With Impromime, our December 2002 show at the ADC theatre in Cambridge, we started with the premise of a traditional English pantomime - heroes and villains, songs and slapstick, and so forth - and then let our normal improvisation process take over. Despite such a rich set of conventions and stereotypes, we rapidly discovered in rehearsal that the constraints imposed still allow for a huge amount of flexibility, and by the time we got to the performances we had already had pantomimes in modern-day England, deep underground in the Rat Kingdom, and in outer space.
In front of an audience, we had a vampire dentist, a hero with hairy toes, Margaret Thatcher cutting down the forests and introducing conscription, and a machine that turned orphans into gold. And positively no pirates.
With thanks to: The Porters of Girton, New Hall, Trinity, Trinity
Hall, Christ's, Queens', Pembroke, Downing and Homerton Colleges;
Rebecca, Allie and Andy at the ADC Theatre; Kevin at Red Flag; Talking
T's; Stefan and the Footlights Committee; The Director, Cast and Crew
of The Silliad; Gareth Taylor; Amy Anderson; UD founders Phil Stott,
Tom Bell, Ben Brafman, Pete Lawrence and James Bench-Capon; everyone
who has supported us this far ... and The Lego Group.