Meet our improvisers
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Sylvia Bishop has performed as an improviser around the UK, Europe and the US. She worked extensively with the Oxford Imps, where she was assistant director. She also performs with Shorts and Upstairs Downton, as well as her improvised cabaret show Peablossom Cabaret: a musical duo who create a brand new set of toe-tapping cabaret numbers at every show.
Rosy Fordham trained at Rose Bruford College. She worked in theatre, film, radio and film for fifteen years before taking an MA in Playwrighting at Birmingham University. She has recently appeared in The Devil Inside Him by John Osbourne, The Grand Budapest Hotel for Secret Cinema and Norma Jeane the Musical. She is also performs with Upstairs Downton.
John Lomas is a co-director of Closer Each Day, Bristol’s long-running improvised soap opera, and an associate artist of Gatecrash Theatre in Swindon. He is a lead instructor for the Bristol Improv Theatre and founded the Unscripted Players theatre company. He has written for BBC Radio and Bath Theatre Royal’s Shakespeare Project Thy Name is Woman.
Jules Munns performs with the Maydays, Ten Thousand Million Love Stories and Sitting in a Tin Can, and regularly guests with or directs other shows at the Nursery and elsewhere. He coaches the Nursery house team and directed Impromptu Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Jules trained at the Guildhall School, which specialises in classical theatre.
Tom Wilkinson trained with the Oxford Imps, where he was the assistant director and toured to the US, the Netherlands (and Edinburgh). Tom is also a founder member of bilingual improv group, the Pirates of Tokyo Bay, and also directs and appears in the Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes.
Ailis Duff trained at Drama Studio London. Recent credits include Bottom in the Reversed Shakespeare Company's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', and Sammie in upcoming audio drama 'Endurance'. Ailis co-founded all-female company The Well Behaved Women and is a member of the long-form musical improv group Waiting For The Call.
James Irving trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he received his MA in Music Theatre. He has performed leading roles in the West End, as well as in Edinburgh Festival Fringe favorites such as Shakespeare for Breakfast. He is a principal baritone for Grim's Dyke Opera and improvises as a member of Music Box, Classic Andy and his twoprov project James & I.
Alice Lamb recently graduated from Manchester School of Theatre, where she won the Sam Wanamaker prize. Alice is a member of Closer Each Day, an improvised soap opera at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol. She works as a theatre maker and actor in Bristol, and is associate director of Kane Power Theatre.
Rebecca MacMillan is a founding member of the Maydays & also plays with the Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes. She has trained at iO Chicago, but her years as an historical interpreter with Past Pleasures have been just as useful for this project. She also sings the sonnets set to contemporary folk/blues with the Shakespeare Heptet.
Jen Rowe has been improvising for ten years, and also works with The Maydays, Fluxx and her own group, Two Seats Four Cheeks (with partner in crime Lloydie). She is an actor and has recently played Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Brighton Open Air Theatre & has also performed in the Read Not Dead season through Shakespeare's Globe.
Rob Wilson - Founder
Rob studied Shakespearean acting at Guildhall, and improvisation in Chicago (Second City and iO). He founded the Impromptu Shakespeare Company in 2013. Rob also runs Get Lost & Found: a multi-disciplinary arts organisation. Current projects include Roald Dahl & the Imagination Seekers, 'The Commune' at Bestival Festival.
Daniel Roberts is one of the original company members. He's rather busy these days but you can catch him with Austentatious, Racing Minds, and his own critically acclaimed shows. Go and see him in one of them because he is really very good.
Lucy Fennell is an original cast member. She previously improvised with Upstairs Downton, and Glitch the improvised puppet show. She performs character comedy and clowning as well as being one half of comedy double act 'Party for two'. She also writes and performs slam poetry and holds the exciting title of Drama Development Officer at The Point and The Berry Theatre in Hampshire.