Improv Jam – Thursday 30 July 2015

This week’s jam: Geoff’s Bag of Novelty

This week’s jam is brought to you by: Geoff 

Geoffs Board of Wonder

This week we’ll be playing some games you may not be familiar with. Getting out of your comfort zone is useful in advancing our improv skills. We’ll play some group games and throw in a few old favourites.

There may be an Irish drinking song, so if you’d like to become familiar with the format in advance, watch this!

Thursday 30 July 2015

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St

Improv Jam – Thursday 5 June 2014

This week’s jam: Copycat

This week’s jam is run by: Geoff.

This week’s jam: Copycat. This week’s jam is run by Geoff. We do an open scene, then someone else re-creates the same scene with a twist. Plus the usual games and giggles. Join us at The Corner. Thursday.

Thursday 5th June
7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St

Monday Mayhem Show 25th November

Mayhem Monday
Coming this Monday 25th November 8pm-10pm

The first of TWO shows this week. This little show is FREE! It takes place at Bunkers Hill
Oh Nottingham we are spoiling you! The second will be on Friday at Glee  (£6, £4.50, £3) still a bargain! We’ll be joined by MAYDAY talent all the way from Brighton.

The Monday Mayhem Show features fresh improv talent from up and coming improvisors mixed in with some more experienced performers. Short form improv games and a bit of longer stuff thrown in. Hosted by Geoff.

Over the past few weeks there have been two courses running for new and more experienced improvisors. If you come along on Monday you’ll get to see the future improv talent of Nottingham raw and unleashed. There will be laughs-a-plenty. See you there!
If you can’t make Monday, we hope to see you Friday!

No Audition required. You’re in the show! Thursday 17th Jan 2013



If you’ve ever been put off performing in front of a live audience because……

A) You couldn’t be bothered to learn a script

B) You couldn’t handle the possibility of audition rejection

C) You were too nervous

Well…. We can help with C) by providing a small supportive crowd and we can DESTROY excuses A) and B) because there’s no script and no audition. Your name goes in a hat and at some point it WILL be pulled out. If you’ve never improvised before we’ll even suggest a game for you to play and you’ll be joined by more experienced players who will make you look good!

Gorilla Burger
If being in the show is not for you, DON’T put your name in the hat. Just pay your measly £2 and watch. Make suggestions (when we ask for them) and have a drink from the bar. Coffee, tea and tasty baked goods are also available.  See you at Gorilla Burger on Thursday 17th January, then approximately the middle Thursday of every month after that.

Thursday 13th December

’tis time for Christmas Jam cheer down at 39 Stoney St.

So come hither and go crackers or be a fruitcake with our random names and games jam, hosted by Geoff.

When your name is pulled, you choose the game YOU want to play, so be thinking of your favorite.

7.30-9.30 then no doubt we will be heading to some nearby watering hole.


Mission Improbable Historic Find

Whilst having a clear out and getting ready to move home, I came across this rare example of an early Miss Imp flyer

This show must have taken place around the turn of the century and featured me, Justin Gould, Andy Monk and Ade Kelly. From those early days with just 5 or 6 members the active membership is now around 25+ making us a comedy ‘tour de force’  in Nottingham.

Missimp is now around 15 years old, an impetuous teenager if ever there was one. The group just keeps getting bigger and better, as do the shows.  I’m the only member left from that early line up. Although many move on (Andy is busy impersonating Simon Cowell) it’s usually only because they left the area.

What has impressed me recently is the variety of branches that have grown and are still growing from the group. From musical improv to long form ‘Fisticuffs’ and experimental shows like ‘Consenting Partners’.  This gives the experienced or more enthusiastic members more chances to perform and specialise. Educational branches have been formed by Parky and Nick, namely Little Imps and Teen Imps. On-going training for the members is organised by Lloydie with beginner, intermediate and advanced improv courses. There have also been ad-hoc days and weekend specials over the years with guest instructors from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Germany. These all help to train the up and coming membership to be ready for a show.

Recently I have been visiting Birmingham for an informal small show one evening per month which they call ‘Bread and Circus’ – I believe this has something to do with “spectacle in the time of austerity”. This ‘anyone can play’ format is essentially a jam in a public space and forms the basis for our members party on the 6th December. I will be establishing this in 2013 as a monthly event in Nottingham. This will give more performance opportunities for all the membership and will allow our less experienced members some stage time in front of a small supportive audience.  Here’s to the next 15 years of MissImp / Mission Improbable
– Geoff

Improv Jam: Thursday 5th July 2012 – Keith Johnstone inspired

KEITH JOHNSTONE is one of the few internationally recognized authorities in the field of improvisation, great chunks of which he created, including improvisation forms that include Theatresports™, Micetro Impro© (or Maestro Impro), Gorilla Theatre™

This week, Geoff will be delving into Keith’s book “Impro For Storytellers” and trying out stuff with a different perspective.

We’ll be speaking in one voice, playing narrated/typing scenes, and directing each other. Overall focusing on ‘story’.

Something that won’t be different is the time and place. 39 Stoney Street, Lace Market, 2nd floor. Buzz if you miss the general crowd going in.  We start 7.30 prompt, so if you need a longer physical warm up stretch, don’t wait to be invited, start stretching yourself on arrival!

Keith Johnstone says:
The first thing is to learn how to fail and stay happy and then we can teach you this stuff.

Jam on 7th June – More emotional stuff and Three-Person Scenes

Geoffiam will be leading this week’s jam. After a little warm up we’ll be using some of the exercises from the recent Zenprov workshop to portray truthful emotions.
Then we’ll move onto exploring how we incorporate three or more people into a scene. Here’s a little information about that in advance:

Extract from “Improvise” by Mick Napier- page 58 & 59 – reproduced without permission!!! A small extract is a fair exchange for some publicity for the book, so buy the book from Amazon dammit! Continue reading Jam on 7th June – More emotional stuff and Three-Person Scenes

Improv Jam: Thursday 19 April 2012

This week’s jam: Let’s All Get Emotional

This week’s jam is run by me: Geoff.

“Lets all get emotional jam” aims to start our games with an emotional drip, then heighten those emotions into a flood.

Really important: we are not at TAO Nottingham this week. As with last week’s jam, we’re in the nice place at 39 Stoney St. Apart from that, it’ll be the usual scenes and games. Continue reading Improv Jam: Thursday 19 April 2012