Episode 13.12: Blind Fury

Rita has returned to town, haunted by memories of her ex-husband Simpkins’ cruelty. While Dick and Gina rekindle their love through extended metaphors, Harold is furious at losing his (missing, presumed dead) love, Pablo. He goes on a rampage. Candy, Bunny and AJ try to hunt him down but instead find Pablo alive and well! The two lovers are reunited at last- only for Pablo to discover that Harold has trashed his salon!

During a game of football with Billy, Reg loses an eye. Scarlett appears, still angry at Gina and desperate to find herself. The trio head to Newtown archives to discover her birth mother’s identity. Finally they get a name- Juliet Pickles Shawshank- and head off on a quest to find her.

Memorable Moments

  • Dick and Gina’s sexy lizard kiss
  • Harold finding his beloved Pablo alive
  • The Audience being asked to clap for a very, very long time while we did some filming for a trailer- thanks again, everyone

Will Scarlet find her birth mother?
Can Pablo forgive Harold?
What will Rita do when she meets Simpkins?
Will we get to see more of Gina and Dick doing weird sexy stuff?

Find out in Episode 13 of Closer Each Day

Episode 13.11: Once Upon a Star…

Monday 29th May 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

After her drunken tryst with Reg, Gina is desperate for Big Dick’s forgiveness. She eventually convinces him she will do anything to make it up to him. Elsewhere, new arrival Bunny Smith has been ejected from The Guild of Star People but Candi misunderstands her explanations about the cult and assumes she is literally from the stars: an alien!

Meanwhile, The Lake Survivors (Fred, AJ, Simpkins and Harold) meet to formalise their new Freemason-style group. Their first task is to make Harold happy again and AJ encourages him to smash up Pablo’s salon so he can move on. But Harold is still grieving for his dead love and Fred sees that this is not the answer for his son’s broken heart. Pablo is not dead however but still lost at sea! He is finally saved by a passing cruise ship, having been spotted by beautician Monica. The two of them have a lot in common and after talking about their childhoods, realise that they are long-lost siblings!

Memorable Moments:

  • The Lake Survivors’ initiation ceremony as they, oops, missed the chair!
  • Genuinely touching scenes as Gina tries to win back Big Dick’s love
  • Fred’s freewheeling verse in The Lake Survivors’ rock song as Harold smashes up the salon

Has Big Dick really decided to forgive and forget Gina’s betrayal?
What is Bunny searching for in Newtown?
Can Monica help Pablo make it back to Newtown?

Find out in Episode 12 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.10: Death By Chocolate

Monday 15th May 2017 at The Bristol Improv Theatre.

The challenge is set: Billy must catch in his mouth the chocolate Big Dick throws his way, or Dick will kill him. Luckily Billy (just) manages it, a brush with death that provokes him to get in touch with his mother. Meanwhile, AJ and Simpkins are boating on a lake but suddenly they get caught in a violent electric storm! Harold and Fred spot them from the hospital and rush in to help. All four are about to drown, when at the last minute, a passing Billy sees their plight and manages to rescue them. Elated, they form a secret league of The Lake Survivors.

In Calais, Reg and Gina are having wild, steamy sex in a Travelodge. Reg is smitten, but Gina fears what will happen when Dick finds out. Reg resolves to kill his love rival upon their return to Newtown; however, Dick has been tipped off by insider Paul and instead Gina and Reg find themselves caught in another lethal game of Catch The Chocolate. They escape with their lives, but Paul gets butchered with a model antler.

Memorable Moments:

  • Fred, Harold, AJ and Simpkins floundering about in the lake
  • Gina’s fantasy montage of all the ways Big Dick is more macho than Reg
  • Dick’s confused phone conversation with Paul, who keeps confusing Dick with John

Is there a new love triangle between Gina, Dick and Reg?
What will become of the Storm Survivors?
Will Dick ever run out of chocolate eggs?

Find out in Episode 11 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.9: Mayday! Mayday! (SS Great Britain Special)

Monday 1st May 2017 at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

As Reg and Simpkins visit the historic docksides of Bristol, we flashback to 1852 and witness an untold voyage of the SS Great Britain between Newtown and Melbourne!

