• Amy Toledano

ShakeItUp: The Improvised Shakespeare Show

What is it? 

ShakeItUp Theatre presents The Improvised Shakespeare Show.

What's it all about? 

Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for an age, so Shake It Up Theatre thought they would give Old Shakespeare a hand. Using his language, audience suggestions and their overactive imagination, they create a new Shakespearean play live on stage, with live music, songs and plenty of laughs.

How Did It Make Me Feel?

It’s a very tricky thing to be able to improvise, let alone in iambic pentameter, but Shake It Up Theatre pull it off. This particular night we watched the creation of ‘The History of Keith the Thirteenth of Slough'. For an hours show it is very funny, and often witty and had the majority of the audience laughing hysterically throughout. 

The ensemble made up of Abigail Clay, James Dart, Rebecca Gibbs, Joseph Prestwich and Edward Kaye work together well, and give a strong sense of team work during the show. They maintain this as they play and create a very fun show for everyone present.

The shows one hour running time is a good idea, as it does feel nearer the end of the piece that it is beginning to lose it's plot. The musicians - Caleb Mitchell and Rose Trustman feel a little under-used, but the shows structure benefits from their constant presence and keeps it moving forward.

Where is it playing?

Thursday 24th October: The Cat's Back, Putney, Monday 11th November : The Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington, Thursday 28th November : The Cat's Back, Putney and Thursday 5th December: The Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington.

Anything else?

Overall, a very enjoyable hour, but one that comes to a natural ending quite quickly.

Claire-Monique x

ShakeItUp: The Improvised Shakespeare Show is playing at The Hen and Chickens Theatre on the 5th December 2019.

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