Surviving a weekend Improvathon on laughs and vino


Is it physically possible to watch a 50-hour theatre improvathon without dying?

From 7pm on Friday May 29 to 9pm on Sunday May 31 I’m going to be locked in the LOST Theatre [SW8] blogging 50 hours of improvised comedy soap-opera from Extempore Theatre about our favourite place, Tinseltown, says Stage Review’s Sarah Cox.


Okay, not technically LOCKED in the theatre (that’d be a fire risk), but will-power and stupidity will almost certainly prevent me from leaving.

I’ll be staying awake for as long as possible so as not to miss the action, fuelled by caffeine, Sauvignon Blanc, and some stuff I’ve packed in Tupperware.

During the intervals, I’ll be posting regular reviews of the performance and/or chronicling my descent into madness.

The aim’s a sort of.. very British, Hunter S Thompson style, gonzo theatre blog but, let’s face it, it’ll probably be completely unreadable after the first evening, once the lack of sleep kicks in.

Every bit of nonsense will be written here, with some of the more legible, professional, highlights posted on the brilliant labour-of-love and one-stop shop for theatre reviews and news, There’ll also be occasional Twitter action from @spookyjulie (me) and @stage_review (The Editor) as well.

I have absolutely no idea why I’m doing this, other than our favourite theatre PR Kevin Wilson needed someone up for the challenge and I recklessly put my hand up.

“At LOST you have the right to succeed, the right to fail, but most of all the right to try,” apparently. Let’s see what happens, and hope I get out of there alive. PS If there’s no WiFi, I’m screwed.

*Why don’t you come and join me for some or all of the weekend?

The hilarious homage to all things Hollywood, features leading improvisers from the UK and overseas, playing a range of lovable and eccentric characters in modern-day Los Angeles.

Screen sirens, budding starlets, struggling writers, crazed directors, big-shot producers… it takes all sorts to make the most successful movie studio in the world!

Each episode lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes followed by a fifteen-minute break. Episodes start at 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 1am, 3am etc – right the way through the night.

Audiences can buy tickets for any stand-alone episode or watch as many hours as they like. Many brave the whole extravaganza with a fifty hour pass.

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