Review: 2017 London Jam – Austentatious, Wilton’s Music Hall

“We’re going to have to tell the vicar”

The 2017 London Jam is a festival of improvisation presented by The Showstoppers, in association with Extempore Theatre & Something for the Weekend, featuring a wide range of improv stars from across both the UK and the world – the improvised Ibsen troupe from Norway being the unlikeliest inclusion there. Naturally, we went along to see our beloved Austentatious and as ever, they did not disappoint.

Regaling us with the tale of Fear and Fascination, full of illicit hat-wearing, malevolent vicars with a predilection for flashbacks, and sheep-loving surprises, this was the team at their best, taking their time with a slow start to to tease out some utterly surreal story strands. The bit of audience participation was unexpected good fun, but it was the surprise murder and the group’s stunned reaction and subsequent glee that made it one of the best unknown Jane Austen novels I’ve yet seen.

Re-review: Austentatious, Leicester Square Theatre

“I’m Gary, the unicorn”

The diary nature of this blog – in that I have always wanted it to be a complete record of what I have seen – mandates that I have to write something about my umpteenth visit to see Austentatious but truth be told, there isn’t much more to say that you should really get yourselves along to see this most talented and funny group of improvisers who fashion an hour-long lost Jane Austen novel out of a title provided at random by an audience members.

Tonight’s show was the surreal tale of Acid and Tequila at the Chocolate Factory and was as reliably hilarious as it ever is – I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by them in the many many times I’ve been, so I really do recommend making going to see Austentatious one of your New Year’s resolutions.