Gig Alert: Millions of Voices – The Improvised Star Wars Show – Friday 24 June 2016 – Nottingham Playhouse

The Force Is With You

This Friday we unleash the unknown stories of those lost on Alderaan. For what seems like forever, we’ve been rehearsing, performing and warming up for the only city that really matters – Nottingham. We’re splashing Star Wars all over the Nottingham Playhouse this Friday and it’s really quite exciting. Not only are we bringing the show I might love the most to town, but we’re supported by Rhymes Against Humanity – yet another brand new MissImp venture – our first musical improv team.

You should come!

Millions of Voices – The Improvised Star Wars Show
Friday 24th June
Nottingham Playhouse – Neville Studio
Wellington Circus
8.00pm – buy tickets online £8.00 / 7.00

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The Source Awakens

Martin, Parky and I came up with the idea while travelling back from Luton – an oddly inspiring escape. Once annihilated by the Death Star, the planet Alderaan is never referred to again in the Star Wars films, and is barely mentioned even in the Expanded Universe. We’re addressing that callous dismissal – this is ‘Episode IV.01 An Audience Suggestion’. We take just the subtitle as our suggestion from the audience and then provide about a hour of quality Star Wars related scenes and stories.

I’ve been having enormous fun doing the graphics. There have been many versions of the logo already. It’s brilliant just playing with the Star Wars fonts! I assume that one day I’ll settle on a logo…


Gig Alert – Seas of Mirth at Nottingham Contemporary Saturday – 11 June 2016

Seaworthy Songs And Oceanically Wasted

Acclaimed shanty and pirate rock masters Seas of Mirth are launching their brand new album HARK! THE HEADLAND APPROACHETH with I’m Not From London Records at the Nottingham Contemporary this Saturday.

With support from 94 GUNSHIPS and GOOEY STUEY’S TECHNO CEILIDH it’s gonna be a wicked evening.

Kind lads that they are, they’ve asked Captain Pigheart to compere and possibly provide the odd piratical tale of adventure! I am revising tales especially for this occasion…

Even better – it’s FREE!

Seas of Mirth album launch
Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross

Saturday 11th June
Starts 7.30pm

Artwork by Stuart Faulkner

Artwork by Stuart Faulkner

This Week, Monday 22 June 2015

Furthest From The Sea Festival 2015

FFTS15I am knackered. I blame Matt McGuinness and Dan Webber in particular. The reasons are diverse and good, and chiefly centre on last Saturday. For the third year in a row Furthest From The Sea have organised a huge free festival of music, theatre, comedy and arts in the middle of Derby. It’s ace, and I’ve been privileged to be involved in them all. This year I got involved really late, and I’ve been out of the FFTS scene all year. I really only have two skills though, and I’m pretty much useless until this point. I can talk (endlessly), and so got to compere the St Peter’s Quarter stage. I managed not to say a single offensive thing about religion (into the mic) for the whole day. My other skill is in carrying things. I lack any technical grasp of the magic boxes of switches and sliders, but I can carry bits of gazebo and weights across the town centre.

It was an amazing day. I got up early (though not as early as the hardcore crew) and got to Derby at around nine. It was drizzling cheerfully and a cool tonic to my recently caffeinated frame. I haven’t been drinking coffee daily for nearly a month and by god it felt marvellous. So – two hours of set up, a change of stage to compere, many, many weights to carry and people to chirp at happily. It was great to see a whole bunch of people who I adore and hadn’t realised I’d missed so much.

A Lovely Day’s Babble

Arjana Dance

Rebecca Rhythm

We managed to kick our stage off on time, despite the inevitable agonies of tech. I was happily reunited with the dedicatedly miserable Jamie Darcy with whom I’ve done many Knickerbocker Gloriouses and his assistant Becky. It went marvellously. I enjoy the shuffling of acts when someone’s late (or missing entirely) and conspiring to get it all back on track.  I also love talking to drunks and shouting youths: they make great stooges, as do many of the acts.

We had a couple of improv slots too, once on our stage for some improv games like Alphabet Game and Letter Replacement Therapy which went down well, then we ran off down to the Theatre Stage an hour later to deliver a spot of mock-Shakespeare: The Locksmith, a formerly unknown work by big Bill. That was a lot of fun.

The only problem with compering a stage is that you don’t get to see all the other cool stuff happening. Still, I loved the day. I even loved the break down afterwards (third t-shirt!) and then, of course, going to the pub. I also got to see a very old friend – the friendship is old, she’s the same age as me… oh, that is quite old – and meet her other half and miniature humans. Shocking! But very lovely.

