The School of Night

4 Stars ****

From the creators of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, comes the improv show which gives Shakespeare and other literary forms the same treatment.

Ken Campbell leads the troupe with confidence through Chaucer, Shakespeare and anything else the audience has at hand revealing a bold skill which is a pleasure to watch.

We were treated to The Lamentable History of King Henry the Seventh-Part Two and the ancient elements got a makeover after being assigned music artists, Earth(Eminem/Leonard Cohen)Water(Enya)Air(S Club 7)Fire(Prodigy/Linkin Park), which then harmonised into a hysterical soundscape.

The Company work fantastically together, the improvisation is excellent and the connection that they build with the audience is brilliant. The detail of the improvisations is outstanding, being able to stay within the literary meter of verse and make it accessible comedy without being over indulgent.

If you love Shakespeare or struggle with it, it’s worth a trip to see. What it shares with Showstopper is being able to improvise within the genre and make great comedy and entertainment out of it rather than mock it and try to tell people how irrelevant it is.

For fans of improvised comedy, this is a must see.

Reviewed by Andrew Gourlay

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