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Preview: Showstopper! at Newcastle Northern Stage
2016 Olivier Award Winners
Newcastle Northern Stage
Saturday 17th February 2018
The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner Showstopper!
The Improvised Musical heads out on tour. Fresh from their sell out
run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, and with a 2016 Olivier
Award for their West End debut at the Apollo Theatre, The
Showstoppers have made 2017 their best year yet, one new musical at a time.
Photo: Steve Ullathorne
No two nights
are ever the same as TheShowstoppers take audience
suggestions and then spin a brand new comedy musical out of thin air - stories,
characters, tunes, lyrics, dances, harmonies and all - with unpredictable and
hilarious results. If you’ve thought improv looked difficult before,
try doing it in time (and tune) to music!
since 2008 to become the UK’s most acclaimed and in-demand musical improvisers,
The Showstoppers have become a must-see staple of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With four
West End seasons andan acclaimed BBCRadio4 series
to their name, they have also taken their ingenious blend of comedy, musical
theatre and spontaneity around the globe, picking up accolades and awards
including The Times Best of the Fringe, Mervyn Stutter’s
Spirit Of The Fringe Award and nominations for Chortle Best
Music Or Variety Act, MTM Best Production Award and MTM
Judges’ Discretionary Award.
Photo: Steve Ullathorne
cast features some of the brightest minds in the world of comedy and musical
theatre. The company includes:
·Co-founder Adam Meggido, an award-winning
writer/composer who has improvised at the National, The Royal Court Theatre,
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and currently holds the world record for the
directing the longest impro show - 55 hours without a break.
·Dylan Emery, the other
co-founder, has been improvising for more than 15 years – including at the
National/Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe. He created veteran comedy impro
group Grand Theft Impro, and the UK’s premier website devoted to
the form thecrunchyfrogcollective.com.
·Pippa Evans is an
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee and has had great success on TV,
Radio and stage – she is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show,
BBC2’s Fast and Loose, performs regularly with the Comedy Store
Players and has had many years of success with her hit character act Loretta
·Ruth Bratt is an
improv Fringe regular for the last 11 years whose recent TV credits include
Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Sarah Millican’s Support Group and Vic
Reeves’ The Ministry Of Curious Stuff.
·Sarah-Louise Young won the Best
Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards and was nominated for the
Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer. She has performed her
critically-acclaimed Cabaret Whore show across the world.
press have said about The Showstoppers:
“Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new
musical every time. Worth seeing again and again.”
★★★★★Time Out London Critics’ Choice
“A shining example of how good
improv can be.”★★★★★Chortle
“They truly are the masters of
longform improvisation. These guys have to be seen to be believed! The best
musical improvisation group we’ve ever comeacross. More talent on stage
thanyou can shake a stick at!”★★★★★Time Out Critics’
”An ingenious and engaging mix of
improvisation and musical theatre. If you admired the Comedy Store Players for
their ability to think on their feet, this bunch do it with the same verve and
flair, but set to music. I was left open-mouthed. I can honestly say that I’d
opt for this show’s wild, inventive energy of The Sound of Music any day.” Lyn