Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera
Performed every other Monday at 7.30pm at The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West Street, Bristol, BS2 ODF.

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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.


Closer Each Day: Season 19 at the Wardrobe Theatre

  • Monday, 13th January 2020
  • Monday, 27th January 2020
  • Monday, 10th February 2020
  • Monday, 24th February 2020
  • Monday, 9th March 2020
  • Monday, 23rd March 2020
  • Monday, 6th April 2020
  • Monday, 20th April 2020
  • Monday, 4th May 2020
  • Monday, 18th May 2020
  • Monday, 1st June 2020
  • Monday, 15th June 2020

Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale (on tour!)

The STEAMED 2019 tour is kindly supported by Arts Council England



‘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)
• Pablo Jones (Peter Baker)
• Candi Johnson (Alice Lamb)
• Constance Sugar (Lindsey Garwood)
• Rita Meter (Lucy Harrington)
• Spencer Spencer (Chris Collier)
• Reg Longstick (Andy Kelly)
• Arthur James ‘AJ’ Shaw (Matthew Whittle)
• Mr. R Simpkins III (Sean Duffy)
• Gina Pitts (Rachael Lane)
• Eliza Thornfield (Annette Chown)

Get to know the characters better

Catchup with the current season

Episode 18.7: ‘Love bomb’

Fred and Debbie bump into each other and they decide that the orgiastic foursome is over - Fred wants to ...
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Episode 18.6: ‘Mixed doubles’

After getting in touch with his anger last week, AJ is now exploring the next most enjoyable of the deadly ...
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Episode 18.5: Treehouse of Horror

Big Dick Johnson is still in prison and as further punishment for misdemeanours he is sentenced to spend Halloween, his ...
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Episode 18.4: Let the right one chin

Debbie and Anthony have been getting intimate on Eliza's sofa, but Debbie spoils the mood by revealing she is Fred's ...
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Episode 18.3: ‘Dido to the rescue’

After the destruction of her caravan home in Oldtown, Gina has gone feral, eating rats and defending her pit against ...
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Episode 18.2: ‘A trip to the zoo and Debbie’s strange brew’

Gina has left Newtown and returned to her roots in Oldtown, North East Lincolnshire. She takes in the sights and ...
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Episode 18.1: ‘Regicide’

Reg is dead. Devastated when  Eliza's pregnancy was revealed as a sham, he shot himself. Whilst the rest of the ...
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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.

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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.