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Meet the cast of ‘Spur of the Moment’

Get to know the amazingly talented casts of our Unscripted Players’ Big April Shows!

Pete stands with a pensive look wearing a purple shirt and black cowboy hat

PETE LEAMAN

Favourite moment in rehearsals? Probably when the whole cast had a showdown whilst surrounded by personal protective walls made of Lego. It turned out lego isn’t actually bulletproof…


What’s your favourite thing about UP? The opportunities to perform through a supportive community that allows you to grow as an improviser


Why should people come and see the show? It’ll be rootin’ tootin’ fun! Expect top notch cowboy accents all around


What’s your favourite thing about improv? Finding comedy gold in the unexpected. Plus the chance to channel the terrifying anxiety of performing into something fun and hopefully watchable!

EMMA THOMAS

Favourite moment in rehearsals? The sounds made to imitate a whip in the warm up games. Come to the show and I might recreate them for you!


Why should people come and see the show? It’s going to be lots of fun! An adventure in the Wild West with wonderful characters.

Favourite thing about UP? The opportunity to perform in shows that have never been seen before. I love the wealth of ideas and feel very lucky to be part of such a creative group of people.

Emma stands smiling against a leafy background wearing a red neckerchief and blue cardigan, holding the rim of the black cowboy hat on her head.
Lee stands against a leafy background, tipping his brown cowboy hat towards the camera.

LEE ABECASIS

If you were a character in a western, who would you be and why? Biff Tannon because I hate manure too.

What are you looking forward to about the show? Looking forward to being silly and westerny.

What’s your favourite thing about UP? I like that anyone can roll up and have a go.

Why should people come and see the show? If you wanna a fun show full of rootin’ tootin’ folk then come on down.

What’s your favourite western film? A Fistfull of Dollars.

LUKE MALLISON

If you were a character in a Western, who would you be and why? I would be one of the farmhands you see in the background of exposition shots

What are you looking forward to about the shows? Embracing the western genre, speaking in a dodgy southern drawl and unnecessary stand-offs.

Why should people come and see the show? It’s a really great idea for a show. James Cottle has really done his work on what makes a great western and it’s now been 2 years in the making!

What’s your favourite thing about improv? How every mistake is a gift!

What’s your favourite Western film? I love “True Grit”. I’ve only seen the remake think the Hailee Steinfeld smashes it with her charisma and chemistry with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon

ROS BEESON

If you were a character in a Western, who would you be and why? I have a soft spot for the bartender in a saloon, I think there is just something delightful about polishing a glass and asking strangers to unload there troubles on you. They definitely get to hear the best stories!

Favourite moment in rehearsals? We did a show based entirely around lumpy milk, the protagonist Pete was given a blender, which mean for the first time ever they could have smooth milk. This led to some brilliant moments where Emma spent a good few minutes just drinking a glass of milk on stage, this cracked me up so hard, with Pete finishing it by saying ‘you see’.

Why should people come and see the show Because everyone involved has worked so hard and it’d just be amazing to get to see the audience reactions. I’ve also been lucky enough to see both shows progress over the weeks and they are so brilliant – and since you get two great shows in one night it’s an absolute bargain!

What’s your favourite thing about improv? What a hard question! There is so much I love about improv, but predominantly I think it’s that you get to create something in the moment that responds to the audience and for the time that you’re on stage, you create a strong bond based around a shared experience.

MILLS OWEN

If you were a character in a western, who would you be and why? The bar person because I’d get to chat to all the interesting people passing through town.

Favourite moment in rehearsals? Our first rehearsal after covid. Seeing the old gang back in the theatre was amazing as we didn’t know if we’d get another chance to do the show or if everyone would come back!

What are you looking forward to about the show? We’ve tried to honour the western genre and explore a more modern twist. I’m looking forward to pulling it all together and seeing what we come up with on the night!

What’s your favourite thing about UP? It’s a great opportunity to get more experience and be part of the show-making process.

What’s your favourite western film? The Magnificent Seven – I remember watching it as a kid and it reminds me of my dad.

ED PRIOR

If you were a character in a western, who would you be and why? A simple country doctor with a shady past.

Favourite moments in rehearsals? Coming up with ways to torment a man dying of thirst in the desert.

What’s your favourite thing about UP? The opportunity to try out new show ideas and work with lots of different people.

Why should people come and see the show? They’ll get to see two great shows and the sort of fun they could be having if they join UP.

What’s your favourite western film? The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance