Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera
We are back for  Season 24 of Bristol’s favourite comedy hit and best thing about Mondays, at the Wardrobe Theatre,  on Monday 23rd May 2022 and every other Monday until the 1st August. Before then, we are at the Wardrobe Theatre with our show No Expectations: The Unscripted Dickens. To get our newsletter, discounted tickets and our  news, join our Neighbourhood Watch


No Expectations: The Unscripted Dickens: Tues 17th/Weds 18th/Thurs 19th May 31st May/1st/2nd June at the Wardrobe Theatre at 7.30pm

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, start of Season 24:  Monday 23rd May (and every other Monday at the Wardrobe Theatre until 1st August)

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, our 200th Episode! Two act special, a whole lot of fun, Monday 6th June 2022

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the longest improvised narrative in the world. This spontaneous soap opera is Bristol’s cult comedy show; every episode is dramatic, hilarious and entirely improvised. Who knows what’ll happen next? We certainly don’t!

Our company is comprised of some of the hottest theatre talent in the city and when we get together we make something truly special. We want to melt minds and capture hearts with brilliant, truthful, dynamic improvisation. Or die trying.

Please help us survive Covid-19 by donating  through the link or by COMING TO OUR SHOWS! We are so happy to be back and we are so grateful for your support.



‘Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.’B24/7
Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!David Lloyd, BBC screenwriter (Doctors, EastEnders)
So consistently gripping it‘s incredible to think it‘s created off the cuff!Visit Bristol
‘Moments of creative genius, splendid on the spot wit and comic timing, stemming from the whole cast.’Bristol Prospectus
‘I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter induced by the cast’s impressive, and always comical, ability to improvise.’Inter:Mission Bristol
Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.★★★★ Stage Talk





Over the years we have discovered it is a small town somewhere on the south coast of England. In Newtown you can find cliffs, a hill called Lyle Hill, a river, a park, a town square, a pub and an ever-expanding roster of shops including well-known chain stores and esoteric local retailers.

Occasionally found elsewhere, but mostly living, loving and lurking in Newtown, are this particular bunch of humans.

  • Click and flip away to meet Newtown’s inhabitants.
Character List
  • Fred Gonzalez (Andrew Kingston)
  • Big Dick Johnson (John Lomas)
  • Candi Johnson (Alice Lamb)
  • Constance Sugar (Lindsey Garwood)
  • Anthony Pewell (Andy Kelly)
  • Arthur James ‘AJ’ Shaw (Matthew Whittle)
  • Mr. R Simpkins III (Sean Duffy)
  • Gina Pitts (Rachael Lane)
  • Debita Webra (Peta Maurice)
  • Eliza Thornfield (Annette Chown)
  • Pablo Jones/Jewell Pewell (Peter Baker)

    Get to know the characters better

    Catchup with the current season

    Episode 23.9: ‘If the shoe fits…’

    After being kicked out of the hotel by Simpkins, Constance goes to Just Gina’s and demands they hand over the ...
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    Episode 23.8: ‘Ouija marry me?’

    AJ Shaw is in pieces, believing he has killed his ex Debita Webra, the woman he still loves. Constance Sugar ...
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    Episode 23.7: ‘Like a bulldozer in a china shop”

    Candi is in dire straits. AJ Shaw has said that he will bulldoze both of the Johnsons’ pubs and turn ...
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    Episode 23.6: ‘Who let the dogs out?’

    Constance has gone to Newtown Council to find out why Geraldine signed off a million-pound loan and more importantly, to ...
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    Episode 23.5: ‘Damn your eyes!’

    Anthony has returned to his Newtown mansion, where his ex-girlfriend Debita has been staying for the last few months. Debita, ...
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    Episode 23.4: ‘Aw, shucks! A Valentine’s Special’

    AJ has left Newtown to rediscover himself in Teignmouth and mend his broken heart. Coincidentally, Constance is on a spa ...
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    Episode 23.3: ‘At least you have your health…and safety’

    Lady Saffron is desperate for money and approaches Debita offering her services as a housekeeper. Debita, however, is missing AJ ...
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    Episode 23.2: ‘Four in a Bed: The Facon It Special’

    Storm Barry is approaching Newtown, and Gina and Dick’s power has gone out at the pub. Luckily, AJ invites them ...
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    Episode 23.1: ‘A Bramble Close Shave!’

