Slapdash International Improv Festival brings some of the finest improvisers from all over the world to play and teach in Central London. Check out the full listing below, and if you really can’t decide, why not just book a season ticket and get a free t-shirt?
The Maydays – The Maydays are an award-winning improv company based in Brighton and London, specialising in musical long form and celebrating their 12th birthday this year.
They have played hundreds of shows all over the UK and internationally, and have headlined Improv Fest Ireland, Barcelona Improv Festival and the Finland International Improv Festival.
Bree and Cyd – A quirky best-friendship turned improv-ship. Think TJ & Dave meets Broad City meets your local Friday night improv show, focusing heavily on truth in comedy, patience in scenes, and just the right amount of awkwardness and you have Bree & Cyd.
On the Spot present ‘Hush’: the Improvised Silent Movie – On the Spot from Honolulu Hawaii, have been entertaining audiences all across the country with their unique brand of improvised theater. Their signature style incorporates narrative storytelling, minimal dialogue, and strong blocking to create cinematic images to tell complex stories. Set in the style of the biggest silent movie stars of the day such as Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, “On The Spot: Hush” captures all the drama and nostalgia of the silent movie era, with strong characters, physical comedy and live musical accompaniment.
B&B – Betse Green and Bill Cernansky have been married since 1989. They’ll take a break from exploring their own relationship to explore some made-up relationships for you, probably stealing each other’s characters too, because it’s much easier to do on stage than in real life.
Playing as a duo, B&B focus on what they know best: relationships. Their signature format is the Revolver, in which the players are free to steal each other’s characters after they have been established. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye*. It’s still all fun and games after that.
Theatre de l’Oignon present Random – Random is an improv show in its purest form. Random is a messy playground for grown-up children and an open window on their imaginative power. From no suggestion, actors and musicians take you to different universes, discovered in front of you, from spontaneously created sets.
Slapdash International Ensemble – For the first time ever, we present the Slapdash International Cast. These performers auditioned and were selected to train for the first time together the week of the festival and headline Friday night. These performers are experienced improvisers, actors and musicians from six countries (UK, US, Canada, Italy, Germany and Peru) and will be presenting an improvised one act play directed by Austin based director, Jon Bolden of The Hideout Theatre.
Decibel – In everyday life, what do we do when we want to express ourselves but it’s impossible to speak? Decibel, using the art of mime and bodily fluency, offers spectators the opportunity to immerse themselves in situations, real or not, where language is not possible. Accompanied by a musician-percussionist who participates interactively in the creation of the stories, they will bring you to realistic and surprising universes.
The Society for the Improvement of Mankind in all its flaws and Wonders – The Society is part-show and part self-help group. Don’t worry, you are already a member. The Society is composed of all of those who believe in the great and unrealised potential of mankind, including Nursery improvisers and even members of the audience. The Society improvise what is, was and should be. Mankind needs us all.