Musical Improvisation in Eastbourne – For Adults!

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The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner Showstopper! The Improvised Musical heads to Eastbourne on Saturday 2nd December at 8.00pm. 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.

No two nights are ever the same as The Showstoppers 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!

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. With four West End seasons and an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 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.

The rotating cast features some of the brightest minds in the world of comedy and musical theatre including: 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 and 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
Maine.

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.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical appears at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne on Saturday
2nd December at 8.00pm. Tickets, priced at £16.00 and £19.00 are available from the Royal Hippodrome
Theatre box office on 01323 802020 or online at www.royalhippodrome.com       Age Guidance 14+

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I have lived in Sussex for the past 15 years and have links with many of the arts venues throughout the county. I am passionate about the local arts scene and, as well as providing reviews of local performances, I also preview some of the exciting shows and events taking place around the county.

I have devoted all of my working life to the worlds of theatre and travel so, when I am not on holiday somewhere, you can usually find me at one of our superb local theatres, or simply enjoying life with my young son.

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