The show where nothing is certain


Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, May 5, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc, £15 premier.

WE can’t tell you how good this will be, as no one knows yet – unpredictability is the name of the game.

Showstopper! is entirely improvised: a brand new musical is created at each performance.

A writer has just one hour to create a hit show to impress his producer.

Stuck for ideas, he takes audience suggestions for a title, storylines and musical styles that they’d like to see in the show.

The Showstoppers then create a musical from scratch based around that structure.

It is a successful formula which has delivered sell-out runs at the Edinburgh fringe as well as touring the UK, and was broadcast in a six-part series on BBC Radio 4.

The show began life as a workshop at the Actors’ Centre in London, when Dylan Emery, Adam Meggido and Ken Campbell took a group of actors with little or no improvisation experience and within a week attempted to get them to perform an hour-long musical in front of a packed house.

This was such a success that Dylan and Adam decided to gather together a group of professionals and create a fully-fledged show and, before long, the project had secured financial backing from musicals veteran Keith Strachan for the Edinburgh Fringe and a London residency.