It’s that time of year again, and our chums of improvised comedy theatre group Impropriety are inviting varmints to “saddle up and come on the ride of your life through the wild wild west”, as they present their 4th Annual Liverpool Improvathon.
An entirely off the hoof comedy epic that will run continuously for 2013 minutes (33 hours and 33 minutes), the Improvathon takes place at the Kazimier from lunchtime on Saturday, April 6 and runs into the evening of the next day. The cast will forgo the luxuries of scripts, planning and sleep to bring you an entirely improvised soap opera, about which only one thing is certain – it will be set in the Wild West.
The Improvathon is based on a format created and made popular by Canadian company DIE-Nasty, who have held an annual 50-hour ‘Soap-a-thon; for over 20 years. For the second year running, Impropriety will be joined by regular DIE-Nasty members Donovan Workun and Kory Matterson along with special guests from around the UK.
The first episode of Goin’ West will begin on April 6 at 1pm with doors opening every two hours until the final episode at 9pm on April 7. Audiences are free to join the story at any point and to stay for as little or as long as they wish. Each episode begins with the ‘story so far’ to catch up.
Parental guidance is advised – things do get a bit bonkers when you’ve been performing for a day and a half without a break – but as ever there will be a special family-friendly episode taking place between 11am and 1pm on Sunday, suitable for audiences of any age. Episodes begin on odd numbered hours and continue all through the night – you can even take a sleeping bag and your jim jams if you don’t want to miss any of the action.
Tickets are £5 per episode, available on the door; it is £25 for a weekend pass, leaving you free to come and go throughout the event, and £10 for a sleepover ticket valid from 11pm Saturday to 9am Sunday, both of which are available on the door or online at impropriety.co.uk.
Here’s my review of last year’s event over on Seven Streets.