What is Thursday Night Lights #TNL?
It’s a hybrid improv jam/show like no other!
It’s part jam, part workshop and part show. Each week we welcome three acts, some of whom are newer to improv or trying something new, and anyone can play in our three specially curated jam sessions that help bring out the best of everyone. Each jam section has its own distinct feel, including our patented ‘concept jam’ where you get to flex improv muscles you didn’t even know you had.
Want to jam at #TNL? Scroll down to check out the dates for this season’s upcoming shows! Want to bring your team to play at #TNL? Applications are open for our Autumn season; hit the button to see more about the process, and apply!
What happens at #TNL?
Everyone gets to warm up and know each other before the show and is guaranteed plenty of stage time in a warm, encouraging atmosphere to grow and sharpen their improvisation skills. Alongside the Jam, each week at #TNL, we also have an amazing line-up of acts; a selection of the UK’s finest and emerging improv talent. It’s a place where you’ll see a mix of the most experienced performers on the circuit trying out something new, and brand new groups cutting their teeth in a supportive setting, meaning you could be jamming alongside some of the most seasoned improvisers on the circuit in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
So, whether you come to watch, or play, or both, #TNL is the perfect improv night for you!
8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, PWYW
To take part in any of the Jam sections, you must arrive for 7pm to register – read on to learn more.
How the night works
7.00pm – Arrival and registration. We will greet you and get an idea of who you are and which of the jams you would like to try. We’ll then feed this data through an incredibly complex algorithm to create the perfect show for everyone that night.
7.15pm – Collective warm up*. This is a big part of the night. If you’d like to play, come and warm up together. Some games, a few scenes. You will get on the same page with the others who are there, connect and feel ready to make some beautiful improv!
8.00pm – The Show. Different every week, in format, content and tone. We will be trying out jam formats, working with open scenes, games and short sets. Plus some wonderful experimental stuff and occasional guest headliners. You’re very welcome to show up at this time if you’d like to just watch rather than play.
10pm – Beer and cuddles. We will congratulate each other and share what we thought was great, form new groups and friendships, and bask in the glory of shared creation.
*Please note that in order to make this a fun and safe space for everyone, we ask that all players wishing to play in the Jams are present for warm up!
Photos: Bob Stafford