Episode 14.3: Wicket Keeper’s Desire

Still stuck together with hair gel, Constance and a newly-confident Reg roam the town, attempting to make people befriend Constance. They have limited success. Meanwhile, Fred is wandering about completely hammered. At the pub, Gina and AJ discuss loneliness. Gina misses Dick and AJ is yearning for Eliza. They decide to do something nice for Eliza and go decorate her bookshop with bunting.

After a blazing row, Candy and Eliza bury the hatchet and become friends. Eliza even gives Candy a job at her shop. Back across town, the hair gel wears off and Reg and Constance finally come unstuck. But without his confidence-inspiring gel, Reg plunges to new depths of awkwardness and angst. He seeks out the lovelorn AJ and they form an introspective indie rock duo.

Memorable Moments:

  • Fred’s naming of all the ales in the pub (bizarre names, such as the title of this show summary!)
  • Gina and AJ’s paper-people chain that looks like a ‘mutant elephant orgy’
  • Various Bunting Dances including the inimitable ‘We’re Putting Up the Bunting’

Will Reg find new confidence in song-writing?
Will Fred ever sober up?
Will AJ ask Eliza on a date?
How will Candi get on in her new job?

Find out in Episode 4 of Season 14 of Closer Each Day at The Wardrobe Theatre 16th October 2017

Season 14.2: Baby Bumps and Back Row Humps

Reg, recently crowned Mr Newtown, gets a further boost to his confidence when hairstylist Monica gives him some hair gel – he believes it makes him suave and smooth, indeed a whole new man called Regford! Constance is not enjoying her victory as much, as she did cheat and it has not made her any friends. When Regford comes along she tries some of his hair gel and their heads get stuck together, what else to do then but got see a film and get fruity on the back row?! Over at the pub, Gina is trying to help Pablo find the fun in life – but first he has to face his pain. After much self-flagellation, Gina gives him a motherly cuddle but leaps to the other side of the room in shock when Pablo kisses her!

Meanwhile, AJ has noticed that Monica is pregnant, but is distracted when new book shop owner in town, Eliza, appears at the hair salon – he went to school in Oldtown with her and has been in love with her ever since. Eliza has already met Candi Johnson at her bookshop and shut her into the storeroom with the books to try and help her find herself. Simpkins comes along and thinks that Candi is making up Eliza, she becomes convinced that Eliza is imaginary and takes some convincing she isn’t when Eliza comes back. Candi then feels Eliza needs to be taught a lesson (even though she has offered Candi a job) and shut in her own storeroom, but things get out of hand and Eliza gets a punch in the face. AJ arrives to tell Eliza he loves her and is shocked to see her bruised and bloody face!

Memorable Moments:

  • Pablo whipping himself with a towel to get his pain out
  • Reg’s incredible Tom Waits-style spoken word song on his new smooth persona, Regford
  • Candi reading a few pages of Harry Potter and then thinking she should be a wizard

What will Gina do about Pablo’s kiss??
Is Regford here to stay?
Will Eliza forgive Candi and what will she do about AJ’s lingering love?

Find out in Episode Three of Season 14, on Monday 2nd October 2017 at the Wardrobe Theatre.

Episode 14.1: Newtown’s Got Talent

Simpkins is feeling under the weather. Harold is missing new love Pablo, Gina is missing fiance Big Dick – they are both worried their respective loves don’t feel the same way about them.

Meanwhile, A.J., Reg and Monica have formed a band, a kind of heavy folk affair. Candi is being tutored by Constance in the ways of being more of a female icon, Constance wants her to become Ms Newtown as a way to draw attention to herself, the woman who taught her everything she knows!

A.J. and Fred are the judges, nearly everyone else enters the competition. Reg wins Mr Newtown and then the tension rises to see if Monica or Candi will win Ms Newtown. Though Constance got down and dirty with him to ensure Candi won, Monica is announced as winner. However, Monica doesn’t want it once she realises how much it meant to Candi, Candi is let down by Constance’s cheating and wants Monica to have it…while they are being nice and polite to each other, Constance claims the trophy and announces she is Ms Newtown!

Memorable Moments:

  • Reg’s song about getting a new eye to replace the one lost in a football accident
  • Constance’s ballet dance
  • Candi’s Shakespearean ode for the talent section of the competition

Will Pablo come back to Harold?
Will winning Mr Newtown give Reg fresh confidence?
Will Candi ever trust Constance again?

