The Improvised Musical

What a fantastic premise for a show; based on your suggestions the cast will serve up a brand new, fresh musical in front of your eyes. Having been a highlight of mine from the fringe last year I was interested to see if No Shoes Theatre could recreate the magic a second time.

Trying to follow a story about bananas ruling the world - starting in an art gallery and including the song 'The tea is cold' will always be an ask. As the cast embarked on their musical journey to tie the plot together I was optimistic. However, as the hour wore on the jokes became more infrequent and songs were few and far between - the audience were only treated to 4 in the whole hour. Last year was an absolute phenom of a show, and I am sure that has continued into this year, but in my viewing; the wheels fell off.

They must be commended for making sense of the bizarre starting points. Some moments of genius were found such as an umbrella loudspeaker phone which prompted guffaws from the crowd. However we also met the darker more cringeworthy side of improv as a few scenes fell well below par.

Take your children to see this show as it is a riotous blast of creativity. However, I hope for your sake that you don't arrive on an inevitable off day.

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The Blurb

Six actors. A live band. Your suggestions. Unique theatrical experience, improvised before your eyes. Anything can happen, and everything will, in this high-energy show you can enjoy again and again. 'Something special' **** (ThreeWeeks). www.noshoestheatre.co.uk.

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