Nursery Originals

We wanted to find directors with drive and vision and give them everything they needed to create improvised theatre of ever greater scope and diversity.

Chris Mead
Co-artistic Director

Nursery Originals are developed, directed, and performed by improvisers from across the community with support from The Nursery.

Applications

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Auditions

september

08sep11:00 amStudent Ensemble Auditions11:00 am The Nursery Training Centre

13sep5:00 pmImpromptu Shakespeare Casting Call5:00 pm

Previous Originals

Boxed In

As both cats and small children know, cardboard boxes hold almost infinite possibilities for joy. They can be spaceships, dragons, far away mountains… we are limited only by our own imaginations. Boxed in creates the extraordinary and beautiful from the beige, the cuboid and the mundane.

Directed by Jennifer Jordan and Chris Mead

Happy In Their Own Way

Families are weird. They are cruel, crazy, loving, often inspiring and sometimes just downright awful. They are the people we turn to in a time of crisis, and the people who cause those very crises. No matter how hard you try, you can never escape them. But then, would you want to?

Happy in their Own Way is a combination of audience and cast stories, improvised scenes and maybe just a little smidgen of amateur psychology. Emotional and strange, with humour almost too close to the bone, find out if all happy families really are alike.

Directed by Jules Munns

Unbridled

Expect wild stallions, uncontrollable fillies (and horses too)! Set in an idyllic world of show-jumping and huge country houses, with a variety of animals and posh people behaving very badly while wearing jodhpurs, Unbridled is extremely silly, tongue in cheek and maybe just a little bit sexy.

Directed by Heather Urquhart

Behind the Scenes at Studio Mandlebrot

A splinter in time sends us back to the 1970s as a documentary crew from the British Broadwaving Corporation begins an exclusive and dangerous assignment: document life Behind the Scenes at Studio Mandelbrot (Revenge of the Jedi, A Toy’s Story). Despite operating with a near monopoly over the planet’s creative output, rumours persist of an eccentric and chronically underfunded work environment where underperforming staff disappear with a trace. Worse still, it’s reported that the studio’s latest flagship production might be undergoing last-minute revisions…

Directed by Harry Turnbull and Robert Armstrong

The Hero’s Journey

The kingdom is under threat. The corrupt king’s knights gallop across the land extorting innocent peasants, the Witch of the Eastern Forest has lost her most precious enchanted sword, and, to top it all off, there have been reports of a vast and hungry dragon circling the stormy skies. The realm only has one hope left – the ancient prophecy, many moons ago, foretold the coming of a hero, and their name is… oh, damn it all, who was it again?

Join a merry troupe of bards at Ye Olde Nursery Tavern (er, Theatre), as we tell an epic comedic tale of heroism, adventure, and magic.

Directed by Vicky Hawley

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Magicked!

Everyone loves Harry Potter, and in tribute to the world’s favourite pubescent wizard, each show assumes the form of an improvised tribute to Harry Potter. Featuring spells, adventures, heroes and villians; everything you remember… and perhaps a little more.

Directed by Jules Munns

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Acaprov

Hamilton meets Pitch Perfect… spontaneously improvised! Imagine a new kind of improvised musical: beatboxers, rappers, singers and body percussionists all of whom happen to be talented actors, coming together a capella to improvise a fresh new musical improv show that you’ll never forget!

Directed by Lisa Lynn

The Fauna of Penny Forest

Some kind of catastrophe has befallen the Fauna of Penny Forest. Will they rise up and overcome it, flee to pastures new, or die horribly? (You never know.) Come along and uncover/decide their fate in this colourful (mostly green) tale of triumph and trepidation, with an eclectic cast of slimy, scaly, feathered and furry friends, all chosen by you the audience!

Directed by Jenet Le Lacheur

Castles in the Air

Set out on a voyage of discovery inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli. Castles in the Air explores improvised tales of friendship and transformation, in worlds limited only by our imaginations. Take a break from life’s practicalities and be gently swept along with our lovable characters, where a happy ending is (almost) always guaranteed.

Directed by Jacqueline Black

Heads Might Roll

Things went wrong. Mistakes were made. Everyone’s pointing fingers, and the only responsible thing the government can do is to consolidate them all into one easily manageable fist; a fist at the end of the longest arm of the law – the ever-delayed, barely accountable (independent) inquiry.

