Following a sell-out 2018, Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival returns for a third year this July with an exciting line-up of queer improv acts from across the UK – showcasing a cross-section of LGBTQIA+ performers in improvised drag, plays, double acts and comedy games.
Zeal is part of the official Pride In London festival and will take place at The Cavendish Arms, in Stockwell, from 4-7 July. Each night hosts a selection of acts made up on the spot that will have you laughing, crying and wondering how the hell they did it without a script:
Thursday 4 July is Opening Night featuring London’s hottest drag king gang the Bareback Kings, quick-on-their-feet improv troupe Lemonade Brigade, and the Hero’s Journey – who create a story of mythical heroes and villains based on audience suggestions.
Friday 5 July’s line-up includes an exciting collection of the finest female talent from across the capital, plus multinational all-female group 20% Less and uplifting stories made up on the spot by The Happiest People In The World.
Saturday 6 July is a Pride night special, with fast-paced sketch show Extreme Championship Improv, London’s first all-queer improv group QI: Queer Improv, and a specially curated performance from sell-out favourites Queerdos.
Sunday 7 July is the perfect way to bring Pride weekend to a close, with Bristol Improv Theatre’s The Delight Collective, laugh-a-minute improv duo Derek’s Mojo and the bizarre happenings of Cambridge’s finest, The Ministry Of Unplanned Occurrences.
Advance tickets are on sale now and are just £6 per night!
Future dates for the diary!
12 September, Hoopla Impro @ The Miller, London Bridge
FREE ENTRY – reserve your seat here!
Line-up features IMOGENE, The Happiest People In The World, 20% Less, Niall Martin, Andy and Andrew and more!
28 November, Hoopla Impro @ The Miller, London Bridge
FREE ENTRY – details TBC
We’re excited to be teaming up with Pride in London again for this year’s festival! We’re still updating our website, but if you’re keen to grab your tickets in advance (at the early bird price of £5), then click below!
Zeal presents an exciting festival of improv to celebrate Pride In London! Over three nights our festival line-up includes acts from London to The Netherlands and features everything from comedy to drama and musicals to drag acts! This year, the whole festival takes place at The Cavendish Arms – a fantastic venue with lots of outdoor seating to seek up the sun and delicious pizzas (including gluten-free!), so come along early and hang before the shows!
THURSDAY 5 JULY
Tonight is Opening Night and we’re excited to have the incredible Christian Adore & Eaton Messe’s Dragprov Revue, Baron Sternlook’s Improvised Musical, The Delight Collective and our Mixer Team featuring a group of individual players thrown together for one night only!
FRIDAY 6 JULY
Tonight we’re excited to have the incredible Mara Joy’s two-person show Me Plus One with special guest Maria Peters, improvised musical Some Sing About Mary and Netherlands duo Going Dutch!
SATURDAY 7 JULY
Tonight is Closing Night and we’re excited to have The Rainbow Warriors all the way from The Netherlands, drag king act The Bareback Kings and Extreme Championship Improv, plus special host Brent Would!
APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN for Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival in London, which will be running from 5-7 July! We are looking for LGBTQIA improvisers and groups to perform. Deadline is midnight on 30 April.
Individuals or groups with your own act, apply here: https://zealimprov.typeform.com/to/KdNLJD
Improvisers who’d like to be on our mixer team, apply here: https://zealimprov.typeform.com/to/arnrjg
Not sure what we might be looking for? Have a look at our 2017 programme