    It is New Year's Day in Newtown. Gina and Candi have terrible hangovers but Gina wants to be alone to ...
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    Our Fans


    Of course we appreciate EVERYONE that comes to watch the show, we want those that watch one episode when they are passing through to enjoy it as much as anyone else. However, there is a special place in our collective Closer Each Day heart for our die-hard fans, the ones that come back again and again and the crazy ones that have never missed a single show.

    We love you, we treasure you, we never want to lose you! You have helped make the show what it is today and we thank you for your continuing support, we hope to see you at our shows for a long time to come.


    Closer Each Day is the world’s longest improvised narrative and Bristol’s cult hit of a spontaneous soap opera.
    Join us at The Wardrobe Theatre every two weeks. If you cannot make the show, follow the live tweeting below:


    TOM BRENNAN This crazily talented individual is the founder of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera. We owe it all to him! He is a director, performer and writer and is part of the Wardrobe Ensemble. He is no longer a regular in the show but you can sometimes catch him in a cameo, what a star!

    THE BRISTOL IMPROV THEATRE: We are proud to be connected to the UK’s first dedicated theatre of improvisation. It is a wonderful place for improvisers, theatre-goers and for curious people who just pop in and then keep coming back for more. Every year at the BIT we put on the Bristol Improv Marathon, an insane and joyous event which brings together the whole impro community for 26 hours non-stop. Now held at the BIT are sessions of the Unscripted Players, the brain-child of John Lomas, this is the UK’s first amateur company of improvised theatre and we love their appetite for playing!

    THE WARDROBE THEATRE is where we perform fortnightly, its co-directors have all been involved with our show and have made it what it is today. We may be biased, but this theatre consistently brings excellent productions to people at affordable prices. To top it all off, you can first stop off at the Old Market Assembly for a drink or delicious food, makes for a perfect night out.

    OTHER IMPRO TROUPES & COMPANIES: Our cast is a hotpot of creative oomph and can be found in the celebrated Degrees of Error, Impromptu Shakespeare, Tremolo Theatre, The Unnamed, Beyond the Ridiculous, Wardrobe Theatre Originals and more. They just can’t get enough!

    OLIVER PARK: A fan of the show and a fantastic award-winning filmmaker who created and directed our incredible trailer. Didn’t we tell you we love our fans? Well, we really love this guy.

    Our Inspirations

    PATTI STILES is our Spiritual Godmother. She comes to watch our show, critique it, work with us and even play with us. She is light and love and sees things with such clarity we swear she has magical powers. Patti trained at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, with the man himself – Keith Johnstone (another inspiration of ours). She was a founding member of Die Nasty, An Improvised Soap Opera (see below), has taught and performed all over the world and if there was a kind of global improvisers’ league table she would be at the very top of it.

    DIE NASTY is the original improvised soap opera that intrigued us and got us started. They began in Edmonton, Canada back in 1991 and are still going strong. In 2006 they received the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Troupe and in 2007 they received special recognition from the Governor of Alberta for getting to their 500th episode. Just in case you were wondering how they could be going for so long and yet we claim to have the longest improvised narrative in the world – unlike us, each of their seasons is set in a different place, with different characters.

    SOAPS. We would not have a show and a shared language without EastEnders, Coronation Street, Home and Away and the rest. Also, all the fantastic TV series you get these days; Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones etc, for their stake-raising and sharp editing.

    THE SHOWSTOPPERS. They have put in the hours and richly deserve their Olivier Award. Their commitment and support on stage is a joy to watch and they keep on challenging themselves and showing the world that improvisation can create the best theatre experience of all.