Expect the unexpected as improv festival returns
BRISTOL Jam, the UK's leading festival of improvisation, is set to return to the city this month.
The programme for the event, which runs at Bristol Old Vic from Monday, November 5, to Sunday, November 11, covers everything from comedians, musicians, poets, dancers, actors, singers and storytellers.
And although the stage is set – the content of their shows will be completely improvised.
Reggie Watts and Beardyman lead the charge at the festival with their own brands of beatboxing.
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The former is a comedian and vocalist, who will create a brand new on-the-spot spectacle of spontaneity on Monday, November 5, using only his voice and looping pedals.
Then, on Tuesday, audiences can help create a brand new music album by suggesting song titles for multi- award winning musician Beardyman.
The beatbox champion is known for producing studio quality compositions in the time it takes to hear them, and can manipulate any conceivable sound.
Fans of something a little bit different will no doubt enjoy Haushka and Polar Bear in a unique drum night of musical spontaneity while fans of comedy improvisation will recognise the influence of the legendary Phil Kay and the blistering new talent of Sara Pascoe.
As part of the festival entire musicals, novels and stories will be created on the spot or given a new spin.
As the festival draws to a close one of the highlights will be the text of Homer's Iliad set to classical and jazz music by Charles Hazlewood.
Fresh from conducting the closing ceremony of the Paralympics, Mr Hazlewood and his All Stars will perform while Bristol film actor Tom Hollander, known for his roles in comedy series Rev as well as films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride and Prejudice narrates.
Artistic director Tom Morris, left, said: "Are you open to the wildly unexpected avenue of possibility?
"Do you have the presence of mind to abandon all pre-existing theories and plans to the revelation of a 'Eureka; moment?
"We look forward to welcoming you to a unique week of unforgettable, unrepeatable pleasures."
To book tickets or find out more visit www.bristololdvic.org.uk.