Pleasance Above: 2nd – 20th August
2016 Olivier Award Winners for
Best Entertainment and Family
2016 Chortle Award Winners for
Character, improv or sketch act
The critically acclaimed improv masterminds behind Showstopper! The Improvised Musical return this year with their Olivier Award-winning improvised musical in Pleasance Grand. Meanwhile they will also be delighting their younger fans in Pleasance Above with a daily dose of interactive musical adventuring in The Showstoppers’ Kids Show.
Aimed entirely at children, The Showstoppers’ spontaneous story factory will be open for business from 2nd – 20th August at 11:40am.
The Showstoppers’ Kids Show is specifically designed to entertain and inspire children by opening the show up to audience suggestions, creating a fully interactive magical journey that only a child’s imagination could come up with. No two shows are ever the same as The Showstoppers create a brand new musical comedy for kids, completely on the spot. If your children could create their very own show, where would they start? Harry Potter in space? Done! Dora and the Gruffalo meet dinosaurs under the sea? No worries! For children who fancy it, there are also plenty of opportunities to join in. But grown-ups be warned! Youngsters call the shots and suggestions are ONLY taken from kids!
Having grown 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 and are now West End favourites and Olivier Award Winners. They even appeared on CBBC’s The Slammer – and won!
‘Terrific… an absolute delight’ ★★★★★ One4Review
‘Mad, magical and marvellous… Sold out – and for good reason’ ★ ★★★ Arts Award Voice
‘Funny, silly, uplifting and ridiculous, it’s a great kids show’ ★ ★★★ The List
The rotating cast features some of the brightest minds in the world of comedy and musical theatre. The company includes:
* • Co-creator Dylan Emery, has been improvising for more than 15 years – including at the National/Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe. He created veteran comedy improv group Grand Theft Impro, and the UK’s premier website devoted to the form thecrunchyfrogcollective.com.
* • Adam Meggido, the other Co-creator and also Director, is a multi 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. He is also director of the 2016 Olivier nominated (for Best New Comedy) Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
* • Ruth Bratt is an improv Fringe regular for the last 11 years whose recent TV credits include the BAFTA nominated People Just Do Nothing (BBC3), Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Sarah Millican’s Support Group and Vic Reeves’ The Ministry Of Curious Stuff.
* • Philip Pellew has been improvising for 30 years. Credits include the Impromusical, which ran for 10 years with a Radio 2 series and a TV show for Tyne Tees, Impropera and Theatre Sports at the Donmar Warehouse. He has also appeared at the National Theatre, The Bristol Old Vic, The Nuffield, Leicester Haymarket, The Mermaid and The Polka Theatre.
What the press have said about The Showstoppers:
“Had me weeping with laughter… you absolutely have to go.” ★★★★★ Mail On Sunday
“Magical, properly funny. A triumph.” ★★★★ The Times
“Some of the superb musical pastiches they think up might make a few West End veterans blush. Brilliant.” ★★★★ Financial Times
“Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new musical every time. Worth seeing again and again.” ★★★★★ Time Out London
“Staggeringly good… a must-see.” ★★★★ The Stage
“Showstopper! might be the only West End show you ever need… The narrative, the songs and the jokes all work perfectly.” ★★★★★ Chortle
“Showstopper! is a perfect example of skill and talent combined.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Some creators take years to write rubbish, this team create gems in an hour every night. Simply outstanding.” ★★★★★ One4review
”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 over The Sound of Music any day.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“An irresistible whirlwind of energy…Improvisation is being taken to new heights.” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks
“It’s a one-off… over and over again. Astounding” ★★★★ Daily Express
“I find this show faultless…a show not to be missed” Theatre Full Stop
Date: 2nd – 20th August 2016
Show: The Showstoppers’ Kids’ Show (Age Guidance: 6+)
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Above
Address: 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9TJ
Time: 11:40am – 12.40pm
Price: Previews: £6.00, Early Week: £8.50 / £7.50, Midweek: £9.00 / £7.50, Weekend: £10.00 / £8.50
Box Office: www.pleasance.co.uk / 0131 556 6550
To book review tickets for this show please contact the Pleasance Press Office
on 0131 556 6557 / [email protected]