Back on-board Brunel’s SS Great Britain!

On Monday 24th September 2018, we are so excited to be back on this incredible ship with…

Pilot Season: The Improvised Next Big Thing

Following this May and last May’s sell-out shows on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Closer Each Day Company, the creators of Bristol’s cult comedy ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’, are thrilled to be back to present a brand new show.

In a world of boxsets, catch-ups and digital content, this a show that you can’t stream or download and that will never be repeated. You, the audience, are the TV executives about to watch the first screening of a pilot episode of a new series (the direction of which will be decided by you in the opening moments). In this show there is no Pause, Rewind or Record: there is only Play. There could be love, lust, fear, despair, mild annoyance – anything can happen!

Bristol’s hottest theatre talent melts minds and captures hearts with their brilliant, truthful and dynamic improvisation; join them in the fantastic setting of this Bristol landmark, as they bring their signature mix of high stakes drama and hilarious comedy to this one-off show that you need to watch!

Show starts at 8pm, but arrive from 6.30pm to look around the ship and museum first. There is a bar serving beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. There will be an interval and the show finishes around 10pm. Hope to see you there!

Get tickets here.

 

Episode 15.9: ‘Big Pants, Magic Dance and Some Illicit Romance’

AJ Shaw desperately tries to figure out how his huge pants came to be in Big Dick Johnson’s girlfriend’s bed. He comes up with all sorts of theories, luckily eventually dissuading Big Dick from torturing or maiming him – Big Dick has realised that AJ may have an enemy who wishes him harm and who planted those pants.

The pants-planter, SImpkins, is having a lovely time by himself at his hotel. His peace is interrupted by a whittering AJ, wondering who could possibly want to do such a bad thing to him, and after a full seven hours of AJ’s company Simpkins breaks and tells him that it was he who had planted those pants and hoped for a violent outcome!

Elsewhere in Newtown, Gina is feeling guilty about doing the dirty with Fred behind Big Dick’s back, but just cannot seem to stop herself. She and Fred try to have proper conversations to get to know one another – but lust takes over and her pub is left shut while she gets it on with Fred.

On the other side of the world, Pablo is trying to find his zen when he is completely surprised by Candi showing up. She chose Thailand and that exact beach in Thailand completely by coincidence. They are overjoyed to see each other and go drinking mojitos by the bucket and taking magic mushrooms at a full moon party. They both have their sordid assignations, but Pablo realises he would love to see a more familiar, friendly face, someone he could truly fall in love with…

Meanwhile, back in Newtown, Eliza and Reg wait for a bus…and wait…and wait. The bus does not arrive but during the wait Eliza does bare her soul (and her sadness over girlfriend Candi just taking off without a word) to Reg, who believes that she should have  a proper think about things, and that there is no better place to think than, say, Thailand.

In a dramatic final scene, Pablo spots Reg, that familiar face he was yearning for. Soon Candi appears again, as does Eliza – Candi cannot believe her eyes!

Memorable Moments:

  • AJ’s huge pants, his ‘whiddle carriers’ – a big bit of white material does a good job making the most disturbing pair of pants ever seen
  • Simpkins watching ’80s television, loving Dangermouse and singing the them to ‘SimpkinsMouse’
  • Reg’s philosophy about late buses and life in general

What will Candi think of Eliza showing up right there, in front of her face?!

Has Reg felt the Cupid’s arrow as Pablo did??

How will AJ cope with finding out that Simpkins detests him and set him up???

Find out in Episode 15.10 at 8pm at The Wardrobe Theatre, followed by OUR IMPROVISED RADIO SOAP SHOW at 9.30pm.

 

Episode 15.6: ‘Judge Sugar and the Case of the Runaway Tram’

Simpkins and Constance Sugar are in the lusty thrall of their new relationship. Over in the salon, Pablo is reinventing himself. When Constance arrives for a hair-do, they have a frank chat and she encourages him to go take on the world. Back at the hotel, Simpkins is wondering where his employee, Bunny Smith, is…

Bunny has been offered a ride on the tram to get to work – up front with driver AJ! Fred gets in the path of the tram, receiving a nasty clip on the ankle. Eliza has also suffered a bad bruise from AJ’s tram-driving and they resolve to make AJ pay. However, when it comes time for the public flogging (with a roll of Sellotape), Eliza wants nothing to do with violence and her and Fred’s new alliance breaks down in acrimony. AJ convinces Bunny to take the rap for him, so he does not lose his job. Bunny wants to be a good friend – so it is she that is put on trial!

