June 13-17 at the Drayton Arms Theatre, London
In the shadows that lie between real life and mythos lurk characters who are entirely normal but impossible all at once. Demons and gods alike intermingle with humans- sometimes seamlessly, sometimes not. Based on the works of Neil Gaiman (American Gods, The Sandman, Good Omens), Mixed Omens creates an entirely new mythos every evening. There’s no need to be superstitious of course… or is there?
Director: Stephen Davidson
Stephen Davidson is the Artistic Director of Improvable, QI: Queer Improv, Carmen: A gender-swapped Film Noir Fantasy, Love and Misinformation: An Improvised Play in the style of Caryl Churchill, and co-director of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He currently also plays in Castles in the Air, an improvised Studio Ghibli film, in The Nursery Theatre’s mainstage ensemble, and in duo The Happiest People in the World with Erick Castellan. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable, Hoopla, City Academy, and the Nursery Theatre, and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Improv. He is the author of Play Like an Ally and Improvising Gender and has taught and performed all over the world.
Cast: Invi Brenna, Chloe Kennedy, Karolina (Karo) Kriks, Chris Mead, Jon Nguyen, Ashara Peiris, Avril Poole, Teresa Senyah, and Kiran Shah
Invi Brenna is a UK-based theatre director/-maker and translator. They left their native Norway for the UK over six years ago and only looked back for the occasional holiday. Their major projects include two new translations and adaptations of Henrik Ibsen’s plays, but their work spans from spoken word to stage design. From a working-class background, they do their best to make the arts accessible to all – the last thing they want is to be is a crab in a bucket.
Chloe Kennedy is an improviser and theatre maker from Aberdeen. She studied at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she received a Distinction MFA in Actor Training and Coaching. She has taught, mentored and assistant directed at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research covers Narcissism, Complaints Procedures, Sexual Harrassment, Alternative Academia, Intersectional Approaches to Improvisation and Acting. She readily draws from queer narratives, abstract writing and improv for her directing style. She has a close relationship with Houselights, Wolab, Dirty Rascals and RCSSD – where she has been invited back to research and teach.
Karolina Kriks is an actor, voice-over artist and improviser, originally from Austria with Polish roots. She is a cast member of the improv groups “Improvable”, “3 Worlds”, “Carmen” & “Love and Misinformation” and also teaches improvisation in the form of showcase courses and drop-in classes. When not doing improvisation she can be seen in scripted plays or in front or behind the camera as actor or director. She enjoys working towards a creative vision and has recently produced her own little screen project. Fully emerging into a creative environment she also does Stand up comedy or has fun recording voice-overs.
Chris Mead is an improviser, writer and creator who lives in the beautiful Surrey Hills with his wife, Laura & Cavapoo dog-pal, Radio. His focus is on emotionally-connected, relationship-driven improv. He is lucky enough to teach and perform all over the world. Chris studied theatre at the prestigious Royal Holloway college and continues to explore improv with every school, theatre and practitioner he can find.
❤️: improv, Doctor Who, tea
😡: injustice, tyranny, coffee
Jon Nguyen is based in Norwich and has been improvising for 2 years. Jon believes that improv is for everyone and that having fun is by far the most important thing. He has had training with Dogface, the Nursery, Hoopla and the Maydays. He performs regularly with the Dogface short form troupe and the long form montage group of Cyborg Sideboard. You can also hear him on the comedy podcast panel show Idiot Wind. Jon now coaches with Dogface in Norwich. Twitter @mrjonnguyen
Ashara Peiris is an improviser from London and has been training and performing for 4 years. He has training from Hoopla Impro and The Showstoppers.
Alongside improvising his hobbies include singing in a video game choir and playing table top role-playing games.
Avril Poole is an actress, improviser and stand up. She has been performing improv for many years. She was a founder member of Upstairs Downton, who performed sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival three years running. She is also a founder member of LadyProv who have a residency at Hoopla with their Character, Sketch and Improv night. Avril is also a member of Carmen: The Improvised Film Noir.
Teresa has been improvising for many years and has a background in acting, singing and dancing. She is a regular member of Hoopla house team ‘Michelle’ and has performed with them at the Brighton and Camden Fringe festivals as well as the Hoopla stage. Teresa has taken part in the Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy festivals with Derby-based improv group ‘Chewy improv’. She has also guest performed with ‘Do the right scene’ and ‘The playground – Breaking and Entering’. Beyond improv, Teresa performed in many amateur Dance and Drama shows raising money for charity, has written and performed in an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ adaptation at Stratford Circus, performed with the Carmel Thomas Youth Singers in ‘Joseph and his amazing technicoloured Dreamcoat’ on the West End, has been an extra in tv and film and has experience teaching Dance and Drama in the UK and US.
Kierann Shah is an improviser based in Newport in Wales. She is the Artistic Director of the Bristol Improv Theatre, with a side-hustle in public engagement with science. Originally finding improv through short form with the Same Faces, Kierann remains a member of longform troupe Tiny Stories and the musical improv group Rhymes Against Humanity, as well as performing solo improv whenever anyone will let her. She is always looking for ways for people from more diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to engage with improv and make it their own.