Past Shows

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016

Completely Improvised Shakespeare returned to the Melbourne Fringe Festival for a COMPLETELY SOLD-OUT SEASON! How grateful are we? Let us count the ways:

Thanks to The Courthouse Hotel for being most goodly hosts!

Thanks to Ben and Morven for organizing all things ticketly and technical.

Thanks to YOU, our audience, for packing the Jury Room for 7 straight nights of bardic buffoonery! 

Here is what reviewers had to say:

"Soothplayers' rowdy, hilarious performances are incredibly enjoyable, and kind of astounding"

- The Age

"Hysterical, ingenious and riveting, Soothplayers’ Completely Improvised Shakespeare lives up to its money-back guarantee of being hilarious, with its widely popular shows taking the audience on a ride that is truly a once in a lifetime experience."

- Shakespeare Oz

"The money back option was never a possibility for me. The show was hilarious, clever and silly, and thoroughly enjoyable."

- Weekend Notes

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016
Melbourne Fringe Festival Completely Improvised Shakespeare Poster

FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Improv Conspiracy
Shakespeare head in crystal ball

We celebrated our first anniversary show at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre! We can't believe a year has passed since "Love is Cruel," the first ever Soothplayers show at The Dan O'Connell Hotel.

SHAKESPEARE 400

Soothplayers celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death in Australia's own Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford 400 Festival
Impro Shakespeare 400

 Soothplayers made their regional debut with two performances at  the Shakespeare on the River Festival  in Stratford on Sunday, May 1st. We performed A Fairy Dance, a whimsical comedy, and I Have No Idea, a darkly tragical history. We also enjoyed a fabulous masquerade ball, delicious fair food, and even the stoning of a witch. 

Soothplayers Shakespeare 400 Fitzroy Library

To celebrate the death of the Bard, we played to a delightful crowd at Fitzroy Library's beautiful Reading Room. Our special thanks to the Yarra City Council for giving us the wonderful opportunity! 

Soothplayers Comedy Festival 2016
Comedy Festival Melbourne 2016

The first ever Soothplayers Melbourne International Comedy Festival was a resounding success! We performed twenty-two completely new plays to hundreds of happy festival goers at Trades Hall! 

 

"Completely Improvised Shakespeare is a sure bet" - The Herald Sun

 

"It stirs an excitement and a magic that captivates you" - Weekend Notes

Butterfly Club Performance 2015

Soothplayers strutted the stage at The Butterfly Club this past Christmas season! Titles included the likes of The Golden Shoe, Those Damned Turkeys, and Wherefore Art Thou Chewbacca? 

Melbourne Fringe 2015
Melbourne Fringe 2015

Louisa shows us her 'History' face.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015

Shea introduces the show. Nic shows us his 'Tragedy' face.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015

Poddlesnitch completes her rise to power by stabbing her 'sort-of sister' over a stage already littered with corpses.

Melbourne Fringe 2015
Melbourne Fringe 2015

Louisa shows us her 'History' face.

1/21

From 26/9 - 3/10, Soothplayers performed their first ever Melbourne Fringe Festival season to sellout crowds at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre! The troupe performed seven totally improvised plays, including Behead Them!, The Vicar Killed his MotherA Holiday Tomorrow, and more.

Soothplayers: Love is Cruel
Soothplayers: Love is Cruel

The players gather to invoke the Muses before opening.

Soothplayers: Love is Cruel
Soothplayers: Love is Cruel

The ensemble takes a suggestion for a title.

Soothplayers: Love Is Cruel
Soothplayers: Love Is Cruel

The witches condemn Agatha (Steph) for adding cinnamon to their cauldron's dire recipe.

Soothplayers: Love is Cruel
Soothplayers: Love is Cruel

The players gather to invoke the Muses before opening.

1/7

Rotating Taps

On 26/7, Soothplayers graced the stage to great acclaim at the Dan O'Connell Hotel as part of The Improv Conspiracy's Rotating Taps. The pictures below are from the opening and closing night of Love is Cruel.