See this show at 7.30pm Wednesday 7th March 2012
Imagine If You Will is a brand new epic improvised adventure. With just a couple of suggestions the talented cast weave one complete story with multiple scenes and characters, good guys to cheer, bad guys to boo and an exciting narrative to captivate the audience. The show is loosely based on Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, using narrative structures found in ancient myths and legends and applying them to modern situations. Arising out of Hoopla workshops and The Miller in London Bridge, this is a whole new format in the world of improvised comedy. Directed by Steve Roe from Hoopla.
Cast: Ben Hamblin, Luke Beahan, Nicola Tann, Steve Violich, Alice Grant, Joe Kao, Nick Oram and Michael Brunström. Directed by Steve Roe.
Find out more about Hoopla below . . .
Tell us about your group
Steve Roe: I’ve been teaching workshops with Hoopla for over six years, and last year introduced weekly full-day workshops every Saturday. I soon found that I was witnessing some of the best impro I’d ever seen every Saturday at about 3:30pm! As we worked our way through planned exercises in the morning I was experimenting with new stuff in the afternoon, and trying out new techniques. Sometimes I’d ask the group what they thought was impossible to improvise, and then get them to improvise it. I decided to put this all together into a new show, and recruited some of the actors from workshops into some additional intense rehearsals. All the cast came from different groups and backgrounds, but they were all united by their passion to improvise captivating and exciting stories. Rather than taking the approach of little but often rehearsals, we did a full week of intense rehearsals right at the start of the year while the rest of the impro world was in hibernation! Directing the show is thrilling, I feel like the cast open up new avenues in impro every time they step on stage!
Tell us about your show
Steve Roe: Imagine If You Will is a brand new epic improvised adventure. With just a couple of suggestions the talented cast weave one complete story with multiple scenes and characters and an exciting narrative to captivate the audience. The show is loosely based on Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, using narrative structures found in ancient myths and legends and applying them to modern situations. Arising out of Hoopla workshops and shows at The Miller in London Bridge, this is a whole new format in the world of improvised comedy. Directed by Steve Roe from Hoopla.
How did you discover improvisation?
Georgina Bream: I was new to London and I wanted to do some acting but also meet some new people. I didn’t even know there was a word for improvisation, I hadn’t heard of impro. I really enjoyed going to some classes and was thrilled when I was asked to be in some shows. I didn’t think it was going to be anything more than a hobby until I first got asked to perform, and since then I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of different performance opportunities in lots of funny little rooms in pubs in London and the Edinburgh Festival.
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of?
Georgina Bream: Most memorable improv I’ve been part of is in a Music Box show set on the Orient Express, when I asked the audience to stick their hands up if they objected to me marrying the most evil character, and they all did. Most memorable impro I’ve watched is the first Grand Theft Impro show I saw because I was really excited about seeing it, I’d never seen impro before, and I couldn’t believe that something as funny as anything on TV was being made up in front of me.
List 3 things you learnt (or bits of advice you’ve received) that made you a better improviser.
Don’t try to be funny.
Concentrate on being yourself because that’s good enough.
Stop looking above the horizon.
Recommend a book on improvisation...
Steve Roe: “Impro” and” Impro for Storytellers” by Keith Johnstone
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
“Where do you think the UK impro scene is going compared to America?”
Steve Roe: To a cool new place! I think we can be inspired by America but not restricted by it. I think we’ve got a melting pot of new ideas and shows going on. I think the impro scene in the UK is so open and fun that I think we’ve got a cool thing going on. It’s going places baby!