Acclaimed American improv stars The Pajama Men are the latest big name signings to be anounced for the eighth annual 50-Hour Improvathon, this coming weekend in London.
This year, the eighth annual 50-Hour Improvathon, being staged at the LOST Theatre from 7.00pm on Friday 29 May and finishing 9.00pm on Sunday 31 May, is an hilarious homage to all things Hollywood, featuring leading improvisers from the UK and overseas, playing a range of lovable and eccentric characters in modern-day Los Angeles. Screen sirens, budding starlets, struggling writers, crazed directors, big-shot producers… it takes all sorts to make the most successful movie studio in the world!
‘This year’s setting is a celebration of all the movies we know and love – with a dose of red-carpet Hollywood glamour,’ promises the event’s director, Adam Meggido.
A core group of around 20 actors will play the whole 50 hours, going without sleep, with guest performers dropping in from time to time. There will be a band throughout and all night bar! Come for an episode, or a few, or stay for the whole thing! As the performers become increasingly sleep-deprived they lose the ability to censor themselves and an extraordinary new playing style emerges. Wild, unpredictable, funny and engaging, this is live theatre at its most exciting. It’s like watching an entire DVD box-set of your favourite drama in one viewing. There is also a special ‘Family Episode’ (Sunday 11.00am-1.00pm) where the action is suitable for children.
The Pajama Men – Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, will help get the event off to a stunning start on Friday evening at the LOST Theatre. Others now confirmed include members of the Best Comedy Olivier Award-winning West End show, The Play That Goes Wrong, members of The Comedy Store Players and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, Cariad Lloyd and Gemma Whelan.