Ahead of a review in next monthâ€™s Now Then Iâ€™ll be posting a series of short pieces about the wonderful performers from our Steel City making a splash in the Athens of the North at the worlds largest arts festival.
My third Sheffield helping comes in the form of comedy improv troupe The Shrimps with ‘The World of Shrimpology’.
Improvised comedy is one of those genres that makes a lot of people wince at its very mention. When it’s bad it’s truly painful, but there wasn’t a wince in sight at the Shrimps performance.
Constructing a religion from the suggestions of the crowd complete with parable, miracles and commandments the troupe guided the audience through with giggles all round.
Despite suggestions including the super-power of ensuring your toast always falls butter-side up, they managed to create a religion significantly more plausible than Scientology.
Catch them at the Store (Venue #20) at 2:20pm everyday until 19th August (except 16th). Tickets £6.50 (£5.50 conc).
What’s the best thing about performing at Edinburgh?
The different audiences are a challenge when improvising, we’ve had suggestions like the God of Biscuits. It’s very different to the mainly student crowds we get in Sheffield.
The Shrimps next performances in Sheffield are 2nd and 23rd October at the Raynor Lounge – tickets available from Sheffield University Union.