Every show is completely different, and made up on the spot entirely based on audience suggestions.
The Imps are a mixture of students and locals from the city of Oxford, UK, who do comedy similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
We perform weekly at The Wheatsheaf, Mondays at 8pm. Tickets are only £3.50 for two hours of entertainment. We also have a licensed bar open throughout the evening.
The Imps perform at arts festivals, comedy nights, and college balls across the country. We also have spin-off week long shows, and run workshops.
This summer we'll be returning to the Gilded Balloon to celebrate their 30th anniversary. We'll be performing at 3pm in the Sportsman. Tickets can be purchased for the fringe here.
We’ve toured France, the USA, Holland and Bosnia. Every summer we perform daily at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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Performers on stage
We hold open auditions once a year for stage performers. Absolutely anyone can audition, anyone! Student or non-student, whatever age, whatever experience.
WHAT ARE THE AUDITIONS LIKE?
We hold group auditions in which we play a few fun games with all of you and encourage you to feel as relaxed and as comfortable as possible. We are proud of how unscary our auditions are.
We look for performers who support others on stage, who are committed to what happens on stage, and who want to have fun. It is surprising how much further qualities like this will go in audition, as opposed to wittiness or an ability for gags. We think good improv comes from a good team, and we look for team members in our auditions.
Musicians, Tech and Production
Just as the comedy is improvised, so too is the tech and piano. We welcome anyone to audition who feels confident they can improvise music and tech for live performances.
WHAT ARE THE AUDITIONS LIKE?
For musicians, the audition involves improvised piano playing while some stage Imps perform. The stage Imps' work is to provide the action, your music can be expected to underscore, support and enhance the scene.
For tech Imps, the audition is an informal meeting to discuss your previous experience (if any– experience is not expected!)
We’re one of the best-run theatre companies in Oxford, and that takes a lot of help. Front-of-house and production positions can be available year-round. If you’re looking for front-of-house opportunities email us.
Tech, music, and production Imps are vital to the company and enjoy all the perks of being a stage Imp.
We are happy to perform almost anywhere
You can book us for public or private events, and are always open to ideas for interesting places and events to do shows. We usually perform our classic 45-minute set of sketches, games, and scenes, but we’ve also been:
- The cast at a murder mystery
- Guerilla Shakespeare perfomers
- Animals and moving trees at an Alice in Wonderland party
- French revolutionaries at an Oxford ball
- Living statues at a Roman-themed soirée
- Late night adventurer-tour guides in the Ashmolean Museum
- Animation voice-actors
- Commentators for Varsity Basketball matches
Let us know what you’d like to organise, and we can work with you to make it happen.
Our producers Frankie and Lucy would love to hear from you!
Use this form to whizz them a message about joining us, booking us, reviewing us or any other queries at all.