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Character Building Experience


Character Building Experience

The Counting House

38 West Nicolson Street
The Lounge: AUG 3-27 at 20:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Character Building Experience

You enter a tavern. You see a group of comedian questers. What do you do? A Dungeons-and-Dragons-style, comedy, interactive roleplaying game show, suitable for the experts, the novices and the uninitiated but curious. No two quests are alike; a unique mini-adventure with improvised music, songs and questionable choices. Roll the dice on this comedy gameshow. "plenty of laughs and nerd camaraderie"- Broadway World ★★★★ “endlessly pleasing, voraciously funny hour of unpredictable nonsense” The Indiependent ★★★★ Shortlisted for Broadway World’s Comedy Award

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

News and Reviews for this Show

August 27, 2023    Theatre and Tonic

I had the absolute joy to watch Sasha Ellen’s Character Building Experience, Sasha is a talented comedian, actor, writer and professional DM and her show, Character Building Experience, is a great introduction to those unfamiliar with tabletop top role-playing games to see first hand just how quickly they become unhinged ramblings as opposed to controlled, linear narratives.

This, of course, isn’t entirely the fault of Sasha, but as usual, the blame lies at the feet of her players, in this case, a cast of fantastic comedians and actors who take great joy in doing anything but actually progress the story where possible.

Sasha and her cast take us on a short, self-contained adventure through the medium of (a rules light) Dungeons and Dragons game where the focus is very much on improv, comedy and storytelling as opposed to dice rolling. In fact, there is only one dice in use and it is rolled by Sasha to determine the outcomes of any given action. From what I understand as well, the story presented by Sasha is different for each show (which is no mean feat with a new show each day) and while the narrative is simple, it is still structured and interesting, highlighting her talent as a writer and the casts as improvisers.

A massively enjoyable microcosm of the D&D experience as the DM struggles in vain against the whims of their players who ultimately tell the best story possible because it’s the one they created as a group. You can tell the cast is genuinely enjoying the show as well, which makes it easy to sit back and be immersed in the chaos. My only complaint is that I could have watched them for another 2 hours, so I’ll just have to try and catch the show again.

A fantastic show for both those familiar or otherwise with D&D, check it out if you can. Click Here For Review