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The Bristol Improv Theatre goes online

By steve wright, Friday Mar 20, 2020

The Bristol Improv Theatre (BIT) has announced that it will be hosting lots of fresh improvised content on its website over the next few months while theatres remain closed.

“It’s an unprecedented time for live theatre, with many independent theatres forced to close for public health,” says artistic director Caitlin Campbell.

“For us, improvisation is about telling stories and connecting with other people. The world needs that now more than ever. We are going to be responding to this crisis creatively – we plan to live stream shows, run drop-in classes over video meetups, and release podcasts to keep you entertained in your homes.”

The Bristol Improv Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation, theatre and school, and a regular host to rising stars and renowned acts.

The theatre has already announced the first shows that it will present on its website, from Friday, March 20.

Friday 20, 8pm: This Is Your Musical
Streamed to Twitch: www.twitch.tv/bristolimprovtheatre

‘This is Your Musical’ is the first show to get the online treatment at the BIT

This is Your Musical is the BIT’s monthly original improvised musical theatre show in which a cast of talented actors and musicians produce a brand-new, hilarious, smash-hit musical inspired by YOUR suggestions.

Saturday 21, 8pm: Tales of Adventure
Streamed to Twitch (remotely from the cast’s homes): www.twitch.tv/bristolimprovtheatre

The BIT’s fantasy/role-playing improv show ‘Tales of Adventure’ will be streamed from Saturday, March 21

Led by the all-powerful Gamemaster, our heroes will search for treasure, battle deadly foes, and contend with dangerous twists of fate as they struggle against evil to save the world.

Sunday 22, 8pm: Up The Antics
Streamed to Twitch: www.twitch.tv/bristolimprovtheatre

Sketch and improv team Up the Antics will be doing their thing from Sunday, March 22

The BIT’s house sketch and improv team Up The Antics will be bringing their long-form funnies to the stage, with their unique humour and quick wits. Worlds will be made and shattered with a one-word suggestion.

All these shows will be streamed to www.twitch.tv/bristolimprovtheatre and, later, to BIT’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCRqO7bPdiuTLhEvA9yZTA1w

If you want to donate to the Bristol Improv Theatre, you can do so at tinyyurl.com/donate-BIT

Pics: Lee Pullen

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