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Love Midlands Theatre

Improvised comedy group Box of Frogs warmly invite you to be part of their crazy, mischievous little family for one night. There is nothing that can prepare you for the evening ahead, even the members of the group have no idea what is going to happen after the audience is settled in. But the one thing that can be guaranteed is you’ll be laughing throughout.

Sit back as a whole host of games are played out in front of you, the best part being the performers are at your mercy. You, the audience, get to decide what type of action is about to unfold on stage.

Skilled in their craft, the performers are a joy to watch both for their comedic talent but also the anticipation you feel as a new game is about to start. The only thing that is carried through is the occasional nod to a hilarious moment in a previous game, other than that, expect every game to be uniquely different, as the imagination of the improvisers is boundless.

The divide between audience and performers melts away and you are welcomed as part of this dysfunctional comedic family, breathing fresh air on the normal constraints of traditional theatre. With no shushing from other audience members, and even occasional shouting permitted in some games, it is almost like letting your hair down – well not quite but you get the gist. It is good fun and a delightful comedy night.

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned improv comedy goer, or a newbie, a night filled with unexpected audience suggestions teamed with unpredictable interpretations from the performers, no two nights are the same, so give it a try. It will definitely be something you have not seen before.


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Box of Frogs got the audience involved from the get go by asking us to shout out random words to questions. No one was forced to join in if they didn’t want to.

They improvised lots of different scenes including one with talking penguins that had me in stitches. At the end the audience were asked for a suggestion to start and end a story. They took my end suggestion which was “and they all died in a fire”. My standard comedy heckle.

Compared to a usual comedy night this was riskier as due to the nature of improv it’s all unscripted so they can’t test the jokes out on their friends. This meant that some bits were a bit strange but overall i was so impressed at how fast these comedians brains worked. The other thing that was lovely to see was the reactions of the other comedians that were not involved in the game, they were in stitches and seemed like a great group of people.

You can join in by shouting out or writing down suggestions but you don’t ever get picked on. I went on my own and had no problems. Overall I had a really good night and lots of laughs.

Give it a go if you like comedy.


Midlands Improv

Box of Frogs engaged with the audience so well that they were laughing before any of the sketches began.  They outlined the rules for each sketch – for example, we have an expert being interviewed – and then asked the audience to add in the details.  In this performance the audience suggested an expert in cabbages, and the interview revealed just how envious cabbages are of sprouts at Christmas.

The great thing with any sketch show is variety, and there was a huge amount on offer in this show.  Wordplay, ridiculous situations, poetry, physical comedy, singing, unusual accents, comments on gender equality and silly dancing were all used to entertain a packed house.  This means there really is something for every audience member, and it would be a challenge to not laugh at some point in the two hour show.

A significant section of the crowd had not seen any improvised comedy before.  Reviews posted on meetup.com show it went down well:

  • hilarious
  • superb night…great entertainment
  • FAB ! Also extremely talented. Thanks for the laughs xx 🙂