Waiting for the Call Limited was formed in 2012 by Sarah Spencer, Joshua Asiko and Huw Braithwaite, self confessed improv nerds, who wanted to fill the gap in the market for American style spontaneous improvisation and musical improvisation training for young people. Sarah, Josh and Huw have trained extensively over a number of years with American musical long form superstars Baby Wants Candy, received one on one support from UK musical improvisation experts Showstopper, and members of The Comedy Store Players, all of whom have regularly provided training workshops and ongoing support for our young team. Over the past two years Waiting for the Call have used their professional expertise to develop their own highly original and frequently hilarious improvised musical theatre style, structurally based on Del Close's Harold, which has played to packed houses in venues across the UK. The Waiting for the Call show team consists of seven players all aged under 25 who create an hour long improvised musical, supported by a live band, who will simultaneously improvise all of the original songs, melodies and underscoring.
Waiting for the Call have enjoyed two highly successful 4* Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs at C Main, playing to full houses of 120. The team have also been interviewed on two national musical theatre podcasts, enjoyed a successful sell out run at the South Hill Park Theatre, Bracknell, sold out on a one off gig at The Nursery, Southwark, in mid December played a run of sell out shows at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden and from January 2015 will play an ongoing series of Sunday matinee and evening shows at The Kings Head Islington. Waiting for the Call also run a highly popular youth training programme across schools and colleges, teaching short form, long form and musical improvisation skills to young people across the country.
Using a fiendishly elaborate system of generating audience suggestion, Waiting for the Call invent an improvised musical based on ideas from the peculiar minds of audience members. The audience make the performance their own by selecting a combination of random ideas from our Wheel of Fortune that subsequently generate the themes and narrative of the show. The performance is an hour in length and follows the structure of a Harold, with audience suggestions developed across three beats, and using a combination of large and small group numbers, trios and duets, across a range of genres including ballads, blues, jazz, soul, and rap. Everything seen on stage from the storytelling to the songs and music is spontaneously improvised by the team, of seven improvisers who create the story and lyrics and a live band of musicians who spontaneously create all of the music. Nothing about the show is pre prepared and the actors and musicians are not allowed to confer once the show starts.