The show began life as a workshop at the Actors’ Centre in London, when Dylan Emery, Adam Meggido and Ken Campbell took a group of actors with little or no impro experience and within a week attempted to get them to perform an hour-long extemporised musical in front of a packed house.
This was such as success that Dylan and Adam decided to gather together a group of professionals and create a fully-fledged show. After a few try-outs at The King’s Head in Islington (one of Britain’s great hothouses for the nurturing of new talent in musicals), the project immediately secured financial backing from veteran of the world of musicals Keith Strachan for the Edinburgh Fringe and a London residency. Between Keith, Adam and Dylan, they steer the good ship Stopper!
Keith Strachan (producer) has directed or MD’d eleven musicals in the West End, created a famous 80s singing group, wrote a Christmas number 1 for Cliff Richard, wrote the music for the most successful TV game show ever, had music featured in an Oscar-winning film, and now he’s delighted to be a producer. www.strachan.org
Dylan Emery (producer, director) is the Creative Director of Extempore Theatre, founded improvised comedy troupe Grand Theft Impro, is a member of The School of Night, and runs possibly the only website devoted purely to all improvisation the UK, www.thecrunchyfrogcollective.com.
Adam Meggido (producer, director) is the Artistic Director of Extempore Theatre. He created The School Of Night with Ken Campbell, runs the annual London 50-Hour Improvathon and the controversial Terror Season, Britain’s only annual festival of horror theatre and grand guignol, nominated for a Peter Brook Award.