The School Of Night
The Sticking Place
Gilded Balloon Teviot
Intellectual improvisation by a small group of very quick and well read performers, a superbly structured show that is well worth checking out.
From the people behind Showstoppers! comes what they describe as an improvised Shakespeare play, but it does a little more than it says on the tin. Rather than stick with one long narrative this show involves a showcase of different improv games drawing on many other playwrights before finally settling on a piece by the Bard of the audience's choosing.
There's real interaction with the audience, who don't get away with just throwing out random words, the performers extract characters by interrogating audience members about their families and love lives. It feels a whole lot more mature and thought-through than some improv acts I've seen in the past.
Despite the literary thrust and audience interrogation it is a warm welcoming show due to the genial host/director who narrates and organises the proceedings. This allows the audience to have a thorough understanding of what is going on and to feel very much part of it.
Original structure, original ideas, a very special refreshing feeling.
Reviewer: Seth Ewin