New workshop – Improv and Storytelling – 17 November

October 18, 2012

Box of Frogs Workshop: Improv and Storytelling
Saturday 17 November, 10:30am-5pm, Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street Birmingham B18 6AD

In this workshop we will look at how you can use basic improv techniques like ‘accept and build’, ‘be obvious’ and ‘jump and justify’ to create instant stories, either on your own or as part of a group. We will also look at narrative tools like the ‘story spine’, which can be used to gently guide your improvised stories in the right direction. This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners, and will be led by Matt VW on behalf of Box of Frogs. £15 – pay on the day but please confirm attendance in advance. Contact Matt at for more details or to book.



October 16, 2012

Birmingham’s top comedy improv group is back on Thursday 25 October – and this time they’re taking on Hollywood.  Movie Makeover is a new show from Foghorn Improv, which will feature completely improvised movie remakes based on audience members’ favourite films. Unlike Hollywood producers who spend years developing a project, Foghorn Improv’s performers will create movie magic at a moment’s notice on the night itself, with no scripts or rehearsal.  It’s a daring proposition, but promises to be both fun and rewarding, as Kit Murdock, the group’s founder, explains:

“We’ve put on lots of shows, so we know we can make an audience laugh. There will plenty of laughs in this show too, but we also want to give our audience moments of suspense, drama, tragedy and triumph, just like you get in the movies. This format will also provide lots of opportunities for the audience to get involved, which is something we know from experience can turn a good show into a great one.”

Foghorn Improv is the resident improv group at the Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre, where they perform on the last Thursday of each month.  Each show features six to eight performers from a strong pool of local talent. Future shows will include a spoof on university life and a festive Christmas competition between improv teams from across the midlands.

Thingy of the Week #4 Foghorn on Film

October 8, 2012

Weekly thingies have been notably absent of late. I’m trying to do my 10,000 hours of improv, you see and it doesn’t half play havoc with your schedule.

One of the few improv events I didn’t manage to crowbar my way into recently was this little bit of magic – some videos of fellow Foghorn Improv performers doing what they do best (by which I mean improv).

Check it out! Foghorn on Film!

And while you’re at it, there’s still time to treat yourself to a ticket for Foghorn Improv’s Party Political Broadcast which is on TOMORROW NIGHT (Tuesday 9 October, 8pm, Old Joint Stock, £10).

What happens next?

September 12, 2012

Many of you will know the improv exercise ‘What happens next?’ It is a group storytelling exercise in which a room full of people shout out suggestions about what should happen next, which are acted out by one or more performers.

It feels like my life is turning into a version of ‘What happens next?’ – a deranged version in which all the suggestions are GIG! SHOW! WORKSHOP!

Yep, this is a long-winded way of saying that there is a MASSIVE amount of improv coming up in the next few months. Due to the sheer volume of stuff I have decided to create a new page to list it all.

What happens next? Well, I guess you head over to check out what’s on, that’s what.

Come and make it up if you think you’re hard enough

September 10, 2012

An exciting new venture from Box of Frogs.

Bread and Circus is the ultimate DIY Improv night.

Come along, put you name in the hat, and when it gets drawn it’s your turn on stage!  Games, scenes, sketches, you choose.

Completely free, and open to all levels of experience, including none.


Wednesday September 19th,  at the Patrick Kavanagh pub in Moseley. Starts 8pm.

More details here

Box of Frogs free show – Sunday 9th September

September 7, 2012

Box of Frogs is appearing at The Crescent Theatre this Sunday 9th as part of ArtsFest. 3pm till 3:30pm. Come and be ArtsFested!

Watch this space…

September 3, 2012

Watch this space.