Episode 17.8: ‘FIRE!’

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!

Memorable Moments

  • 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


Casting call!

Closer Each Day Company are looking for experienced performers and improvisers to join them in their cult hit soap and other productions!

Please read more details here.

Interested? Know someone who would be? Available for the audition on the evening of Thursday 2nd May and the recall on Thursday 9th May? And then available every Monday evening? Want to make great theatre, learn a ton and have a lot of fun with lovely people? Send your CV to closereachdayco@gmail.com asap.

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

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.

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.