Tuesday 15th December 2015 at Bristol Improv Theatre.
With her mobile bakery destroyed, Suzi has lost everything but, after some holy intervention, Harold makes it his mission to help her. Together they journey on a Christmas crusade to find a stable (Mo’s abandoned art gallery), a shepherd (Big Dick Johnson wearing antlers) and three kings (Robin with some stocking fillers) and once a nativity scene is set up, Harold starts charging people to visit, thus raising money to help Suzi get back on her feet.Meanwhile Constance is gloating over Rita who has just discovered her beloved Simpkins has been having an affair! After the women battle for his affections, Simpkins seems destined to choose married, family life with Constance but at the last moment opts for Rita! Bedraggled, Constance seeks the loving embrace of former lover Big Dick Johnson but he’s heartbroken after the departure of Mo. Dick coldly tells Constance he thinks she’s an awful, unfaithful schemer and that there’s no room at his inn tonight. Constance is left to wonder off into the night desperate and alone.
– Live music spawning several improvised songs including Constance and Simpkins’ love rivalry and a climactic final scene as the entire cast repeat the chorus “No room at the inn” at Constance as she leaves.
– A stone paper scissors interpretive dance-off between Rita and Constance.
– The voice of God bantering with Harold (from the offstage microphone).
What will Constance do now that everyone’s turned their backs on her?
Is this money and support a second chance for Suzi?
Will Simpkins remain faithful to Rita now?
Find out in Season 11 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.———————————————————————————————————————————–
Tuesday 1st December 2015 at Bristol Improv Theatre
At Suzi’s bakery, Harold is giving Reg an early Christmas present, a ‘Deal Or No Deal’ board game. The whole community pop by to give some relationship advice for the troubled pair and eventually they decide to reunite – but in an open relationship. Meanwhile, Rita is madly in love and so picks up some ’I ♥ SIMPKINS’’ and ‘I ♥ RITA’ t-shirts for Christmas. However, after last week’s dalliance, Constance admits that she finds sex with Simpkins strangely addictive and so sneaks off again to meet him at his hotel, only to be spotted by reporter Robin! Later that night, Rita catches the pair at it!Mo Hunter is reviewing her time in Newtown when she realises that all of her artwork has just been a cry for New Zealand. She becomes increasingly homesick and is on the verge of throwing herself to her death when her long lost love, Gary Baldwin, arrives! The pair express their undying love for each other and, arm-in-arm, depart.Memorable Moments:
– Mo’s homesick hallucinations including Harold doing a Haka, Reg possessed by Gary Baldwin and Robin as New Zealand livestock.
– Constance comparing sex to Simpkins to stepping on a slug – disgusting but you kind of want to try it again.How will Rita be react to Simpkins’ betrayal?
How will Dick react to Mo’s departure?
What will happen in the custody battle between Constance and Simpkins?
Find out in Episode 8 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.———————————————————————————————————————————–
Tuesday 17th November 2015 at Bristol Improv Theatre
Mo and Big Dick Johnson are enjoying an evening together robbing Argos in a thunderstorm when Dick is appalled to discover that Mo’s first love was his cousin, Gary! Dick eventually lets bygones be bygones and the pair make up by tangoing in the rain. Despite their new three-way open relationship, Constance has been left at home to babysit but Harold is round to entertain baby Lambrini. Reg, meanwhile, is struggling to paint the foyer of Simpkins’ new hotel and so ropes Constance and Harold in to help. Whilst working together, Reg and Harold ignite some of their former passion and sneak off for some romance leaving Constance and Simpkins to argue bitterly about their upcoming custody battle. They both leave long, raging messages to their respective lawyers but after another venomous battle of words, can’t resist ripping each other’s clothes off!
– Harold regaling Constance with the touching story of Shakespeare’s Unknown Son.
– Simpkins on the phone to his lawyer, describing the vomit crescendo Constance would cause if she were to win custody of the baby.
– Big Dick and Mo dancing in the thunderstorm to Jimmy Cliff’s reggae classic, You Can Get It If You Really Want.Who will win full custody of baby Ebenezer: Constance or Simpkins?
Have Reg and Harold recovered from the rough patch in their marriage?
Is Dick, Mo and Constance’s three-way open relationship really working?