Join a wholly independent panel of improvisers as they get to the bottom of the finest cock-up you can imagine, held to account only by your intervention. And all the while, the true(ish) story of what happened will unfold. Part political farce, part social satire – Heads Might Roll is a jolly, carefree romp through everything that’s wrong with the modern world.

Things went wrong. Mistakes were made. Heads Might Roll. But they almost certainly won’t.

Directed by Arfie Mansfield

Carmen

Sultry and cool, Carmen is a gender-swapped Film Noir fantasy. Step into a world of drama, tension, sex and intrigue, where the struggle between good and evil is real and personal. Follow the exploits of classic Noir characters with a twist as they confront death, life, and exploitation in this stylish and intoxicating piece.

Directed by Stephen Davidson

The Dreamweaver Quartet

The Dreamweaver Quartet invite you to close your eyes and open up your third eye. The room is dark, the incense is burning, the potion we gave you is taking you into a deep state of relaxation. Now tell us of your strangest dreams and we shall make them manifest through music, dance and storytelling.

Directed by James Witt

United

United is an improvisation show played with the energy of a sports match and the spirit of a sports team. No polite applause here; the United squad are going to ignite the crowd. We’ll cheer for scenes like they’re goals, roar for the actors like they’re athletes, and turn the theatre into a stadium.

Directed by Juwel Haque

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

The Owls Are Not What They Seem invites you into a strange little town in Washington State, replete with strange inhabitants and ventures into the unknown. Loosely inspired by the groundbreaking television works of David Lynch, each unscripted episode will chart a brand new hidden mystery in a sleepy town torn apart by the forces of good and evil.

Directed by Jonah Fazel and Audra Goffeney.

This event is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Twin Peaks Productions, Inc., David Lynch, CBS or Showtime Networks Inc. or the TWIN PEAKS franchise.

Flashbulb

Photos are everywhere. On your Facebook, on Instagram, Twitter. Every day we kayak through an river of images. We’re all responsible for the flood: everyone has a camera now. The button is pressed. The flash ignites. The light blinds. A moment is captured.

But what’s the truth behind the picture? What happened before the flash-bulb lit? What happened afterwards? Who is this person, really, Away from the pose? Where are they from, and where are they going? If a picture paints a thousand words, then a photo poses a thousand questions. In Flashbulb, we answer them.

Directed by Max Dickins

[EMOTION] Play

Look at the city and let the years fall away. Watch as skyscrapers retract back into the ground; as grass bristles along the pavements and the air grows still and clear. Brick becomes stone becomes wood becomes clay. You live here. This patch of earth. This world in potentia. And all of history churns beneath your feet.

A series of entirely improvised and entirely interconnected stories that play out on a canvas that spans 200 millennia and 12 foot square. Dozens of lives, loves, comedies and tragedies unfolding throughout time with a single thing in common. They all happened here.

Directed by Chris Mead

Open Roads

An improvised road trip movie driven by your song suggestions.

Open Roads – paths to chase your future or escape your past. Four people on a road trip. Hopes and struggles lie along their path, music blares from the radio and destiny lies just across the horizon. It might be funny but it could be sad, angry or just plain beautiful.

Inspired by movies like Everything Is Illuminated, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Little Miss Sunshine. Based on the game Ribbon Drive by Avery Mcdaldno. Give us your music, let’s make a mixtape and head for open roads.

Directed by Michael Such & Luke Beahan

The Restaurant

When you sit down to a meal in a restaurant, do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Have you ever been on one side of a wall and wondered what is on the other side? Or looked across at a couple and wondered what they are talking about?

In The Restaurant we give you permission to eavesdrop on the conversation at the next table. In fact, we insist on it. Peer into other people’s lives as they are made and destroyed at dinner. Then pop into the kitchen to find out whether head chefs are really all perfectionist bastards and whether the pan washer deserves the way he is treated.

Directed by Jinni Lyons

So

Welcome, stranger. Sit down around the fire with us, let us open our sacred book and tell you stories. Do you know of the origin of the gods and how men became men? Do you know why the world turns as it does and when it will stop turning? Let us tell you. Yes, we are masters of our destiny, but we are also blown by the wind. Let us tell you tales of heroes and villains and kings and queens and devils. They are just like us, but unlike us in so many ways. We will tell you of them. So – The Improvised Book of Myths features mighty gods, bizarre creatures and flawed people. Who knows, perhaps you will see yourself in there, and learn why humans are as they are.

Directed by Jules Munns

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