Episode 24.1: ‘The Newtown People’s Party’

Having learned that Constance plans to run as an MP, Candi and Big Dick Johnson decide to nominate Candi as a rival candidate and put posters up for their newly formed Newtown People’s Party. Geraldine thinks having a slightly criminal candidate will make things more interesting for the election, but AJ puts his foot down and tells her that they cannot be trusted.

At the hotel, Simpkins and Constance are discussing her election chances but unbeknownst to Constance, Simpkins plans to use her potential success to further his own ends… He has also hired Geraldine’s sister Dotty Davis as a receptionist after meeting her at a convention. She is proving to be a workaholic – and so efficient that she hasn’t had a break for days. When Candi learns this, she reports him to the council and Geraldine gets Simpkins’ licence suspended. However, Simpkins has a plan: he hands over the running of the hotel to Dotty and he becomes a mere employee! Geraldine is furious as she has a hatred for her sister going back to when they were children…

Elsewhere, Gina is having a personal crisis. She thinks her best days are behind her and she wants to start spicing up her life so her and Dick decide to role play as an Italian couple (Gino and Ginelli) to get them back in the mood. Meanwhile, Fred has had some bad news – his plan to leave Newtown to work at Kenco International has fallen through. Constance learns this and recruits him as her social media manager to promote her election bid in a ‘Cash for Tweets’ agreement. 

The Johnsons’ door-knocking and threatening of residents has been going well – until Candi learns that their names have not been put on the ballot paper. She knows it can only be one person standing in their way: her ex-boyfriend AJ Shaw!

Will the Johnsons manage to get registered for the election? Will Geraldine and Dotty ever reconcile? And what will become of Simpkins now he can no longer run his own hotel?

Memorable Moments

  • Dotty discussing Constance’s unpopularity with Simpkins: “I don’t think she is lonely: she had a threesome last week.”
  • AJ’s rant about council bureaucracy
  • Candi Johnson’s election motto: “She cares about you.”
  • Constance’s election motto: “She cares about you and cares that nobody cares about you and she will make them care, because she cares.”

NO EXPECTATIONS: The Unscripted Dickens

Misty alleyways, raucous taverns, evil landlords and endearing orphans – No Expectations: The Unscripted Dickens breathes life into Victorian England with Closer Each Day Company’s fresh and welcoming style of improvised comedy theatre.

Midnight, 1860, and a struggling novelist is suffering terribly with writers’ block. Nothing can inspire their latest story until a few audience suggestions light a spark in their imagination…

Previously entitled ‘Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Tale’, the show has thrilled sold out audiences at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Salisbury Playhouse and across the South West. Don’t miss the chance to see this entirely spontaneous and deliciously Dickensian show that will leave you asking, ‘Please sir, can I have some more?’.

Get your tickets here.

Who let the dogs out??

The Johnsons did, at the pub, on council workers Geraldine and AJ, to try and get themselves out of a tight spot. But Geraldine and Candi Johnson are BOTH in trouble and could be heading to jail if they don’t get that million pounds back.

See what happens next on Monday 28th March, 7.30pm, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera at the Wardrobe Theatre.

End of Season Finale and Christmas Special 6th December!

Soaps would not be soaps without the Christmas Special. But ours will definitely be a lot less fun and a little less dark than the usual Eastenders affair (“Tiffany! Oh my god, I killed her!”).  Gosh, Christmas again?! This Season of Closer Each day has whooshed by and we cannot believe that it is nearly over already. We are having so much fun being back onstage again, and our audiences seem to be very happy to have us back too!

It just keeps getting better and better, come and have a laugh with us and let the past crappy pandemic-ish year and two thirds slip away.

Get your tickets here, before they are all gone!

Season 22 starts in September!

Well, Season 21 was a total blast. We shall never forget it. The joy of being back at the Wardrobe after 15 months of enforced absence due to the ugly pandemic business, and the wonderful warmth and loud appreciation of our socially distanced audiences – it was just incredible. And the storylines that came about! All culminating in a wedding fit for any soap, complete with murder and heartbreak and some lurrrrve.

Now we get to find out what happens next, back at the Wardrobe Theatre from the 13th September and then every other Monday. Back at 7.30pm. We cannot wait to see you there. You can get your tickets here.


Season 21 finale – a wedding, and any funerals?

On Monday 2nd August 2021 it is the end of season finale. It has been a season like no other – starting as it did after an 15 month break forced on us by Covid, then going every Monday night instead of every fortnight to try and make up for that a little bit! We have loved being back so very much, and so much has happened in Newtown. This Monday, surely we shall see Gina Pitts and Big Dick Johnson finally get wed, but perhaps not the way they had dreamed….?! Will Debita the bridesmaid escape the murderous rage of Candi and the misguided villainy of Constance? We shall soon find out!