As the ship departs Newtown harbour, tavern wench Georgina smuggles aboard and ingratiates herself with the crew (including romantically with ship-hand Harold). In the first class cabins Lady Constance can see through Lord Reginald’s love poems, knowing he only wants to inherit her father’s mining fortune. She seeks to start a new life in Australia and finds a kindred spirit in warm-hearted chancer William de Burgh – while Lord Reginald too falls for another, in ship’s maid Susannah Shlovely.

Prisoner Richard Johnson ‘The Large’ has been brought aboard to face justice in Australia. He manages to turn Chief Engineer Spencer and ship’s cook Simpkins against Captain Pablo and stages a mutiny, ultimately ending in the Captain’s poisoning and death! Richard Johnson assumes the captaincy and with his new powers, marries the three couples as well as himself to Spencer!

More photos from this episode here.

Memorable Moments:

  • Captain Pablo making a sacrifice to the “Sail Away” sirens whilst passing the Orinoco Strait.
  • The momentary carnage onboard as the ship survives a titanic encounter with an iceberg.
  • All the crew coming out on deck one by one to take part in the traditional morning stretches.
  • Lady Constance and Lord Reginald gazing out of their porthole at sea creatures, passing ships and a desert island.

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

Read the full review here.

Will these historic revelations have any kind of effect on the wider community?
Where will Reg and Simpkins visit next on their history travels?
Were these stories just tall tales or was their some truth to these historic happenings?

Find out in Episode 10 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.8: The Tale of the Easter Bunny, the Camel and the Monkey (Easter Special)

Monday 17th April 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Harold is still in hospital, recovering from his fall from the cliff and grieving for lost love Pablo. Suzi tries to comfort him, hoping that she will win him over as she really fancies his dad, Fred. Meanwhile, Harold’s ex, Reg, is inspired by an Easter balloon to be free and weightless and go off on adventure. As luck would have it, he bumps into Gina who is heading to Calais on her jet-ski to stock up the pub with cheap spirits. In Calais, after a boozy dinner, Reg invites Gina to share a room with him! Meanwhile Pablo is alive but dishevelled and pissed off. He is determined to swim back to Newtown and Harold.

Back in Newtown, Billy is on the run from his potential assassin, Big Dick Johnson. Billy hides in plain sight in the guise of various Bank Holiday deities, but Big Dick eventually discovers him and plays a game of catching Easter foods in his mouth which, if Billy loses, will end in his death!

Memorable Moments

  • Billy hiding in a bin in the alley, Big Dick arriving to choose a bin to piss in
  • Pablo devouring a rabbit raw to get strength for his journey
  • Harold and the Easter Bunny having flashbacks about what has made them sad
  • Billy’s maintaining his Easter Camel under Big Dick’s long-lasting stare

Will Reg and Gina get it on in Calais?
Will Pablo be able to swim all the way back home?
Will Big Dick kill Billy?

Find out in Episode 9 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.7: Pablo Is Dead(ish)

Monday 3rd April 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Harold, Reg and Pablo are falling from the cliff! Harold and Reg end up in hospital whilst everyone else goes to Pablo’s funeral. His body was unrecovered and he is actually far out at sea, deciding once and for all to prove his dead mother wrong and survive! Suzi really likes Fred but feels tongue-tied around him, Fred likes her too but tells her that right now a distraught Harold is his number one priority. After the adoption bombshell, Scarlett tells Gina she is moving out and Gina tries to feel better by finding new hobbies, including jetskiing.

Meanwhile, Billy is being pressed into work as a waiter at Simpkins’ hotel restaurant. As Big Dick Johnson is angry at Billy for failing as an honorary Johnson, Simpkins is using Billy as bait to lure Big Dick to the hotel and into custody by the police but when Scarlett (seeking space away from her parents) enters unexpectedly, Billy makes a hasty escape!

Memorable Moments

  • The lives of Pablo, Harold and Reg flashing before their eyes as they slow motion fall from the cliff.
  • The gasp of shock from the audience as Pablo’s funeral is announced.
  • Pablo swimming all the way up the theatre stairs while swearing at his dead mother.

How will Harold cope with the loss of Pablo?
Will Pablo make it back to Newtown?
Will Gina be able to let go of her heartache and guilt?

Find out in Season Episode 8 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.