Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale is hitting the road this Christmas! After our standalone show being an outstanding success this May and last Christmas on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, we are not only heading back to that great ship but also to venues across the south-west.
Steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings, hapless orphans, mean landlords, comedy, tragedy and the odd music hall number – every night will be an entirely new story that could have been written by Charles Dickens himself, on a very good day!
Simpkins is being operated on, his life hangs in the balance but Candi is careful to keep that information from new mother Constance. Constance’s baby girl has a red beard and has been called Conkins. But the baby is in danger; Pablo, his cold dead body down in the morgue, stirs and makes himself visible to certain people. He is going to take the baby and give life to himself again. Only Candi, who loves and misses him greatly, convinces him he needs to do the right thing and give back the baby and stay dead. When Candi talks to the unknowing Constance about Pablo, Constance remembers Pablo fondly and imagines he is watching over her baby – she decides to change the baby’s name, to Pablina.
Meanwhile, Gina is incandescent with rage as she pulls out the bag of books and jumpers that had been Eliza’s fake pregnancy bump. She dumps Eliza down in the morgue, where Pablo appears to her and demands that she is honest about who she is. Eliza is desperate to get to fiance Reg before he is told of her duplicity, she thinks if she can shut up those that know, Gina and AJ, they could still live the lie and get the promised money from Constance.
But Reg has been told, he is devastated (not to mention the shock being bad for his recovering health!) and asks AJ to dig up the gun that was buried in the hospital gardens long ago. Eliza finds Reg and tries to get him on his own, but Gina and AJ won’t be shifted and there is a battle for his soul as Eliza tries to get him to turn the gun on his friends and his friends urge him to ignore her…He lifts the gun…to his own face and pulls the trigger!
- The moment the lights come up on Pablo Jones lying in the morgue – it was a real surprise for regulars of the show and the response, cheering and laughing, was immense!
- The touching scene between Candi and Pablo, she does not want him to go but knows he cannot embrace evil and steal the baby to live again – tears aplenty!
- Reg saying how any shock, no matter how small, could bring his paralysis back again. There is confusion when Gina tries to tell him about Eliza, he thinks she is talking about a big rock concert being cancelled and it nearly does for him…let alone the really awful news he is about to hear!
Will Simpkins pull through his operation??
Has Reg really just shot himself???
Will Eliza face up to her misdeeds and will she be forgiven?
Find out in Episode 1 of Season 18 on Monday 2nd September 2019 at The Wardrobe Theatre at 7.30pm
Gina and Fred are doing some home decorating, which they find very erotic. They are also thinking about Eliza and how they can help her more.
Meanwhile, Constance is fed up with Simpkins trying to keep her safe in the hotel and has gone back to her penthouse, convincing pregnant pal Eliza to come and stay with her. Constance strips off to get in the sauna and doesn’t understand why Eliza does not do the same – of course Eliza cannot get naked because then Constance would know it was a fake bump!
Outside of town, on the deer reserve, AJ has taken Reg for his stag do before he gets married to Eliza. The deer go wild and they are carried off in a stampede! They survive that, but AJ is heartbroken to hear he is not actually Reg’s best man at all and goes off in a sulk. Later, Simpkins arrives and they get chased off again by the deer. They are driven to the edge of Newtown Gorge, AJ appears and tries to save them but…
Back at Constance’s place, Eliza and Constance see the scene played out from the local news helicopter’s footage, Reg and Simpkins have fallen! The shock sends Constance into labour, ‘Hospital!’ she gasps to Eliza. Two bodies lay at bottom of the gorge.
Will Reg and Simpkins have survived that fall???
Will Constance have her baby??
What other perversions do Gina and Fred have?
And how long will Eliza manage to fool every in Newtown???
Find out in Episode 17.11 on Monday 24th June at 7.30pm at The Wardrobe Theatre
It is a busy bank holiday at the pub. Eliza takes herself off into the snug for some thinking time, she wonders how she could have got herself into this mess – with everyone thinking she is pregnant with Reg’s twins when really she is not pregnant at all and is faking her bump! Later she thanks Fred, his fiancee Gina gave her the engagement ring he gave her when she proposed, as well as the money saved to go towards their wedding, to go towards looking after Eliza’s (non-existent) triplets after Eliza’s bookshop burnt down. Fred is visibly shocked, Gina had not told him she had done that, but he recovers and even seems to consider Eliza’s request for a job in the pub.
