Take It to the Bridge – Hamburg’s First Epic Space Musical


Last night, the Törn ensemble returned to the stage at the Fabrik in Ottensen, but nobody was truly prepared for the epic and sexy space musical that was about to unfold before their eyes.

Before the musical began, the actors asked the audience where they would like the musical to take place, and the top three suggestions came down to “an epic bridge”, “an airport”, or “a space station”. Naturally, based on a round of applause, the musical was set to take place in space (which ended up having an ongoing theme of epic bridges anyway!).

With the help of amazing improvised music from the band, the first half of the musical was filled with song and dance, taking the audience on a journey through what life could be like on a spaceship. From the upbeat canteen song about powdered food to the boredom of everyday life in space, every plot point unfolded as a fully improvised musical number.



Image by Klaus Friese


With the help of suggestions from the audience, each part of the musical was built in a collaborative fashion – from the details of the set, to the personalities of each character. The audience’s favorite seemed to be P117 – the paranoid and sexy robot from Russia. He may not have been able to feel emotions, but he sure was able to feel a whole lot of “ding ding”. Another audience favorite was the epic pink alien who snores a lot, smells bad, and licks everyone he sees.



Image by Klaus Friese


The second half of the musical was filled with many unexpected surprises, such as a family reunion (in space of course), a tiny castle, homesickness, and big emotional themes revolving around love, belonging, and building bridges. Let’s just say that at the end of the musical, not everyone decided to return to earth.

The cast of Take it to the Bridge left the audience with an overload of laughs, smiles, and unforgettable moments in this one-time musical that will never be able to be seen again.


A Perfect Start to the Festival Week!


Last night’s Improslam Spezial acted as the kick off for the Törn Festival, and it could not have been more exciting! Upon entering the lobby of the Imperial, there was an undeniable buzz of positive energy in the air. The theater slowly became completely packed, and the audience was leaning forward in their seats with excitement.

The setup of the Improslam Spezial reflected that of a reality competition show. The improv ensemble was there to compete for the prize of a playing a scene with Thorsten Brand, Törn’s resident Grandmaster of Improv.

Throughout the night, each contestant was at the top of their game – dazzling the audience with musical scenes, awkward sauna situations, pregnancies, imperial beheadings, and tear-jerking songs of fatherhood.



Image by Klaus Friese

But after many laughs (and a few tears), the eliminations started to take place. With the help of the audience, the “applauseometer”, and a classy score girl, the ensemble became smaller and smaller throughout the course of the night… until Pippa (contestant #2) was the last one remaining.

Her final challenge was to take on an improv scene with the Grandmaster Thorsten Brand. And after giving a Munich local a tour of Hamburg in her best German accent, Pippa took home the championship, winning it all!



Image by Klaus Friese

Nevertheless, the contestants’ scores were always close and the eliminations weren’t easy. Moaning and sadness often drifted through the audience when favorite players left the stage. But this just goes to show that the Törn Festival’s ensemble of improvisers is the best of the best …. and they are just getting started.


It’s Finally Here!


The first day of Törn Improtheater Festival has finally arrived! Over the next week, many of Hamburg’s stages will be transformed into experiential improv experiences.

“And what is improv?” – you may ask.

Well, if you would like a literal definition, improv is the act of creating, speaking, acting, or reacting without any previous preparation. However, it might be a bit more fun to turn to the people of Törn, and ask them to come up with their own ideas.

So what does improv mean to them? Here were a few of the most thought-provoking definitions:


“Improv is a philosophy more than a show. It’s hard to be an improvisor without letting it feed into your everyday life.”

– Pippa

“Improv is an attitude.”

– Thorsten

“Communication… I do musical improv, so I like to relate improv to the music of jazz musicians. It’s a way of communicating – talking to one another through the use of the art form.”

– Chris

“It’s being in the moment.”

– Lars

“Improv has taught me that everything is possible. All options can be explored. There’s always an option – always a way out.”

– Olivier

“For me, improv gives a relieving confirmation that love and true interaction is much more rewarding than anger, negativity, and cynicism. Even if it’s harder, it’s always more rewarding.”

– Mikael


Based on these findings, it seems the definition of “improv” is different for everyone. But there is one thing that seemed to be universal – the passion that filled the air when talking about the art form.

This week, you’ll have the opportunity to play your own part in the Törn Improtheater Festival. Whether you are on stage or in the audience, the beauty is in the shared experience between actor and observer. Improv encourages you to enjoy the moment, because each moment is fleeting, and impossible to experience a second time.

And at the end of the week, when your friends ask you more about what improv is, you will be able to come up with your own definition of what improv means to you.

See you at the festival!



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