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A festival of improvisation presented by The Showstoppers in association with Extempore Theatre & Something for the Weekend

16th January to 19th January . 7:30pm and 9:15pm . 60 minutes approx, no interval
Tickets: £13.50, £12 concession · Two shows in one night £25, £22 concession, Three shows in one night (Wed) £35, £32 concession. Discounts will automatically be applied at the checkout.

2016 Olivier Award-winners The Showstoppers follow their recent West End run by hosting the UK’s leading professional festival of improvisation - The London Jam.

Featuring the cream of homegrown talent  including: Chortle Award-winning Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel; songs and sketches from The Glenda J Collective; Lights! Camera! Improvise! from Olivier Award-winners Mischief Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong); and of course members of The Showstoppers themselves. Plus world class improv from The Sufferettes (Canada), Almost Ibsen (Norway) and the European premiere of The Dungeons And Dragons Show. Also featuring the all-new Ken Campbell Caper Competition - an ‘improvbattle' starring performers from all over the globe, originally conceived by legendary maverick theatre genius Ken Campbell.

The Jam also includes improv workshops for professionals and public alike. Hone your skills with our international guests or find out how a little improv in your world can enhance your day to day.

The London Jam is supported by Rich Energy.


Monday 16th


7.30pm
Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel (UK)
The Chortle Award winners are one of the most acclaimed improv troupes on the circuit. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment. Swooning guaranteed. Starring Edinburgh Comedy nominees Joseph Morpurgo and Cariad Lloyd. 
‘A potboiler of a parody, joyously performed’ ★★★★★ The Times
'One of the most enjoyable 60 minutes on the Fringe' ★★★★ The Guardian.

9.15pm
Lights! Camera! Improvise! The Improvised Movie Live On Stage
Mischief Theatre (UK)
A rare chance to catch the Olivier-Award winning team behind smash hit west end comedies The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Ever dreamed of creating your very own Hollywood motion picture? You choose the genre, the location and the title and the movie is brought to life  before your very eyes while resident film buff ‘Oscar’ can pause, 
rewind and fast forward scenes.
’Ridiculously funny’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks


Tuesday 17th


7.30pm

The Glenda J Collective (UK)
Songs and sketches created on the spot from four superheroes of Improv: Josie Lawrence (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Comedy Store Players), Pippa Evans (Showstopper, Sunday Assembly), Ruth Bratt (Showstopper, People Just Do Nothing) and Cariad Lloyd (QI, Peep Show).

9.15pm
Almost Ibsen (Oslo) 
Det Andre Teatret from Oslo (the town where Ibsen spent most of his working life) conjure up new, one act plays based on the writings of Ibsen, his characters, themes and narrative style, combining theatre and improv, in a rare, moving and playful manner.


Wednesday 18th

Six teams compete in two semi-finals and a grand final to find the most entertaining group in spontaneous performance. The audience decides. A wild night of unpredictable hilarity, featuring the very best of established and emerging teams in the UK and overseas.

6pm: Semi-final - The Ken Campbell Caper Competition
Grand Theft Impro vs. Do Not Adjust your Stage

7.30pm: Semi-final - The Ken Campbell Caper Competition
The Sufferettes vs. Bristol Improv Theatre 

9.15pm: Grand final - The Ken Campbell Caper Competition
Winners of both semi-finals go head to head to compete for glory

Thursday 19th  


7.30pm
The Sufferettes (Toronto)
One of the best-loved acts on the international improv scene, Toronto duo Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette bring their unique mix of comedy and clowning to London. Winners of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Troupe 2014 and 2015.
 
9.15pm
Dungeons & Dragons (Edmonton)
Spontaneous swords and sorcery in the UK premier of Canadian comedian and writer Mark Meer’s geeky extravaganza. Part-game, part-adventure, all-comedy, Mark leads his intrepid team of adventurers on an off-the-cuff quest. 


The London Jam & The Improvathon can both be found at:
@theimprovathon

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  • Extempore Theatre is the hothouse for longform improv in the UK

    ****. Financial Times

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