Here are some badly taken photographs:

The St Peter’s Quarter Stage Running Order

Samuel James Tidmarsh – a beautifully coiffed man with a ukelele and a voice you could spread on toast

The Feathers – the superb folk act who actually fought back the rain

Rebecca Rhythm – the rain returned and Rebecca tapped right through it, which looked very much like a slip hazard. Turns out I might not be a good tap dancer.

Carl North – the quality half of Lucille (sorry Scott…)

Rhythmical Mike – fast-paced performance poetry delivered into the faces of an unsuspecting crowd
The Herron Brothers – very good humoured indie pop stuff (I don’t know what genres mean anymore) with two charming performers

MissImp – that’s us! Marilyn and Martin joined me for a string of word torture games
Arjana Dance – as ever, the ladies captured a huge crowd with their graceful dancing and glittering costumes

The Open Road – the only set I missed because I was performing on the Theatre Stage. But I have their CD and it’s great!

Louise Grattan – fine fiddling action which made me feel like I was in the middle of a film. Electric violin – what the fuck!
Fine Arts Society – they put me back into the nineties with their splendid indie sound

♥Last Week’s Scribbles

This Week, Monday 15th June 2015  – immersion is so fine

Drinking Diary on Pinterest – this is what I drink

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 7th July – Interrobang – Improv Comedy Night


Interrobang is part of the Derby Comedy Festival. The only show of its kind in Derby, brought to you by MissImp & Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts, features an improvised comedy jam in which everyone can take part, followed by a showcase of the best improv in the region.

Tickets are £5 preorder and £6 on the Door. Click here to book:

Hosted in the Cube (Cafe/Bar) area of Déda Derby through out the night you will be able to order food and drink.

Box Office Phone: 01332 370 911

Déda Derby – Déda, 19 Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, DE1 3GU Derby


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MissImp in the Nottingham Comedy Festival 2014

Stuff To Do Next Week

The year spins round to the Nottingham Comedy Festival once more and the eight days from 19th to the 27th September are as full as ever. Check out the full line up here.

As ever we’re contributing a few bouts of entertainment ourselves – Pub Poetry on Monday, a free improv workshop on Tuesday and our regular The Glee Club show on Friday! Join us – we will have fun.

NCF 2014

Monday 22nd September 2014

Pub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

NCF Pub Poetry 2014 A fun, free and informal night of light-hearted and comic spoken word and poetry with plenty of drinking: without beer, literature is nothing. Bring your own words, bring your favourite authors or just sit back and listen. Poems, short stories, songs are all welcome – just so long as they’re funny.
48-52 Canal Street
8.00pm – FREE

Tuesday 23nd September 2014

Introduction to Improv Comedy Workshop

NCF MissImp Workshop 2014Want to be funny, spontaneous and creative? This introduction to improvised comedy takes you into games, exercises and techniques for finding comedy and creativity with others.
Hopkinson 21
21 Station Street
8.00pm (finish approx 10pm) – FREE

Friday 26th September 2014

MissImp in Action – live improv comedy show

MissImp_In_Action 2014Thrilling all-action end of the month show sporting the best of MissImp inventing scenes and playing games.
The Glee Club
The Waterfront
Canal Street
8.30pm (doors open at 8pm) – £4.50 in advance/£6 on the door (£3 students/MissImp)

This Week, Monday 9 June 2014


Week One Is Over

A sense of relief. As promised, last weekend’s insane ICT migration completed with a paucity of useful information and no assurance of success. Thus does government IT stumble forwards. Naturally chaos ensued. It’s even more worrying that we managed much better than most areas because of all the extra pre-planning and mitigation work I devised before the cutover weekend. Even more fun – that work is invisible to our users; you can’t see the problems we evaded. They’ve been left with plenty we could nothing about for days. Total incompetence and bland complacent indifference characterise the managers at the top of the stupid tree. A week later and it’s starting to get under control.

Ow Fucking Ow

Ow Ya BastardAlso, last week my bicycle tried to kill me. I’ve finally faced up to the challenge of mastering the bike I inherited from Colin. It’s a nice light road bike and is the complete opposite in weight, feel and gears to my previous bike. I’ve finally figured out how to work the bloody gears (sure, I could have looked it up but where would the fun be in that?) and I was feeling pretty good about the whole thing.

Then I clipped a kerb with the edge of my left pedal going round a corner. They’re slightly, ever so slightly wider than I’m used to. Ker-plang! I’m spacked down in the road again. Lots of ouch. I didn’t realise until I got to work that I’d gouged bite marks out of my calf with the gear wheel. I thought I’d just horribly smashed my ankle. Twenty minutes with my foot in a sink of cold water and some bandaging and I was fine.

