Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Interactive project explores poisoning

IMPROVISATION pro Paul Merton takes to the road again with his latest Impro Chums show.

IMPROVISATION pro Paul Merton takes to the road again with his latest Impro Chums show.

The show follows the publication of his autobiography, Only When I Laugh, and more than a decade of sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Paul and his Impro Chums — Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster — take suggestions from the audience and turn them into comedy gold.

Paul Merton is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players, he still appears at the Comedy Store most Sundays. He is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular BBC shows Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood and his travel series for Channel Five, Paul Merton’s Adventures which covered his travels in India, China and Europe.

Mike Mcshane has made a career of improvising with his friends and making friends by improvising. He has appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Little Shop of Horrors and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and his TV work includes Doctor Who.

Lee Simpson became a member of the Comedy Store Players in 1989. He is artistic director of Improbable, one of the country’s foremost theatre companies and along with Richard Vranch he wrote and performed on Paul Merton — The Tour and Paul Merton — The Palladium, he also directed Paul Merton — And This is Me.

Richard Vranch improvises and writes comedy, and he does voiceovers for adverts and documentaries. Dr Vranch has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox, and he is half of the science/hula-hoop act Dr Hula. He has toured the world from Mexico to Palestine acting in sketch shows, and he does stand-up in French.

Suki Webster is a regular guest of The Comedy Store Players and co-wrote and was assistant director on Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood. Suki’s play, My Obsession, which she also starred in was well-received Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

The show comes to Oxford’s New Theatre on May 8. Box office www.atgtickets.com

AN INTERACTIVE show which looks at the death of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko is to be staged in Oxford.

The Litvinenko Project will be performed as part of Oxford Playhouse’s Play Out series.

Through a blend of documentary and theatricality production company 2Magpies Theatre tell the story of the man poisoned by polonium nine years ago. A public enquiry into his death in London failed to solve the mystery surrounding Litvinenko’s demise.

2Magpies Theatre was formed in 2012 by Tom Barnes and Matt Wilks to create new and exciting devised performance in unique site responsive locations.

The Litvinenko Project is presented as part of the Playhouse Plays Out programme of work, which brings theatre to unusual places across the county.

The show had sell-out runs last year and will be played at the Oxford Hub.

Tickets for The Litvinenko Project at The Oxford Hub on February 5 and 6 are £10 and are available from the box office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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