Happily Ever After

The Kazimier, Liverpool

Johanna Roberts | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happily Ever After written by Johanna Roberts for Downstage Centre, published on Thursday, March 19, 2015Head to Liverpool and venture into the deep, dark recesses of storytelling this weekend with Impropriety.

Hot on the heels of the success of 300!, Impropriety are offering lovers of improvisation another feast this coming weekend.


However instead of the amuse-bouche of the minute-long scenes of 300!, we are being offered Happy Every After? a positive banquet of inspiration and imagination lasting 2015 minutes (33 hours and 25 minutes). As the title suggests, the theme centres on the stories familiar to us from childhood, but these tales are far from the sanitised versions Disney serve up to today’s generation. Thus, we are invited to immerse ourselves in ‘enchanted forests, troll-infested bridges, and gingerbread cottages’ with a focus on the ‘deep dark recesses of storytelling’ that will resonate with anyone who has read the original Grimm’s tales or who has seen how the most mundane story can be transformed courtesy of Impropriety’s magic wand.
We are invited to immerse ourselves in ‘enchanted forests, troll-infested bridges, and gingerbread cottages'
And if that weren’t enough to whet your appetite, they will be joined by a host of other improvisers from companies such as Showstopper, Project Two and Austentatious, as well as Jason Hardy from Die-Nasty. There will also be live improvised music from several bands from the Liverpool music scene, including Dogshow, Dead Hedge Trio, Kazimier Krunk Band, and The Bog Standards, who will be providing a magical and melodic backdrop to the onstage storytelling.

But how can this be? I hear you exclaim. Well, for those brave enough to venture beyond the fringes of the forest of fantasy and delve ever deeper into the mystery and mayhem of improvised storytelling, basically, the logistics are as follows. Improvathon Impropriety LiverpoolThe fun all takes place at The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, beginning at 1pm on Saturday 21st March and continuing through the night (pyjamas and sleeping bags recommended) until the final tale concludes at 10.35pm on Sunday 22nd March. The 33 and a half (almost) hours are split into two-hour episodes, with tickets for each episode costing a mere £5 (payable on the door) and with weekend passes, which allow you to come and go throughout the weekend, available for £25 (and tickets a mere £15 for the 'Sleepover' from 11pm Sat – 11am Sun).


As each episode begins with ‘the story so far’, there’s no need to worry about missing essential plot developments. While a PG tag is attached to most of the episodes, there will be a Family Episode on the Sunday, from 11am to 1pm. You would be mad to miss it!



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