If you are thinking “Whose Line is it Anyway”, the Channel 4 improv TV comedy game show that is still improv-ing on to this day, then you are usually well served at Fringe Festivals. From the usual audience suggestion format for a range of scenes, stories, songs and so on performed unscripted before you eyes, the field has diversified and somewhat deepened. Anyway, there’s plenty of this stuff on offer at Brighton Fringe 2019.
You can also dig a bit deeper (as we have) and find other forms of improvised theatre on offer that are part of different improvisation traditions. Long-form improvisation stretches one story or scenario to sometimes an hour or more, and there are also improvised musicals and improvised novels (some with or without audience suggestions.
So, what do you want to see?
Here are a few suggestions. We’ll be adding more during the Fringe.
I want to see…
… an improvised comedy murder mystery. Then see fringe regulars CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation
…some improvised Shakespeare. Then see Impromptu Shakeapeare
… an imprpvised homage to Oscar-winning movie ‘La La Land’. Then see Bla Bla Land
… some impro comedy legends. Then see The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-in
… an improvised twisted musical tale inspired by Tim Burton and The Brothers Grimm. Then see The Maydays present Happily Never After
… some edgy improv – brand new improv games with “extreme twists”. Then see Extreme Improv
… an anarchic night of improvised murder mystery that has hosted performers including Josie Lawrence, Rachel Parris, and Miles Jupp. Then see Criminal
… a fully improvised play. Then see Between Us
… something very different – an improv comedy show and a live Turing test science experiment, as an actual artificial intelligence-based chatbot tries to pass as human as it sends lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. Then see Artificial Intelligence Improvisation
… an evening, made-up musical. Then see Do the Thing: The Made Up Musical
… an improvised criminal comedy caper. Then see Stealing the Show
… some acclaimed cabaret-style comedy and musical improv. Then see Dragprov Revue
… a some comedy improv biopic about the secret lives of celebrities, creating a unique biopic documentary each night on stage. Then see Off the Cuff’s Chaotic Biopic
… a fairly and funnily improvised interactive adventure game show. Then see John Robertson’s cult classic: John Robertson: The Dark Room
… some semi-improvised free comedy. Then see Family Values
… an improvised (c0medy) in a real church. Then see An Improvised Funeral
… improvised myths and legends. Then see The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends
… a completely improvised musical. Then see Notflix
… a combination of clowning, stand-up, storytelling and gameplay that gives the audience the opportunity to create the ultimate relationship ‘to do list’. Then see I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight …?
… a night of comedy and chaos as a family inspired by your suggestions has an entirely improvised reunion. Then see Family Secrets
… some competitive sexy, sizzling comedy impro in which improvisers couple up and attempt to make each other (and the audience) laugh through a series of silly games in an attempt to stay in the show. Then see Laugh Island
… some family friendly afternoon impro in which award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories all based on the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Then see The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Check back during the Fringe for more recommendations.
The rest of our Brighton Fringe coverage is here.