Every show is completely different, made up on the spot and entirely based on audience suggestions.
The Imps are a happy mixture of students and locals from Oxford, UK, who do improvised comedy similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
We perform short-form as well as long-form improv; expect anything from scenes, songs, Shakespeare, raps and much more.... all made up on the spot!
Weekly performances happen during term time at the The Wheatsheaf Pub - Mondays at 8pm. Tickets are only £3.50 for two hours of entertainment.
We also have a licensed bar open throughout the evening.
Each year we perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year our show, which features guests from across the international improv scene will be at 1.30pm at the Gilded Balloon Teviot. Get your tickets here!
You name it, we've done it! We perform at arts festivals, comedy nights, and college balls across the country. We also have spin-off week long shows, and run workshops.
We’ve toured France, the USA, South Africa, Holland and Bosnia. Every summer we perform daily at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Who knows where we're headed next!
Every Monday Night.
Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
Gilded Balloon Teviot.
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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 unintimidating 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.
Auditions will take place on the Wednesday & Thursday of 1st week at Wadham College. There will be two time slots on each night. Audition sessions will start at 18:15 and 20:15 on each evening. You only need to turn up on one night, and at whichever time slot is most convenient for you. Join on the Facebook event here.
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.
You can book us for public or private events, and are always open to ideas for interesting places and events to do shows. Here are just a few things we've done in the past:
- The cast at a murder mystery
- After dinner entertainment
- Hen Dos / Weddings
- 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.
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