Now the bastard thing’s got a massive puncture and I’m struggling to get the right inner tube. So, if you ever see someone toss a bottle into the road – do me a favour and punch the twat.


I’ve been working much more than I really want to, but that should also come under control again. I’ve skipped lots of improv and other evenings out and I think I’m at risk of sliding into an antisocial pit. So – we need an explosion of scribbling and Legoing. Awesomely I’ve now saved up enough to get Metalbeard’s Seacow! Hurrah, another trip to the Lego Shop beckons…

One day I will finish cataloguing what I did in Amsterdam…

Plus, this week has the eternal joy of Gorilla Burger and next week we finally bring improv to Derby with Interrobang followed by the Furthest From The Sea Festival! Huzzah!

Last Week’s Scribbles

The Windmill PubThis Week, Monday 2 June 2014 – I can’t lie, this is mostly moaning about work, but also three great books

Things That (Almost) Bring Me To Tears: Let It Go – sometimes I am sad-faced

Amsterdam Day Three – Perambulation – a wandering day to an excellent pub in a windmill

Furthest From The Sea Festival 21 June 2014 – good grief but I’m looking forwards to this!


I’ve been reading, of course, it’s like breathing!

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

A very, very dark story of mental health, fantasy, horror and magic. Constantly surprising and refreshing in its honesty and madness. I loved it. I really don’t want to give anything about it away so I’m stuck with saying no more…


Arslan, by M.J. Engh

I picked this up partly because it’s out in the SF Masterworks range, despite being only four years old – good going! It seems well written and conceived, being the overthrow of civilisation (well, the US at least) by General Arslan,  a violent Muslim soldier determined to save the world by destroying it.

I just couldn’t get past the parts about the young man and woman who are taken from the local school by Arslan and raped repeatedly, “first the rape and then the wooing”. I don’t know if the characterisation of the self-professed Muslim Arslan and his views get dealt with in the book, but I’m afraid I can’t read any more of it. Maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future.


Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

I’ve had this rather pretty book on my shelf for a little while. It’s the “official” sequel to Bram Stoker’s excellent Gothic horror (Dacre is his great grand-nephew). It’s quite fun, written in the third person rather than the letters of the original, but captures the style well. It features young Quincey Harker, Mina and Jonathan’s son fighting the possible return of Dracula.

It’s kind of revisionist, painting Dracula as a hero versus Elizabeth Bathory. I think it’s slightly confused about itself, and does feature the awful self-indulgence of having Bram Stoker as the author of Dracula in the story (for no especially good reason). It’s enjoyable though – they’re finally getting on with the chase now.

Events and Excitement

Thursday 12th June 2014

Gorilla Burger – Improv Comedy Carnage

Gorilla Burger2_SQ_SM

Jam show – a chance for anyone to get on stage and have a go at improv games and scenes for the first time, or the fiftieth!

The Corner
8 Stoney Street
(off Broad Street)
7.30pm – £4

Bring Your Own Drinks

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Interrobang – Spontaneous Comedy Theatre


The only show of its kind in Derby, Interrobang features an improvised comedy jam in which everyone can take part followed by a showcase of the best improv in the region. Proudly presented by Furthest From The Sea and Derby Live.

The Bookcafe
Get Tickets NowCathedral Quarter
Derby DE1 2PL
7.30pm – £5

Saturday 21st June 2014

FFTS 2014The Furthest From The Sea Festival


A whole day of free music, theatre, comedy, workshops and craft fairs! An awesome celebration across a dozen stages and venues of everything brilliant in the arts.

From the Market Place to The Bookcafe
Derby City Centre
10am – 5pm FREE



Furthest From The Sea Festival 21 June 2014

FFTS 2014


I can’t believe it’s come around so fast! Derby’s best festival is completely free! I’m looking forwards to being there and soaking up an astonishing assortment of live music, comedy, arts and anything else you can think of. I’m running an improv workshop during the day too, and will undoubtedly manage to sneak onto at least one stage… It’s going to be brilliant. Come along! You might also notice familiar voices on the promo videos (should you know me and my other half by sound). Last year‘s was massive, this year’s is ten times as massive.

In the run up to the festival, we’re finally bringing improv comedy to Derby with Interrobang – Spontaneous Theatre:

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Interrobang – Spontaneous Comedy Theatre


The only show of its kind in Derby, Interrobang features an improvised comedy jam in which everyone can take part followed by a showcase of the best improv in the region. Proudly presented by Furthest From The Sea and Derby Live.

The Bookcafe
Get Tickets NowCathedral Quarter
Derby DE1 2PL
7.30pm – £3


The Furthest From the Sea festival in Derby is a day of free entertainment and activities for all ages! Taking place between 11am – 4pm in the City’s Cathedral Quarter on the 21st June, come along and enjoy live music, poetry, theatre, arts & crafts and more.

