Episode 17.1: ‘Come in, baby, it’s cold outside’

Candi and Reg are at the aquarium, Reg catches Candi up on all that has happened in Newtown – Pablo being shot, Big Dick being put in jail, Fred and Gina going away to sort themselves out. They decide that that was all very dramatic and interesting but they are ready to move on, though of course Reg is still father to Eliza’s unborn twins and that is rather on his mind. Later, after Candi has gone, AJ comes along and tries to help Reg realise he could be a good father. The three of them all meet up in the playground but it starts to snow…

Constance has done up a room at Simpkins’ hotel to make it more like a Love Motel, trying to attract customers in out of the snow. AJ and Candi make it through the snowstorm to the hotel and take that suite. Constance is delighted and she and Simpkins listen through the keyhole.

However, although Candi would like to have some nookie with AJ he is oblivious and they just play scrabble.

Meanwhile, Reg is alone on Lyle Hill, remembering his own terrifying butcher father.

Simpkins upsets by Constance laughing in her face when she says she is not really all about sex and perhaps they should try parenthood again, he says she is too old! She tries to make herself feel better by flirting with AJ, when Candi walks in on them she gets upset and Constance realises right away that Candi wanted more than friendship from him. She says to AJ that he needs to learn a thing or two and they kiss.

Memorable Moments:

  • Reg remembering the raw meats in the butcher shop that he made friends with and talked to as a child
  • Candi and AJ having a go on the playground equipment
  • Constance’s and Simpkins’ homemade porn film

Will Reg get over his crisis of confidence and accept his new role as a soon-to-be father?

Will Candi tell AJ how she really feels?

Will Constance forgive Simpkins for calling her old?!?!

Find out at our Valentine’s Special on 11th February 2019, after our special 150th ever episode on 28th January!


Episode 16.7: ‘Pablooooo, noooooo!!!’

We are right back at that tense moment in the pub, Pablo has told Big Dick that his fiancee Gina has been having an affair with Fred. At first Big Dick does not believe it, thinks it is all a joke, but then he sees no-one else is laughing. He demands some facts from Gina and then, angry and broken-hearted, he storms out of the pub – locking Fred, Gina and Pablo inside.

Pablo feels terrible for the drama he has created and for the danger Gina and Fred could be in, he thinks it is up to him to sort it out, takes the gun Big Dick keeps behind the bar and breaks his way out. Gina and Fred remain behind to talk and wait, getting more and more apprehensive.

Meanwhile, AJ knows nothing about the affair or its latest twist and when he bumps into Big Dick on the top of Lyle Hill manages to twist the knife in talking about Gina and what a wonderful woman she is and how happy Big Dick must be. Big Dick dons his leather jacket again, which he had discarded when he thought he was going to become a new man, and goes off in his car. His temper does not improve when the car breaks down several times along the way.

At Simpkins’ hotel, Simpkins fills AJ in with what has been happening. They discuss what they would do if they had discovered their lover had been loving another. Then AJ bangs on the door of the pub, pretending to be Big Dick and nearly gives Fred and Gina a heart attack!

Over at Reg’s, Eliza has stayed over and there has been some action with Reg – much to his surprise. But although he wants to be there for Eliza and their unborn twins, he still loves Pablo. And Pablo himself soon arrives, Eliza makes a hasty exit and the two men have a heart to heart over a game of cards. Pablo thinks he is losing it and should check himself into the local sanatorium. He wonders what he thinks he was doing with a gun and throws it out the window into the alley below. Before he heads off though, he thinks he should go back to the pub and apologise to Fred and Gina for interfering.

Meanwhile, Big Dick has also made his way back to the pub, pausing in the back alley where he sees his gun below the window of Reg’s flat, he picks it up and goes in.

Big Dick brandishes the gun at Fred, Gina steps in front of him and Pablo throws himself at Big Dick. There is a tussle and the gun goes off! Pablo slowly sinks to the ground. Big Dick looks at Fred and Gina and says, “Look what you have done. Pablo is dead”, then walks out. AJ and Fred and Gina gather around Pablo laying prone on the floor, in shock. The lights fade to black.

Memorable Moments:

  • That thrilling final scene. The long silence at the end, Gina crying real tears, many of the audience in tears too, it made the hairs on your arms stand up!
  • The opening scene. Long, tense but hilarious throughout, we find out that Fred has a Travelodge membership and got points every time he and Gina had a tryst there
  • Simpkins’ impression of Big Dick as he finds out about Gina and Fred
  • Big Dick’s flashback of happier times with Gina, riding along in the car together listening to soft rock musuic

Will we ever see Pablo again??? (Well, at least not for quite a long time, as the actor who played him is off in the West End playing Trigger in Only Fools and Horses!)

Will Gina and Fred make a go of it now it is all in the open, or was it all about the dirty dates in the Travelodges?

Are Eliza and Reg on the same page? Or has that hasty clinch changed the parameters of their practical relationship?

Find out next year in Season 17!

Valentine’s Special on Monday 11th February 2019

Want to treat your Valentine? Think Valentine’s is a crass commercialisation of love? Happily single? Miserably coupled? Or vice versa? Well, we have a show that will tickle everyone’s fancy. Come and join the characters of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera and see what they get up to this Valentine’s.

You can get your tickets here.

5th Bristol Improv Marathon, 15th – 16th March 2019

Hilarious comedy! Inspired improvisation! Ridiculous stamina! We have it all as we enter the fifth glorious year of the Bristol Improv Marathon.

For a staggering 26 hours a team of intrepid performers will create an entirely improvised, entirely unscripted play using nothing but their skill, imagination and a hefty dose of caffeine. The show brings together performers from all across the city and includes stars of hit shows such as Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera and Murder, She Didn’t Write by Degrees of Error!

“An impressive display of the actors sheer stamina and creativity. It was extremely entertaining to watch.”
Stage Talk Magazine

“Carrying the flag of improvised theatre with talent and verve.”
Bristol Theatre Review

15th Mar – 16th Mar
8pm on Friday until 10pm on Saturday, £15 All You Can Watch

Easter Monday Special on 22nd April 2019

Ah, Easter. The time of chocolate, bunnies, fluffy little chicks, and Jesus dying on a cross and then coming back to life again. Far less confusing and much more entertaining than that mixture of Easter goodness is an Easter Special on Monday 22nd April 2019 at 7.30pm at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Put down that bunny, let the chick free, give your chocolate-saturated body a rest, do what Jesus would do and join us for sure-fire fun times!

Get your tickets here.

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.