There hasn't been much to laugh about during this cursed year, but the return of Rhymes Against Humanity will look to change that. That's right, the fully improvised musical, packed full of good tunes and great humour, is returning to Metronome on Friday 9 October.
Using show title suggestions from members of the audience, Rhymes Against Humanity builds entire full-length musicals from scratch - no script, no preparation. No wonder it's the most popular improv show in Nottingham.
Artistic Director Lloydie James Lloyd tells audiences to expect the unexpected. "The show will be a mix of musical games and songs inspired by the audience in the first half and then in the second half we’ll take a title from an audience member and turn it into a brand new musical - from opening number through to the finale," he says.
"There are plenty of extra precautions we have to take on stage, including wearing face visors due to the fact we’ll be singing, but for improvisers, things like that are a bit of a gift. Our job is to improvise musical comedy about pretty much anything so some extra props never go amiss.
"This will be the first live show since our New York show got cancelled just after we had all flown out there. That was a tough blow but safety always comes first. That’s why we are so delighted at all the safety measures that Metronome have spent so long putting in place.
"New York will have to wait until another time because on 9 October we have a home crowd to entertain and, to quote a scripted musical, 'There’s no place like home!'”
As well as redesigning the bar and atrium to support social distancing requirements, Metronome are providing enhanced cleaning services, one-way systems and sanitation points throughout the venue. Customers are also asked to wear face coverings while in the auditorium.
Hannah Parker, Confetti Media Group's Marketing and Communications Executive, explains how they are aiming to lift the spirits of us Nottingham folks safely and securely. "Metronome have put all the necessary measures in place to keep their customers, performers and staff protected, including reducing audience numbers, implementing table service in the bar and carrying out temperature checks upon entrance to the venue," she says.
"You can find out more about these and all of our other safety measures on our website."
Rhymes Against Humanity are performing at Metronome on Friday 9 October.