If you're under the impression that all the festival has to offer is an abundance of stand-up routines, then guess again: there's much more on offer than meets the eye and, as such, your first port of call ought to be Late Night Impro.
Essentially, the clue's in the title: the show revolves around rapid-fire improvisation from a sharp cast of performers. Everyone's at sea in this unique spectacle: any given scene, right down to its props and characters, are of the performers' own hasty creation, born before the eyes of the audience. It's Thank God You're Here, without the forethought. As if that weren't enough, the team have stooped to welcome a new guest into the fold each night - a giant step into the unknown for both cast and cameo alike.
In untrained hands, Late Night Impro would be an unmitigated disaster. Its opening night, however, illustrated its potential to emerge one of the highlights of the festival. With the especially-talented Rama Nicholas on hand, Late Night Impro proved an ever-amusing roller-coaster ride defined by wild, off-the-cuff imagination.
The cast staged a near-flawless and consistently funny navigation of self-made scenarios. Though Nicholas was 'stuck in the middle' and tested at every turn, she held her nerve beautifully, transforming from tree doctor to jailbird in a heartbeat. Yes, you read correctly: tree doctor to jailbird.
Clearly, anything goes at Late Night Impro and it's up to everyone involved to make it work. Pleasingly, it does work - and wonderfully well at that. Do yourself a favour: abandon the planned punchlines one Friday/Saturday evening this festival and check out this gem of a show.