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.

Episode 13.6: Full Moan, Half Parents, Total Eclipse (with Special Guest Patti Stiles)

Monday 20th March 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Scarlett is totally shaken by the news Gina is not her birth mother and lashes out angrily at Gina, AJ and Bick Dick. Meanwhile a lonely Fred finds solace in the company of Suzi who admits she’s long had a crush on him and the pair kiss. Across town, Candi and Simpkins are showing a mysterious visitor called Maple Newtown’s famous eagle statue which disappears every eclipse. Later Maple reveals she is an alien sent to Earth to explore the habits of these interesting creatures called “humans”, she kisses Candi and Simpkins tenderly, returns the statue and leaves.

Reg has vowed to leave Newtown for good but his path takes him to the cliffs where he spies an emotional Pablo and Harold debating their relationship. Reg takes the opportunity to step in and as Pablo’s heart breaks, he hurls himself off the cliff edge – followed quickly by Reg and Harold who tussle and fall!

More photos from this episode here.

Memorable Moments:

  • Scarlett ripping out her hair and hippy accoutrements during her furious outburst
  • The twist when Maple revealed she was not of this world: “Humans are interesting…”
  • The multiple solar eclipses that hit Newtown in one day!

Will Scarlett ever be the same again?
Is this the beginning of something special between Suzi and Fred?
Will Reg, Harold and Pablo survive their fall from the cliffs?

Find out in Episode 7 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.5: Oh, Sweet Child Of Mine

Monday 6th March 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Having been kicked off the cliff edge, Harold is battered and bruise but when Pablo finally finds him (after battling his mother’s voice in his head), all Harold wants is a kiss. Meanwhile, Billy tries to prove to Big Dick that he is worthy of the Johnson name by stealing a huge fridge-freezer.

Across town, although being at a crossroads in his own life, Fred helps AJ find the courage to tell his daughter Scarlett that he is back in town. In the pub, AJ asks Scarlett to choose between him and her mother (a furious Gina who overhears everything) and eventually reveals to Scarlett the truth – she is adopted!

Memorable Moments:

  • Although being held-up by Big Dick Johnson by the back of his collar, Billy slowly and quietly escaping from his jacket and fleeing
  • Frequent references to Newtown’s cocktails including Mick Hucknall’s Rucksack and Pat Sharp’s Top Hat
  • AJ psyching himself up to Guns ‘n’ Roses

How will Scarlett react to the news she is adopted?
Will Pablo and Harold’s love survive this survival?
Can Fred make friends and find happiness again?

Find out in Episode 6 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.4: Cliffhangers

Monday 20th February 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Gina is sad and drunk because she’s not heard from Bid Dick. Dick’s been busy fulfilling his death contract to Fred and now, high up on the cliffs outside Newtown, Billy hangs on for dear life. In desperation, Candi (who is also dangling there after trying to help save Billy) reveals that she is Dick’s long-lost niece and the astonished Dick hoists them both back to safety – they shall all be Johnsons now!

Reg is low but in a nearby travel lodge bonds with AJ (back in Newtown to settle down) who swears to stand up to anyone who hurts his new best friend. Meanwhile, Harold is having an awkward tea date with Pablo. Nervous electricity crackles between them but they agree to take things slow. Later as Harold strolls the cliffs, AJ jumps out and appears to kick Harold over the cliff edge!

Memorable Moments:

  • Harold being teased mercilessly by Gina about sharing a teabag with Pablo.
  • AJ and Reg excitedly playing Buckaroo.
  • Several references to the Johnson genes calling out between Candi and Big Dick.

Will Harold survive being Buckaroo’d off the cliffs by AJ?
How will Candi and Billy find life as a Johnson?
Is this the beginning of something between Pablo and Harold?

Find out in Episode 5 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.

Episode 13.3: Fine Art, Families & Flamingos

Monday 6th February 2017 at The Wardrobe Theatre.

As a storm brews over Newtown the depressed Harold wanders lonely as a cloud, while secret artist Constance weeps over her long-absent lover Spencer, vowing to remain silent until his return. Meanwhile, still pining for his ex-wife, Rita, the newly-vested Simpkins has opened a modern art gallery where Pablo is struck by Constance’s powerful depictions of town life.

Across town, Billy is having financial problems: not only has his business venture with a repentant Fred failed but he’s struggling to get rent off his two new lodgers, Candi and Scarlett. Scarlett is torn between living with her new best friend and staying at home with her mother but in the end Gina wins out and gets both Candi and Scarlett to move in. Buoyed by her lover Big Dick, a seemingly perfect nuclear family is formed… but will Candi be able to hide her dismay at living with Dick, her secret uncle?

Memorable Moments:

  • Big Dick getting a new haircut making him feel like a flamingo.
  • Constance using contemporary dance to express her pain.
  • Gina’s sexy seduction of Big Dick Johnson in Candi’s redecorated bedroom.
  • Pablo’s detailed and emotional descriptions of Constance’s artworks in the art gallery

Will Candi be able to handle the torment of living with Dick, her secret uncle?
How long will Constance’s vow of silence last?
When will Scarlett learn the truth of her adoption?

Find out in Episode 4 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.