Improv at Brighton Fringe 2024

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Hi Improvisers! 

It’s rapidly approaching May and the questions on everyone’s lips: 

How can we see all our favourite improvised comedy? 

How do we discover new and wonderful groups? 

How do we navigate fringey shows that are publicised in more than one place?

 

But never fear! Luckily for you, Jen (The Maydays/ AndAlso/ Impromptu Shakespeare) and Josh (Tea & Toast / Bla Bla Land / Hitch Your Wagon) have been scouring the internet for spontaneous shows for your delight (and study, if you’re an improv student). 

 

So cast your eyes on this selection, categorised by venue, and hopefully, we’ll see you laughing your socks off around town in May and June…

 

Also available in date order HERE

 

The Walrus – Basement Room

 

Acaprov – May 25th (3.15pm) & 26th / 27th (2.45pm)

https://brightonfringefest.co.uk/show.aspx?ShowID=8253

The Improvised A Capella Musical

The Walrus – Basement

 

Ben Van der Velde: Fablemaker – May 3rd – 5th (7pm)

Jump into an improvised comedy adventure with Ben as he raids the library of his fantastical imagination to create thrillers, romances, ghost stories and more

https://brightonfringefest.co.uk/show.aspx?ShowID=8260

Walrus – Raised Room

 

Hitch Your Wagon – 12th (2.45pm), 26th (1.30pm), 2nd (2.45pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/hitch-your-wagon/

Fringe sell-outs, Tea & Toast, present Hitch Your Wagon Take a trip to the old West and join rootin’ tootin’ improv cowboys for songs by the campfire.

The Walrus – Basement (Laughing Horse)

 

Komedia Studio

 

Crime Scene Improvisation – 11th (3.30pm/6pm), 1st June (3.30pm/6pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/csi-crime-scene-improvisation/

a rip-roaring crime comedy entirely made up on the spot to solve a surreal murder chosen by you, the audience.

Komedia Studio

 

Improbotics – Artificial Intelligence Improvisation – 26th & 27th (6pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/artificial-intelligence-improvisation/

A science comedy show hosted by an endearing robot

Komedia Studio

 

Your Flaws the Musical – 31st May (8.30pm), June 2nd (3.30pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/your-flaws-the-musical/

Self-described shortcomings inspire darkly hilarious & surprisingly heartfelt new musicals

Komedia Studio

 

Lying Together – May 4th (8.30pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/lying-together/

A black comedy about sex and deception.

Komedia Studio

 

The Actors

 

Gamez – May 4th & 5th (8pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/gamez-tv/

Shortform improv from one of Hoopla Impro’s long-established house teams!

The Actors

 

The Improvesarios – May 18th & 19th (8pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/the-improvesarios/

Using your suggestions, we improvise a brand new opera completely on the spot! 

The Actors

 

Bleach (Upstairs at the Hare and Hounds)

 

Yes Anderson – May 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th (6.45pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/yes-anderson-tales-from-the-tent/

Wes Anderson weirdness from improv stalwarts 

Bleach (Upstairs at the Hare and Hounds)

 

Do The Thing: Up to, but not exceeding, 10 musicals – May 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 29th, 30th, 31st (8pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/do-the-thing-up-to-but-not-exceeding-10-musicals/

Critically acclaimed fringe favourite, ‘Do the Thing’ with their unique concept in improvised comedy musicals.

Bleach (Upstairs at the Hare and Hounds)

 

Bla Bla Land: The Improvised Musical – May 3rd, 10th (6.45pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/bla-bla-land/

Tea & Toast are back presenting their sell-out warm and witty improvised comedy

Bleach (Upstairs at the Hare and Hounds)

 

Yellow Book

 

Improv the Dead – May 17th (5pm) & June 1st (4pm)

https://sweetvenues.com/whats-on/improv-the-dead2

The apocalypse as you’ve never seen it before – undead on stage! 

