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 Oxford uni 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.
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!
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15 shows for 15 years
2019 is the 15th Anniversary of the Oxford Imps. To celebrate we will be bringing you 15 shows across the year! Scroll to see some of our wonderful 15 shows!
May 17th 2019 - The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Oxford.
Join us in The Oxford Artisan Distillery (T.O.A.D) for an evening of country western mayhem. From hay bales and tumbleweeds to gunslinging outlaws and lily livered cowards, from cowboys and gamblers to bounty hunters and law abiding sheriffs. Expect gun toting, horse riding, saloon door swinging characters from the old west all based on your suggestion. Complete with live country music, this is a hilarious hoedown not to be missed.
5. WALKING TOUR
June 1st 2019 - Broad Street, Oxford.
Oxford is a city overflowing with walking tours, from historical guides to Harry Potter and Inspector Morse. For one day only we will take you on a walking tour of Oxford where the information will be... completely made up! Taking your suggestions and forcing our finest improvisers to make up facts on the spot we will walk you around the dreaming spires informing you of the lesser-known and more questionable facts. A comedy walking tour for the fake news generation.
June 23rd 2019 - Magdalen College School Playing Grounds.
Sail with us on the banks of the Cherwell river for an improvised pirate adventure! Get on board, raise up the main sheet and walk the plank as we explore the seven seas! As part of the Oxford Festival of Arts. Far from arrrr rated this is fun for all the family as we take your suggestions to steer us into stormy waters. Join us on the island of Magdalen College School, home to Oxford’s largest Arts Festival for one night only on the atmospheric setting of the banks of the river Cherwell.
7. Film Noir
July 6th 2019 - Didcot Railway Centre
Taking your suggestions we will improvise a brand new story in the style of a film noir, so hop aboard the steam train and head on over to the big city. These streets are filled with murder, crime and injustice. With gangs around every corner, spies in every train carriage and femme fatales in every smokey jazz club. Expect more monologues and more cigarettes than is healthy. Featuring steamy love affairs, steamy streets, steamy steam trains and steamy… steam.
More shows coming soon…
Previous shows of the 15!
Jan 27th 2019 - Lady Margaret Hall, Simpkins Lee Theatre
We returned with a rambunctious, glittering, improvised showpiece: The Improvised Cabaret. Using your suggestions to inspire each twist and turn, the live band and performers will invent, on the spot, a cabaret that has never been seen, nor will ever be seen again. Come, come, to the traveling theatre show for one night only… with guest appearance from drag double act ‘The Dragprov Revue’.
Feb 13th, 14th, 15th, Common Ground Workspace, Little Clarendon Street
We explored the world of shared spaces using audience suggestions of a set location.
Watch as, with your help, the Imps build the world and improvise the characters who might inhabit it. Wherever the show comes ‘Live From…’ each night, the Imps will use a series of scenes tell the story of that location and those who have interacted with it. Spread apart by time and circumstance but all joined by one important site, these characters will reveal the mysteries, idiosyncrasies and delights of each night of where they find themselves—and where you join them. Who knows, maybe some of the characters will have more in common than just a shared space…
Feb 20th 2019, Leicester Cathedral, part of the Leicester Comedy Festival
We performed at Leicester Cathedral for a completely improvised funeral! Taking your suggestions we will show the life and times of a fictitious individual. With vibrant vicars, horrendous hymns, and flashbacks to the life of the deceased. You'll die laughing as we urn your applause putting the fun into funeral. "refreshingly interactive" Opening Night "Devilishly funny" Daily Info "Dead Funny" Oxford Mail "Devastatingly funny" ***** Ed Fringe Review
March 8th, East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley
In partnership with the Young Women’s Music Project, the Imps presented an evening of laughs, audience suggestions and supporting a good cause. Rejoicing in all things comedy, the bill featured our usual rib-tickling Improv as well as rip-roaring stand up, all supported of course by our wonderful improv musicians and technicians. No hysteria, only Hysterical!
April 3rd 2019, The Wheatsheaf Pub, Oxford.
The Oxford Imps are famously family-friendly – but for one night only – nothing’s off limits! See the Imps like you’ve never seen them before, casting off their halos and embracing their inner devils! Expect a night of drinking, swearing and all round-naughtiness – and that’s just the audience… So steal some tickets, down your drinks, and choose a safe word – it’s about to get X rated! Fun for all the filthy minded… The venue is the upstairs of the Wheatsheaf pub. £5/6
2018 auditions will be held:
10th October 2018 - 6.30pm OR 8.30pm
11th October 2018 - 6.30pm OR 8.30pm
The Story Museum, Pembroke Street~
Please only turn up to ONE audition slot!
Performers on stage
We hold open auditions once a year for stage performers. Absolutely anyone can audition - anyone! Students, locals, 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.
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:
- Corporate entertainment
- Murder Mysteries
- 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
Let us know what you’d like to organise, and we can work with you to make it happen.
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