Find out in Episode 7 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.———————————————————————————————————————————–
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at The Bristol Improv Theatre
Mo is ecstatic having just watched her beloved New Zealand win the Rugby World Cup! Whilst she is teaching Robin a haka she stirs up feelings for her first boyfriend, Gary Baldwin, information that Robin seizes on as more juicy gossip for the newspaper.Meanwhile, via pick & mix analogies, Sazz is trying to help Big Dick Johnson decide who he loves more: Mo with whom he has a real connection or Constance with whom he shares a daughter. The two women really have it in for each other and that night at the local Bonfire Night party, between sparklers, toffee apples and fireworks, Constance entices Reg to push Mo into the flames! Big Dick steps in to calm everyone down and appeals for Mo and Constance to stop fighting. The three finally resolve to share eachother’s hearts and therefore start an open relationship together.
– The first ever performance of Closer Each Day in ‘the round’ with a bonfire (made of lengths of tissue paper and a large fan) in the centre.
– Reg and Constance singing an improvised Guy Fawkes song.
– Mo singing a genuine and beautiful haka.Is an open relationship the right choice for Mo, Constance and Big Dick Johnson?
What other gossip can Robin unearth on the community for the newspaper?
Can Sazz learn the difference between an analogy and an allergy?
Find out in Episode 6 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.———————————————————————————————————————————–
Tuesday 20th October 2015 at The Bristol Improv Theatre
After his recent ordeal, Reg has been locked in a room at the hospital with a one-way mirror through which the community take turns to monitor him. However, Harold is still bitter at Reg’s actions and so as revenge, Harold wants to take and circulate an embarrassing naked photo of Reg. During his watch, Harold deviously provokes Reg’s mental fragility, but he goes too far and unlocks some powerful schizophrenia and sexual dwarf perversion within Reg!
Meanwhile, much to the irritation of Constance, Rita and Simpkins are madly in love. Constance tries to explain to Rita what a devious bastard he is but Rita won’t hear it, and instead unwittingly persuades Constance to join them for a spot of ménage à trois. Across town, Mo shares news with Robin of the lude sex acts the community have been partaking in together. Robin is ecstatic to have more juicy gossip stories for her newspaper and after some investigating, is thrilled to publish her outraged findings!
– Constance and Simpkins’ feces-based verbal slagging match in the street.
– Reg and Harold’s perverted sex rituals in the hospital room getting so extreme that Mo smashes the one-way mirror to stop them.
How will the community react to Robin’s slanderous expose in the newspaper on their sex practices?
Will Rita ever come to see Simpkins as the devious bastard he is?
Can Harold and Reg every return to normal married life?
Find out in Episode 5 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.
Tuesday 6th October 2015 at Bristol Improv Theatre
To get custody of his son, Simpkins must prove to a judge that he is in a stable relationship and so takes Rita out on a fake date. He is completely unaware however that Rita has actual feelings for him until she leaps on him provocatively! After a night of passion, Simpkins’ icy exterior has warmed to Rita and the two are in a real, loving relationship!
Meanwhile, Harold wants to divorce Reg. Sazz begs him to give the relationship one last chance and so they go to visit Reg in hospital where is waiting for a blood transfusion. However, they arrive just as Reg, in his bitterness, has emailed a scandalously naked photo of Harold to the local newspaper! Across town, Constance is pinning for her dream family home with Big Dick Johnson but talk of commitment has Dick pinning for his old lover, Mo. Constance is sick with jealousy and so races to the hospital to find Mo about to give blood to Reg. Desperate not to be outshone, Constance opens her own veins and donates her own blood straight into Reg’s mouth! This intervention causes a strange zombie-like reaction in Reg and his senses are overtaken by the urge to rampage around Newtown! After pushing chairs over in Suzi’s bakery, he is finally subdued by the community.
– A reoccurring scene of characters trying to mime playing ping-pong along to an unpredictable sound-effect.
– Rita giving in and leaping onto Simpkins, overwhelming him with kisses.
– Reg’s dramatic and violent zombie rampage as he tussles with Harold, Suzi and Sazz.How will Harold react when his naked photo appears in the local newspaper?
Has Rita managed to soften Simpkins’ cold heart?
Who does Big Dick Johnson want more – Constance or Mo?
Find out in Episode 4 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.———————————————————————————————————————————–