Episode 19.3: ‘Love bites’

With Simpkins out of town, Eliza is in charge of his hotel, Simpk Inns. Anthony and Debbie come to its moderately-priced restaurant to save their broken relationship, and thoroughly succeed. However, besides scamming Simpkins by skimming money off the restaurant and hotel profits, Eliza plans to rob Anthony of a briefcase of cash. She locks the couple in a room and they are forced to break out through a window…

Meanwhile, Candi is in Newtown jail for blowing up her Aunty Gina’s pub, and her parole officer boyfriend AJ feels conflicted between his work life and his love life. After an underwhelming Valentine’s meal with Fred, Gina decides to forgive Candi and breaks her out of jail. The pair run into Big Dick Johnson, and in the midst of preparing Candi for life on the run, Gina and Dick rekindle their old love for each other. Later, when Gina and Candi are alone again,  Gina starts to extensively list Fred’s many faults, he walks up behind them, hearing everything…
Is this it for Fred and Gina? 
How long will Candi last as a fugitive? 
What kind of tripadvisor review can Simpk Inns expect from Debbie and Anthony?
Memorable Moments
  • Big Dick discussing the mythology of Cupid with live interjections from an audience-based infant
  • Fred giving AJ life advice through the medium of greetings card verse
  • Debbie making a leap from the heights of Simpk Inns’ fire escape onto Anthony below

Episode 19.2: ‘Truth Bomb’

Simpkins and Eliza are firming up their purely professional relationship. She’s taken the role of PA (Private Assistant) but manages to get promoted to ‘Friend’, a position with a much larger salary.

Money is also changing hands in Newtown DFS. Fred is trying to make money to rebuild the pub and sells Anthony his grotty old sofa, claiming it to be a vintage ‘Helmstead’. Anthony wants to pay £400, but Fred manages to haggle it up to £401.
Meanwhile, Big Dick Johnson is out of prison, with AJ as his Parole Officer. He visits the bombed-out site of Gina’s pub and is shocked to find that she blames him for the bombing. A guilty Candi has intimidated Debbie, who knows the bomb was Candi’s doing. However, when Candi and Debbie appear at the bombsite to see Big Dick getting arrested for the bombing, Debbie speaks up and Candi confesses to her crime. She gets led away in handcuffs by her boyfriend AJ, and not in a kinky way…
Will Candi do time?
Will Fred and Gina rebuild the pub?
Where now for Dick Johnson?
Does the role of ‘Friend’ have benefits?
Memorable Moments:
  • Big Dick Johnson comparing himself to a squirrel
  • Fred’s business pitch for a Yorkshire-based cream cheese festival called ‘Dairyleeds’
  • Candi spelling her name, ‘C to the A to the D…’

Episode 19.1: ‘A Pen-Pal gets a Pal Out of the Pen’

Just Gina’s, the pub belonging to Gina Pitts, is just a pile of ashes. Gina is recovering in hospital, fiance Fred escaped injury by hiding in a large fridge. Candi is feeling very guilty about her part in the bomb plot gone wrong, especially as Gina stopped the insurance payments to put the cash towards the wedding!

The intended recipient of the explosion, Debita, is upset with Anthony over his ex-wife, Jewell Pewell, trying to kill her and his sexy time with said ex-wife. Anthony declares his love for her but she is too angry to accept it and they part in acrimony. Simpkins revels in jeering at her lonely state, he also stirs another pot when he tells Fred that a Johnson was to blame. Gina is thinking Big Dick Johnson may have had something to do with it, organising it all from his prison cell. Candi wants to encourage that thinking, but AJ drops her in it when he tells Debita it was Candi. Candi unleashes her wrath on poor Debita!

Meanwhile Big Dick is visited by his pen pal, Anthony, who uses his power and influence to get Big Dick parole. Starting his new job, who should be Dick’s parole officer but AJ Shaw!

All is forgiven and forgotten as far as Big Dick is concerned, he swears he will be good from now on, as long as no-one accuses him of something he did not do. He has no idea Gina wants to kill him!

Will Candi confess to Gina? Or will Debita risk more violence and tell all? And will Debita resist Anthony? How will Big Dick acclimatise to life outside of prison? Will he get blamed for Candi’s mistakes…???

Find out tonight!

When in Rome…

Join us for this year’s 26 hour impro marathon at The Bristol Improv Theatre in March, Friday 13th to Saturday 14th. Tickets on sale soon.

To get your appetite going, read on…


It is the age of empires and emperors, and the western world revolves and converges on one thriving metropolis: Rome. The Forum hums with the plots and machinations of power-hungry Senators and their hand-wringing advisors, while the marketplace buzzes and jostles with wealthy merchants and struggling farmers. To the East, the still-warm sand of the Colosseum is splattered with the blood of heroic gladiators, as the jeers and cries of the masses echo from pillar to pit. The city streets are a medley of shrines and gutters, Roman legionnaires on leave spilling out of every taverna, while aspiring poets sing their songs for pennies on every corner. Meanwhile on the Palatine Hill, the lofty vestal virgins perform their sacred rites to protect the city walls. Home to plebeians, politicians, scholars and soldiers, Rome is the original toga party – and everyone’s invited.

Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale at Salisbury Playhouse

Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! We had a great December doing shows in Bath, Bristol, Clevedon, Corsham and Cornwall, January 9th-11th we shall be in Salisbury!  Join Closer Each Day Company for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Season 19 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

It us January. It is cold. It is grey. The year is futuristic and alarming. But do not fear, it also brings us the start of a brand new season of the world’s longest improvised narrative!

Each episode is watchable and hilarious on its own merits , though you may have seen, or want to see, them all!

Has the pub exploded???

What will happen next???

We don’t know either. come and find out with us!

Every other Monday at 7.30pm at the Wardrobe Theatre from 13th January 2020.