SpontaneoUS pulls its last Chrissy cracker
It’ll be a night of Combustion!
SpontaneoUS, Palmy’s own troupe of improvisors returns to dispense a night of yuletide joy tomorrow ( Thursday) in The Dark Room.
Alan Dingley, Gareth Mayhew, Leona Revell and Jacob McDonald have decided to take the silly season head on, by the antlers, with all the tinsel and the trimmings and the kissy mistletoe.
Whether you’re dreaming of a white, black or beige Christmas, this posse of extempore performers will do their best to make yuletide wishes come true, before relinquishing their monthly slot at the Dark Room.
That’s because members of the troupe are becoming, in Alan’s words ‘‘old and respon-
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In a Christmas themed show, the foursome will pull the cracker and see what jokes, gifts and paper hats tumble out.
As well as being the troupe’s last regular show at The Dark Room since forming as SpontaneoUS in 2013, Thursday’s performance will also be a fundraiser for Haven Bull Breed Rescue.
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Gareth Mayhew and Leona Revell, two members of city improv troupe SpontaneoUS who will be performing this Thursday in The Dark Room.