Episode 16.4: ‘Newtown is My Town!’

Eliza has still not been to a doctor since taking a dodgy pregnancy test some weeks ago, but the bus is cancelled and she still doesn’t go! Meanwhile, her baby daddy Reg is hiding in some bushes and only comes out after some talking to by AJ.

Pablo is feeling that he should step up as boyfriend Reg is not doing so, and tells Eliza he has signed over the salon to her to provide for the babies. Gina also visits Pablo at the salon, she has her suspicions over Eliza’s pregnancy as she is not showing at all, and she is also dying to tell someone about her affair with Fred!

Simpkins is enjoying toying with Fred over his knowledge about the affair, but meets his match when Billie Jean King, daughter of Newtown’s founder Jeff King, comes to town. She has been left Newtown in her father’s will but the other big shock is that she is Candi’s adoptive mother that brought her up in the States! Big Dick is upset that his familial ties with Candi may be weakening, Candi is excited that she de facto owns Newtown!

Gina is desperately trying to forget Fred and asks Big Dick to marry her!

Memorable Moments:

  • Billie Jean King, played by Patti Stiles, calling out Simpkins for his love of making evil plans, and Simpkins’ priceless reaction!
  • Pablo nearly telling Big Dick about Gina’s affair
  • The cliffhanger marriage proposal!

Will Big Dick say yes???

Will Simpkins or Pablo spill the beans about Gina and Fred’s affair??

Will Eliza finally get to a doctor??

Find out soon…But before you do, come to Episode 16.5 on Monday 29th October 2018 which will be a Treehouse of Horror Halloween Special, see spooky tales told about Newtown residents, enjoy the dark side of Closer Each Day! We shall be back seeing what happens next with our storylines in Episode 16.6 on Monday 12th November.

Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Chistmas Tale

Our brand new show is coming to Brunel’s SS Great Britain for 5 nights in December 2018 and it is just the thing for a great festive evening out!

Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!
Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!
9th/10th/11th/21st/22nd December at 7pm, in two acts with an interval, finished by 9pm. There is a bar on board selling wine, beer, cider and, of course, mulled wine and maybe even mince pies.
Buy tickets here.

Episode 16.3: ‘True Love and a False Ben’

Eliza is distraught – she thinks she is pregnant with twins by Reg, Reg’s new boyfriend Pablo is furious with her and blames her for Reg running off and ex Candi wants nothing to do with her.

Meanwhile, Fred and Gina are both desperate for some advice about their illicit affair and both individually talk to AJ about a ‘friend’ they have who is having an affair. AJ thinks he has it figured out – they both have the same friend! When Gina’s boyfriend Big Dick comes into the pub and overhears Gina trying to explain away their friend ‘Ben’, things get out of hand and a going away party in the pub is arranged for him that evening!

Fred had also tried to get advice from Simpkins about his ‘friend’s’ predicament, but Simpkins is rather more smart than AJ and when Gina comes into the cafe in a terrible state about the party they will have to put on for a non-existent Ben, he susses out the truth immediately.

At the party, the rest of Newtown are doing karaoke, while Gina and Fred are talking in the cellar. Fred finally decides to tell Gina his true feelings, he loves her and wants to be with her. Gina tells him she does not feel the same way and he leaves broken hearted, but she does feel the same way – she was just trying to do the right thing and end it all!

Big Dick goes to pick up Ben from the train station, where Simpkins is helping out Fred and Gina by waiting in disguise as their friend Ben. Big Dick sees through his disguise and thinks someone is playing a game with him, but he does not guess who or why and picks up a different Ben instead!

Memorable Moments:

  • The big emotions in the beer cellar of Fred and Gina
  • AJ leading the karaoke in the pub and Pablo changing the words of his song to fire venom at Eliza
  • Simpkins’ squeaky-voiced Ben!

Will Gina tell Fred how she really feels??

Will Simpkins keep Gina and Fred’s affair a secret??

Will Reg come back to Newtown and face the music from Pablo and Eliza?

Find out in Episode 4 of Season 16 of Closer Each Day at the Wardrobe Theatre on Monday 15th October at 8pm…with special guest PATTI STILES! 

 

Closer Each Day Company hosts the one and only PATTI STILES!

The  international Number One in improvised theatre, our mentor and Spiritual Godmother, Patti Stiles, is coming very soon! She will be doing two public workshops on Saturdays 13th and 20th October, and performing with us on Monday 15th October at 8pm at the Wardrobe Theatre in the next episode of Closer Each Day.

If you are an actor, improviser, or performer of any kind, who is interested in upping your game, adding to your skill set, or putting something worthwhile on your CV, and you want to have the most fun possible with the best teacher of improvisation on the planet…come to one or both of her masterclasses on those Saturdays!

If you are any of the above, or just someone who loves a great show, see you Monday 15th!

Buy a ticket for the workshop here

Buy a ticket for the show here

Find out more about Patti Stiles here or on her website here

Episode 16.2: ‘Lessons in History, Biology and Love’

Big Dick is encouraged to leave the pub by girlfriend Gina so her lover Fred can come round and ‘fix the coffee machine’. Later on Fred and Big Dick go for a drive and Fred is disturbed by Big Dick’s impassioned speech about how much he loves Gina and what he would do if anything were to disrupt that.

Meanwhile, Simpkins and Candi are celebrating Jeff King Day (Jeff King apparently founded Newtown in 2006). Candi is feeling upset by Eliza’s impregnation by Reg and Simpkins counsels her to follow her heart and do something for herself. Candi decides she is going to remodel Coventry on Newtown, like a modern day Jeff King.

Reg and Pablo are blissfully bonding, they have moved in together, as in love as they are, and move their relationship on to the physical…several times. But their paradise comes to an end when Eliza appears at the door and eventually tells Reg he is the father of her unborn twins. Pablo  is not impressed and leaves them to it. Reg cannot handle the shock and makes a run for it.

Memorable Moments:

  • The numerous mentions of Jeff King and all he has done for Newtown
  • Fred driving Big Dig Dick’s BMW

Will Candi go to Coventry and make a new start there?

Will Fred hold his nerve and keep seeing Gina behind Big Dick’s back?

Will Pablo blame Eliza for ruining his good thing with Reg?

Find out in Episode 3 of Season 16 of Closer Each Day, at the Wardrobe Theatre at 8pm

Back on-board Brunel’s SS Great Britain!

On Monday 24th September 2018, we are so excited to be back on this incredible ship with…

Pilot Season: The Improvised Next Big Thing

Following this May and last May’s sell-out shows on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Closer Each Day Company, the creators of Bristol’s cult comedy ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’, are thrilled to be back to present a brand new show.

In a world of boxsets, catch-ups and digital content, this a show that you can’t stream or download and that will never be repeated. You, the audience, are the TV executives about to watch the first screening of a pilot episode of a new series (the direction of which will be decided by you in the opening moments). In this show there is no Pause, Rewind or Record: there is only Play. There could be love, lust, fear, despair, mild annoyance – anything can happen!

Bristol’s hottest theatre talent melts minds and captures hearts with their brilliant, truthful and dynamic improvisation; join them in the fantastic setting of this Bristol landmark, as they bring their signature mix of high stakes drama and hilarious comedy to this one-off show that you need to watch!

Show starts at 8pm, but arrive from 6.30pm to look around the ship and museum first. There is a bar serving beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. There will be an interval and the show finishes around 10pm. Hope to see you there!

Get tickets here.