Something For the Weekend presents:
The hilarious new improvised comedy homage to everything from Star Trek to Galaxy Quest starring a supergroup of members of Tony&Olivier Award winning companies:
STARSHIP IMPROVISE will boldly go where no improv comedy has gone before
CELESTIA 7 was along-running,smash-hit,science-fiction TV show. Some of the cast became international celebrities, others faded into obscurity. Now, headlining at a fans’convention, the actors reassemble to share memories of everyone’s favourite episodes.
Improv superstars from Mischief, Showstopper!and Austentatious, all experts in the form, will join together to create a different episode of a Star Trek-style-drama, inspired entirely by audience suggestions. Which planet will they go to? Which aliens will they encounter? What adventures will they have? Conflict with cyborgs? Sent back in time to Victorian London? Clones?The audience decides, and a full episode is played out before their very eyes
All the while the actors at the convention offer commentary upon how that night’s episode was made, and we get to see how backstage politics and tensions spilled into the show itself.
While CELESTIA 7 followed its plucky crew on their adventures through time and space, the real drama often lay behind the scenes. In-fighting, relationships, break-ups, sexual tensions, ego… it was years and years of science friction.
Boldy pushing the improv envelope to a place it’s never been before, each show is a stand alone episode AND recurring characters will develop relationships throughout the run as the soap opera unfolds. Audiences can return to multiple shows to catch up with favourite characters and all the gossip that has happened along the way
With some of the funniest and most experienced improvisers in the UK, live music, and even special effects, STARSHIP IMPROVISE is a space opera, a soap opera, and a DVD directors’commentary; a fresh take on improvised comedy, taking long form improv to new heights, by Fringe favourites
Adam Meggido (Showstopper!) is director of Mischief Theatre’s best known and Olivier nominated comedies such as Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Magic Goes Wrong and consultant on Mischief Movie Night and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC). Ruth Bratt (Showstopper!) is in all three series of BAFTA-winning show People Just Do Nothing (BBC2). She is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, is part of The Glenda J Collective and guests with Whose Line Is It Anyway? Live and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums. Henry Shields (Mischief),co-wrote and has appeared in many Mischief Theatre shows including Olivier winning The Play That Goes Wrong and Olivier nominated The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, he also appeared on screen in The Goes Wrong Shows. Nell Mooney (Showstopper!), has appeared in Humana Festival of New Plays (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Diary of a Teenage Girl (Off Broadway); film credits include: Enchanted, Hyde Park on the Hudson; television includes: The Eichmann Show (BBC2). Dave Hearn (Mischief) is a founding member of Mischief Theatre. Recent credits include: The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Goes Wrong Shows (BBC1). Henry Lewis( Mischief) is artistic director of Mischief Theatre. Recent credits include: The Valiant Quest of Prince Ivandoe (Cartoon Network), Mischief Movie Night-In (format co-creator/producer-live stream). Outside of Mischief Henry produced and performed in the critically acclaimed West End revival of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur and is the creator and founder of The Mystery Agency. Charlotte Gittins (Austentatious) is an actor, documentary-make rand BAFTA Rocliffe-winning writer. A seasoned improviser she is half of critically acclaimed double act Folie à Deux, and one-third of Grand Theft Impro and three-woman impro troupes JCB and Anxiety Club