When I was at iO and Second City, I met some great American, Canadian and Australian improvisers who I loved performing with. I also dearly miss Jason Delplanque from the Maydays who has moved to South Africa to take the improv world by storm over there. I was contemplating the international talent I have connections with and realised that – of course – we live in a world of vast media and communication opportunities. Why not make an online improv show where any of these people, and any of you, can add the next scene. London Improv have been kind enough to act as host and me (Katy Schutte) and Laura Mugridge are launching ‘Open Letters to P. W. Wiseman’.
Open Letters to P. W. Wiseman is an online Harold where we publish an improvised scene and ask the world to improvise the next one. There will be 9 scenes (or so), each inspired by the last and by the themes ‘organic’ and ‘rural’. Scenes must be one continuous shot with improvised dialogue and have a connection (i.e. to do with character, object or environment) with the scenes that have gone before. Open Letters to P. W. Wiseman has three chapters and we encourage successful submitters to film second and third beats to their story or exploration. Each scene must be under 5 minutes and entered within a week of the previous one being published. To enter, publish your scene on youtube and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org including which scene number it is. As this is our trial show, guidance/rules may change as the project goes on… Good luck – let’s make some new comedy!
Katy and Rach
“…nuanced and detailed observations only the most agile of minds and sensitive of sensibilities can make.”
**** Stage Talk Magazine
""...the laughs came thick and fast, the audience swept along with Katy and Rach..."
***** Remote Goat
The Maydays are an improvised comedy company and lots of my dearest friends. I have been with them since 2004. I'm an improviser and Director. The Maydays won Best Comedy Show at Brighton Festival for Mayday! The Musical. We perform Guest Who, Tonight's Top Story, Confessions, The Fringe Show and The Seagull Has Landed, all of which take audience suggestions to create scenes and songs in the moment. I directed our newest production: Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show!
“...hilariously funny, each performer capitalising on their own different styles of humour to the delight of the whole audience."
***** Three Weeks
“...a must see.”
Project Two & Geekeasy
We have performed at Futureshock for Camden People's Theatre, ImproFestUK, Bristol Improv Festival, Leicester Square Theatre with Geekatorium, La Scala with White Mischief and Tristan Bates with ImprofestUK and at the Albany Theatre, Deptford (as well as in many rooms above pubs). We are now curating a night of other fantastic nerds entitled Geekeasy which is a monthly treat at the Nursery Theatre, Southwark.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Our debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was met with standing room only and a five star review!
Lyrics by me, music by me and Joe Samuel and book by me, Chris Mead & the cast.
"What the world has been missing"
***** Three Weeks
"...a cult audience experience..."
Total Theatre Review
I Have an Idea for a Film
Directed by Laura Mugridge with original musical score by Tom Adams. In collaboration with Rachel Blackman & Haruka Kuroda.
"Schutte proves an engaging and versatile actor"
In 2011 I worked with NewsRevue as an actor and comedy writer. The show is a topical sketch and song extravaganza over one hour for four nights a week. I had a great time!
Over the years, the show has won the Fringe First Award and a Perrier nomination in Edinburgh, had rave reviews from the national press, recorded many TV & radio specials and helped begin the careers of Rory Bremner, Michelle Collins, Josie Lawrence & Bill Bailey.
The Treason Show
I performed with and wrote material for The Treason Show from January 2008 to August 2010. It's a topical, satirical & political sketch comedy show - brand new every month with up to the minute gags and songs. And Bafta nominated don't-you-know!
I was intending to go and watch Music Box, but they needed someone to stand in at the last minute. I ended up being in the show for another 2 years, performing in regular shows including Zoo Lates and a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Nowadays I just guest occasionally.
Music Box improvise a one act comedy musical based on audience suggestions, complete with catchy opening numbers, rousing counter-points, touching duets and boo-hiss bad guy songs.
"...this is the purest style of improv...a precious sense of shared adventure, as the seemingly impossible takes shape before our eyes."
Silly String Theory
I created this show in December 2011 as an antidote to comedy and narrative-centric British long-form. We have so far performed two two-week runs at the Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice. The show stars players from The Maydays and NewsRevue.
Silly String Theory is an ongoing attempt to make touching, realistic long-form theatre. We connect the strands from characters' lives and pull understated songs from subtext and metaphor.