group 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. He’s been in It’s Kevin, Brasseye, Preston Front and a number of unsuccessful radio and TV impro pilots. He’s done impro all over the world and has appeared in Showstopper: the Improvised Musical, Hamlet Improvised, Theatresports, Criminal, with David Shore in bald, and as a Monkey Toast player.