Find out in Episode Two of Season 14, on Monday 18th September 2017 at the Wardrobe Theatre

Episode 13.14: Back To Skool (Edinburgh Fringe Fundraiser Special)

Monday 10th July 2017 at Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre.

Pablo and Candi are wondering what life would have been like at school when we are magically transported to the mid-1990s to witness an imagined history of Newtown High under Headmistress Constance Sugar. Her faculty include Mr Richard Johnson, Nurse Bucket and drama teacher Ms Tuesday who is planning a talent show and helping librarian Ms Thornfield find her voice.

Pablo wants to be one of the cool kids (a gang known as ‘The Jets’ made up of Reg, Candi and Gina) and is incited to shoplift and fight with head boy Jimmy Brightside. In retaliation, the uncool kids (Jimmy, Harold, Ivy and Monica) form their own gang called ‘The Sharks’, but as everyone is poised to battle, they realise the true enemy is the faculty! Descending on the staff room where Mrs Sugar has been trying to seduce Mr Johnson, the pupils demand the school be turned into a performing arts academy. Headmistress Sugar agrees and the transition is marked by a rousing Shakespearean song by Ms Thornfield.

Memorable Moments:

  • The moment when Reg realises the girl he has a crush on, the fossil loving Ivy, is in fact a Shark!
  • Pablo sneaking into Claire’s Accessories to shoplift a scrunchy, soundtracked by jazz funk.
  • Special guest appearances from Jimmy Brightside, Eliza Thornfield, Nurse Polly Bucket, Ms Tulip Tuesday and Ivy Nicholson.

How will these experiences influence Candi in Newtown today?
Will Pablo continue to dream of being one of the cool kids?
Was life really like that at school for the community?

Find out in Season 14 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

THIS IS SOAP – Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Closer Each Day Company are going to Edinburgh!
In association with C theatre, we present…

THIS IS SOAP

Scandalous, sexy and spontaneous, This Is Soap is the Edinburgh Fringe’s own month-long soap opera, this year brought to you by celebrated Bristol theatre company, Closer Each Day.

Join us on the seemingly normal street of Reachday Close, where every day we pick up the pieces from yesterday’s cliff-hanger and craft a new episode of high stakes drama live in front of your eyes.

Expect laughs, loves and lingering looks in this improvised soap opera; think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen by way of EastEnders. Who needs TV? This is drama. This is comedy. This is Soap.

When? Where?
2nd – 28th August @ C (+1), Venue 34, at 12.30pm every afternoon (50 mins)

“So consistently gripping it‘s incredible to think it‘s created off the cuff!”
Visit Bristol

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC screenwriter (Doctors, EastEnders)

“I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter!”
Inter:Mission

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.”
★★★★ Stage Talk

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!

CATCHUP WITH THIS IS SOAP – UPDATED DAILY!

Episode 13.13: Family Is The Most Important Thing

Monday 26th June 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Harold has invited Pablo and his long-lost sister, Monica, round for dinner. After some confusion, awkward romance, and manipulation from Pablo, Harold invites them both to move in!

Meanwhile, Rita wants to make Simpkins pay for everything he did to her but she’s taken aback when he apologises, citing that family is the most important thing. Meanwhile Scarlett has run away leaving AJ and Gina distraught, they too make up and vow to find her, with the help of Candi and Big Dick. Scarlett has hit the road with Reg, Billy and Suzi, searching for her real mother when Suzi drops a bombshell – she is Scarlett’s mum! Everyone catches up and at Gloucester Services, after lots of finger pointing, AJ reveals the truth: Suzi is pretending to be Scarlett’s mother as she is his stalker! Gina and Scarlett finally emotionally make up and after everyone hugs, Scarlett heads off – her birth mother is still out there!

Memorable Moments:

  • The monumental twist that Suzi wasn’t Scarlett’s real mother after all!
  • Reg commenting that Suzi drives a Ford Megan, not an Alterier Motive.
  • Candi alone scene after scene looking for someone to play Frisbee with her.

Will Scarlett ever find her real mother?
Will Suzi continue to stalk AJ?
How will Harold find living with Pablo and Monica?

Find out in Season 14 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.