Judge Sugar resides over the court case, with Simpkins and Pablo on the jury and Eliza and Fred facing off just like two TV lawyers. Eliza suggests using her witch skills on a chant that will make Bunny tell the truth. Pablo is morally disgusted by witchcraft and stomps off. The others fall under the spell as they chant over Bunny, so deep in the trance they are oblivious to AJ making a confession. Judge Sugar sentences Bunny to jail! Visiting Bunny in the cell, AJ is sorry, but not sorry enough to ‘fess up. Fred is sorry that his premeditated plan to get clipped by the tram and take AJ to court for damages has ended up hurting Bunny and promises her a French meal when she gets out.

Memorable Moments:

  • Jack doing magic on the keyboard and, after an on-stage offer, managing to combine ’70s prog rock with Chopin
  • Constance looking into the salon mirror with Pablo miming all of her words and actions behind her
  • Fred becoming courtroom lawyer McLintlock, complete with pacing and dramatic timing
  • Bunny being handcuffed with Sellotape, which continues to wrap itself around her as she suffers in the cell

Will AJ and Fred forgive each other over the tram-clipping and courtroom incident?

Will Simpkins and Constance manage to keep their clothes on for just a while?

Has Eliza’s witchcraft only just begun?!

Find out in Episode 15.7 of Closer Each Day at The Wardrobe Theatre at 8pm on Monday 9th April

Episode 15.2: ‘Mick Jagged, Jimi Hendrocks, Lenny Crevice’

Candi is worried she does not know how to woo Eliza but Reg teaches her to trust her instincts. She surprises Eliza in the Newtown Rock Garden and expresses her feelings through an RnB song and a kiss.

Fred is forming a friendship with Pablo, but soon realises Pablo’s intentions are more intimate than he thought. Gina is nursing an injured throat after being attacked by a fox and can’t speak. Constance comes to the pub to cheer her up but leaves her recreational drugs on the bar. Meanwhile Simpkins is being annoyed by Arthur James who not only talks like him but has started to pretend to be him. Arthur, acting as Simpkins, then professes his true love for Constance!

Gina finally feels well enough to clear up Constance’s drugs but is interrupted by a siren and a flashing blue light…

Memorable Moments:

  • Reg naming the rockstar themed rocks in the rock garden (eg Keith Rockchards, David Bowlderie, Igneous Pop), while Candi came up with…Brian May Sandstone!
  • Pablo’s stiff reaction to his portraits of Fred…
  • Candi getting a Boots Advantage Card to impress Eliza

Will Gina be arrested?

Will Constance act on ‘Simpkins’ expressions of love?

How far will Pablo go to win over Fred?

Find out at our Valentine’s Special on Monday 12th February 2018

 

Season 12 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Unplanned, unscripted & unconventional – Continuing the world’s longest improvised narrative every other Monday at The Wardrobe Theatre with Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Season 12 Show Dates:
Monday 5th September
Monday 19th September
Monday 3rd October
Monday 17th October
Monday 31st October (Halloween Special)
Monday 14th November
Monday 28th November
Monday 12th December (Christmas Special & Season Finale)

Tickets are £5 in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Decide (if not sold out)
Tickets can be purchased in advance for all shows here

“Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.”
B24/7

The Wardrobe Theatre
The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0DF

100th EVER episode of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Unplanned, unscripted and unconventional, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest-running continuous, improvised soap opera. Join us in celebrating the centenary of this cult comedy show on Monday 20th June 2016 at The Wardrobe Theatre with a spectacular double-length episode to bring season 11 to a close, featuring a live improvising band, guest appearances and several surprises!

Tickets are £5 in advance to guarantee entry (available here) or just turn up and if there are still seats available, Pay What You Decide.

Will the community decide to end Simpkins’ life?
Will Rita, Dick and Constance pay for their crimes?
How much longer can Harold go on giving his massage clients “extras”?
Find out in Episode 12 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.