Yellow Book

 

Lesley Bloom Solves a Murder – May 22nd – 26th (7pm)

https://sweetvenues.com/whats-on/leslie-bloom-solves-a-murder

Leslie Bloom welcomes all new members to the Toddlingham Neighbourhood Watch. What could possibly go wrong?

Yellow Book

 

BOAT


Locomotive for Murder: The Improvised Whodunnit – May 11th (2pm & 7pm)

https://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/locomotive-for-murder-the-improvised-whodunnit-2/

The Improvised Whodunnit: a fully improvised murder mystery where the audience must help solve the case. 

Brighton Open Air Theatre

 

Impromptu Shakespeare – May 19th (2pm)

https://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/impromptu-shakespeare-2/

Hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose. The Bard is back! Story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time.

Brighton Open Air Theatre

 

A little note also, that our friends The Noise Next Door will be at BOAT on 27th July, Shake It Up Shakespeare on 12th September, and Tea & Toast’s Bla Bla Land on 19th Sept.

 

Other venues…

 

A.L.Ex. and the Improbots – 25th (5.15pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/a-l-ex-and-the-improbots-an-ai-show-for-kids/

An A.I. show for kids

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

 

It’s Not Cluedo – May 4th, 25th (1.30pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/its-not-cluedo/

Murder Mystery

Rotunda – Bubble

 

Rumourville – May 4th (10.30pm) & 5th (9.15pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/rumourville-improvised-comedy/

Have You Heard the Gossip? A small village community in which a single rumour ruins all!

Caxton Arms

 

AndAlso: An Improv Show – May 9th (7.30pm)

https://andalsoimprov.com/event/and-also-an-improv-show-9-may/

Improv is the art of right now, scenes created in the moment, for and with the audience.

Dalton’s

 

Comedians and (similar to but legally distinct from) Dragons – May 25th -31st /June 1st, 2nd (7.15pm)

https://brightonfringefest.co.uk/show.aspx?ShowID=8229

A D&D improv comedy show in a bar basement in front of a live audience.

Temple Bar (Upstairs)

 

Avocado Presents – June 2nd (9.30pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/avocado-presents/

An original one-act play every night

The Brunswick

 

Kerfuffle – May 11th & 12th (4.15pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/kerfuffle/

A fantastically fun blend of improvised games, scenes, stories and characters all performed with a fun playful energy in one big party of improv

Presuming Ed’s

 

Hmmm, kind of maybe improv, at least in places.

 

Dorks n Orks Live – May 5th (1.30pm), 12th, 19th, 26th,27th (4pm)

https://brightonfringefest.co.uk/show.aspx?ShowID=8264

Ideal for geeks, gamers…. and anyone who likes a bit of impro comedy.

The Walrus – Basement

 

Extra Topping Comedy Showcase – May 18th, 25th (8.30pm), June 1st (10.15pm)

https://sweetvenues.com/whats-on?page=2&append=1

Alternative comedy cabaret – weird wonderful and hilarious

Yellow Book

 

Sketchy Dialogues – May 21st – 24th (6.45pm)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/events/sketchy-dialogues/

Some sketch, some improv
The Caxton Arms

 

Around the edges of May/June fringe dates

 

Scoops – April 30th & 4th June (8pm)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scoops-improvised-comedy-night-tickets-866813942837

Improv cabaret night, with improv jam

The Actors

 

The Maydays present: Confessions! – June 7th (doors 7pm)

https://komediabrighton-tickets.komedia.co.uk/ticketbooth/shows/873485762/events/128528774

Taking your true-life confessions and turning them into comedy sketches and songs.

Komedia Studio

 

MC Hammersmith: Straight Outta Brompton – Apr 28th – (7.30pm)

https://www.theoldmarket.com/shows/mc-hammersmith

Multi-award-winning freestyle rap comedian. He is the world’s leading gangsta rapper to ever emerge from the ghetto of middle-class West London.

The Old Market

 

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