Fred spends some time in the cellar reminiscing about his lifelong obsession with Uri Geller. It turns out that Uri Geller once met him and hypnotised him, making Fred forget that he had ever met him and in fact making him forget everything that has just happened in the short-term when he reads the inscription in the front of Uri’s autographed book, ‘Remember me?’ Eliza uses this to her advantage, she is desperate to confess to someone about her fake pregnancy and how everyone is being so kind to her under false pretences – she tells Fred all and then shows him the inscription so he instantly forgets everything she said!
Meanwhile, AJ is being referee for a pub games competition between SImpkins and Constance – the winner decides whether Constance has total freedom (her wish) or whether she stays at home safe and sound to protect their unborn child (his wish). Their competitive nature takes off, AJ tries to get them to compromise and they seem to shake hand on it but really are just getting their digits in place for a brutal game of Thumb War!
- Eliza’s monologue about how she started off with making her fake bump with a cushion, then it was a pillow and the next thing ‘you are in the shopping aisle considering getting a double duvet’
- Simpkins and Constance having a contemporary dance-off as part of their pub game Olympics
- AJ enjoying the sun out in the pub garden and badly catching the sun (some hastily applied red lipstick supplied the sunburned look!)
Will Fred’s memory of that chat with Eliza stay buried? And what will he say to Gina about her giving away her engagement ring and their wedding money??
Will Simpkins and Constance get on the same page or will they continue to battle away?
Will Eliza’s conscience ever get the better of her of will she continue to deceive everyone in Newtown??
Find out in Episode 17.10 on Monday 10th June 2019 at 7.30pm at the Wardrobe Theatre
Co-directors of Closer Each Day Company, John Lomas and Lindsey Garwood, take to the stage as a duo at the Bristol Improv Theatre on Friday 24th May at 8pm.
Together they weave a story, funny and touching and full of love – making America great again in a way Trump could only dream of.
Do not miss these two in a show that is misleading in its simplicity, improvised theatre at its very best. Get your tickets here.
AJ is overdosing on Easter chocolate, on a sugar comedown he is angered to find out that there is another AJ in Newtown, the owner of the sweet shop on the corner. In a heated showdown (with us hearing the Scottish voice of Sweet Shop AJ but not seeing him), AJ Shaw is left victorious as the town’s only AJ.
Meanwhile, Simpkins is smothering Constance and barely letting her do anything to ‘take care’ of their unborn child. He brings Eliza round to be company for her, Constance feels they are connecting over their shared pregnancies – not she nor anyone knows that Eliza’s pregnancy is fake! While Eliza is out, Billy thinks he will be useful and help her in the shop, but starts a fire!
The bookshop is burnt to a cinder and Eliza is devastated. She blames Simpkins for making her leave the shop, and of course Billy for trying to boil an egg in the back room and it going horribly wrong. Candi passes by, there is still something bubbling between them but when Candi leaves her on the floor saying how manipulative Eliza is it is clear that the love has gone.
Fred and Gina had been egging each other on to rhyme all day, Fred tops off the rhymes by pulling out an engagement ring and asking her to marry him! But when Gina hears about the fire, she feels for Eliza and does not want her baby to go without, so gives her the ring and promises all the savings she has got together for the hoped for wedding with Fred.
Eliza’s secret is getting worse and worse!
- The non-stop rhyming in the pub!
- The high drama of the fire!
- Eliza and Constance eventually putting the fire out with their massive phallic hoses
Will Simpkins back off and let Constance breathe, or will he drive her crazy first??
What will Billy turn his hand to next and will it have the same disastrous results?!
Will this last event break Eliza’s silence or will she double down on her big secret???
Find out in Episode 8 of Season 17 at the Wardrobe Theatre on Monday 27th May 2019 at 7.30pm