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Come and witness the creation of a brand-new musical, every night!

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Fri 21 Oct - Wed 26 Oct 2022, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 7.30pm Audio Described: Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm Relaxed: Tue 25 Oct, 7.30pm BSL Interpreted: Wed 26 Oct, 7.30pm

Runtime: 1h 30m

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All eyes may be on the Barbican where Improbable Theatre's Phelim McDermott is directing My Neighbour Totoro for the RSC, which has its press night on Tuesday. But you shouldn’t overlook the company’s other show, An Improbable Musical, which demonstrates the company’s inventive fizz and remarkable skills in improvisation which has driven their work over the last 30 years. Using puppetry, animation and music, this is a show which is conjured entirely from nothing, which is always in the moment, and which puts the alive into live theatre every time it is performed by a crack team. The show got rave reviews when it was seen in Northampton earlier this year and should add to the reputation of a company that has consistently reinvented the possibilities of improvisation and puppetry.

About An Improbable Musical

Theatre as live as it gets. You want to know a secret? The best bits of any show, you never get to see: beautiful moments of discovery, fresh minted gags, a story coming alive for the first time – all this happens in the rehearsal room. Less of a secret is that you never see the worst: dead ends, duff choices, bits that don’t fit. But what if we let you in on the secret and put them ALL on the stage: triumphs, disasters, the wonderful and the what-the-hell? How? By improvising from scratch a new show made especially for the audience that night. Story, song and puppetry conjured from the unlikeliest materials by matchless performers and every moment of creation (or lack of it) witnessed by you. Definitely not an attempt to improvise the “classic” musical but an unapologetic experiment in starting with nothing and seeing where we end up. Improbable are maestros of improvised theatre, who for three decades have created make-it-up-as-you-go-along shows that have captivated audiences across the world from off-Broadway to the National Theatre. It might be hilarious or heart-breaking, anarchic or eerily atmospheric but their first ever improvised musical aims to spin theatrical magic out of thin air. Age Recommendation: 14+