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Review: IMOGENÉ: the improvised pop concert, Bristol Improv Theatre

By lowie trevena, Friday Feb 21, 2020

IMOGENÉ: the improvised pop concert is something of a fever dream, but in the best way possible.

Performing in Bristol for one night only, before heading to London for The Vault Festival, IMOGENÉ is a pop star diva created by Bristol Improv Theatre’s Imogen Palmer.

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The show, which is a little under an hour long, has the audience in stitches from the get-go. IMOGENÉ waltzes onto the stage, her presence taking up the entire theatre. She is loud, unapologetic and very, very funny.

Imogen Palmer has created something of a perfect character-cum-persona in IMOGENÉ: she’s a feminist who’s still finding her feet, fearlessly sensual and proud in her, unspecified, sexuality.

IMOGENÉ is a fearless pop diva. Photo by Lee Pullen

The show starts with IMOGENÉ describing how she must make a number one album in the space of the show. The show has clear beats but is truly an improvised masterpiece from the beginning.

Imogen Palmer as IMOGENÉ holds the attention of the audience and is spectacular in her own right, but special credit must be given to the second star of the show, Jack Orcozo Morrison, who improvises the music and plays a supporting role. It’s an absolute five-star production, that somehow gets better every minute.

It would be easy to go into details about each incredible improvised song, the fabulous costume changes and the rip-roaring laughs, but IMOGENÉ is really a star that needs to be seen to be believed and adored.

Main photo by Lee Pullen

Read more: Preview: IMOGENÉ: the improvised pop concert

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