Featuring four dedicated music stages showcasing well known and emerging local bands and choirs, professional & community-lead theatre, dance troupes, a packed-out stand-up comedy stage, a vintage photography trail in conjunction with W.W Winters, exclusive handmade arts and crafts stalls and creative workshops. Suitable for all the family, with add on events including Derby comedy festival performances from Sinfonia VIVA, Derby Sketching Club’s annual exhibition and, not least, a charity firewalk organised and run by PACE Derby.

With support from Derby LIVE, Cathedral Quarter Derby and Derby City Council.

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Check out the insanely endless list of performers for the day:

CENTRAL PERFORMANCE AREA – at the Market Square – Compered by Andy Potter

Rock & Pop Choir
David Chabeaux
Sing for your Supper Choir
Hoverla Ukranian Dance
Mehira’s Jewels / Solar School of Samba / The Flying Studio
The Open Road
Arabesque Dance Academy
Karl & The Marx Brothers
Derby Vocal Academy – group performances from our talented students.

ROOTS STAGE – outside Derby Live

Ben Quintin
Joe Barber
Jamie Beau
Midge Harding
Carl North
Ryan Thomas
Hugh Stewart
Jason Barker


Dred Roberts
Amy & Lily
Kai Swarvet
Emma Bladon Jones
James Hatley and the Whalers
Georgia Fowler
Ben Farmer
Tom Ash
Ben Haynes
Stuart Marno
Henry Sharpe
Finn & Olivia
Rachal Delooze
Hannah Howe
Lucy Milford

BAND STAGE – Blacksmith’s Yard on Sadler Gate

Danny & The Martians
Further Than Forever
Soapbox Preacher
Allenton Hippo
The Sons
Great Scott
The Feathers
Backyard Bohemians

KNICKERBOCKER GLORIOUS – variety event at the Waterfall:

Emily White
Josh Kemp
Groove 66
Cordao De Ouro Derby
Leah Sinead
Rob Stutchburry
The Phil Langran Band
Alice Macy
Lisa de Ville
Scribble Victory
Lawrence Penn
Mehira’s Jewels
Faye Lartey
Luke Whitmore

STANDING JOKE COMEDY STAGE – the Old Bell Ballroom – Compered by Tony Bigissue Peppiatt

Marshall B Anderson
Jo D’Arcy
Patrick Draper
Ben Clark
Bruce Edhouse
Ben Ennis
Ben Clark
Theresa Farlowe
James Hately
Jay Islaam
Francis Jenking
Ishi Khan-Jackson
Matt Kinson
Lu Lo
Rhos C Lumis
Leanne McKie
Lyra May
Dan Nicholas
Andy Nightingale
Paul Nightingale
Thomas Rackham
Dwayne Reads
James Wallace
Joe Ross Williams
Richard Young

THEATRE stage at Guildhall Club Rooms

Life Theatre Limited
Borderline Arts
ASTARA and more!


CATHEDRAL QUARTER ARTS & CRAFTS FAYRE – Guildhall Arches and Market Place – 10:00am

Beautiful handcraftes and designed jewellery, homewares, toys, art and more….

ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS – Derby Market Place – 10:00am

Crafty Top Hats – drop in anytime
Whiffle Pig – seamonsters and nautical accessories
Empowerment Dolls
Landscape Oil Painting
PERCUSSIVE GUITAR WORKSHOP – Derby Market Place with Jamie Beau
30 minute slots throughout the day.
IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP – Derby Market Place with MissImp, Nottingham – 1pm-2:30pm

Vintage Photography Trail with W.W.Winters

BenBrown Hair
Police Station
Quad Cafe
Filthy Rich
Scenta Flora
BPM Records
Galactic Models
Ink and Thread

Sinfonia Viva Presents: Sounds like fun!

£7.50 or £6.27 if purchased online.

As part of Derby Comedy Festival produced by Derby Live, Sinfonia Viva – with the incomparable Alasdair Malloy leading proceedings – presents a concert of chuckling classics and merry melodies for 6-11yr olds to enjoy.

11:30am and 2pm, and will run for about an hour.

1623 Trainee Actors

In the Gardens behind QUAD

Join the trainee actors of Derby’s very own 1623 theatre company as they present a unique collection of snippets from Shakespeare’s plays. This talented group of young people have worked with 1623 over the last ten months to learn and develop performance skills including voice, puppetry and singing. Come along to see the Bard’s newest recruits at the gardens behind QUAD.

Derby Sketching Cub

Guildhall Theatre Lobby
David Walton judging from the Birmingham Society of Artists. Some cards, prints and paintings for sale.


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