See this show at 9pm Wednesday 7th March 2012
Music Box improvise a different one act comedy musical every show. Songs and lyrics are plucked from thin air. Stories and characters emerge from nothing. All you would want from a comedy show, combined with all you would want from a musical, made up on the spot.
***** - REMOTE GOAT
“***** Left me helpless with laughter ” - FRINGE GURU.
“A lovely, funny and slick night of improvised musical comedy” - EARLS COURT FESTIVAL
“Joyfully silly” - THREE WEEKS.
Join Music Box on an epic musical adventure where nothing is impossible.
Find out more about Music Box below . . .
Tell us about your group
Steve Roe: Music Box is bonkers as a group. I’d like to pretend it’s all been meticulously well planned and is currently organized like a well oiled machine, but actually it’s more like a living animal and has a mind of it’s own. It started with Becca Gibson (previously from The Oxford Imps) running some open workshops to work on things, with no show in mind. Usually impro shows rehearse in rooms above pubs, but for some reason we were rehearsing on the stage of the O2 arena, as we knew the manager. After about a year it had turned into an improvised musical. Steve Roe joined because his new girlfriend Georgina Bream was in it. He got really into it and decided to volunteer to help produce it and get some shows going. Some people left, others joined at last minute notice for one show and are still with us. Auditions happened. More people joined. The Miller started and Music Box ended up being a bit of a house group. We went to the Brighton Fringe, got some good reviews. Went to The Edinburgh Fringe, went mad. Came back, kept going, MBox is here to stay!
Tell us about your show
Music Box improvise a different one act comedy musical every show. Songs and lyrics are plucked from thin air. Stories and characters emerge from nothing. All you would want from a comedy show, combined with all you would want from a musical, made up on the spot. Join Music Box on an epic musical adventure where nothing is impossible. 5 STARS – RemoteGoat. 5 STARS – FringeGuru. "A lovely, funny and slick night of improvised musical comedy by a talented group" Earl's Court Festival. "Left me helpless with laughter" Fringe Guru. “Joyfully silly” Three Weeks.
How did you discover improvisation?
I was originally trying to write sketch comedy about seven years ago in Brighton, and didn’t ever think I would get into acting. I was writing late at night, and not laughing at anything I wrote, or enjoying it at all. As a break I went to see a show (The Maydays). I knew nothing about impro, I didn’t even know it existed. I laughed so much – everything they were coming up with in the moment was far funnier than anything I had spent hours and hours writing! At the end John Cremer (the director) came on stage and said that they did workshops. It took me two months to pluck up the courage to phone him and ask him where they were. I phoned him, I went, I had fun, I was hooked. I then rapidly tried to learn everything from everyone – Sprout Ideas, Keith Johnstone, Alan Marriott, Dylan Emery, Jonathan Kay. I now run my own impro company (Hoopla) and it’s taken over my life, in a good way – thanks John!
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of?
Gosh that’s really hard. For me it’s one big happy blurry mush. I love the way that when I got into impro there were only a few impro groups around and now there are loads and there’s a massive scene. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at The Miller I get surprised with something new. Every workshop I take a total beginner will come up with something I’ve never thought of. I’m constantly learning on an hourly basis, and for me that’s the most memorable thing and something I’m really grateful for. If I had to pick one moment though it has to be when I was having a really shit time at a day job, I left in a strop, run across Waterloo Bridge, got there just in time for the Slapdash Festival at the Old Vic Tunnels and was stood back stage with Music Box about to run on stage and I thought “yeah, this is what I should be doing”.
List 3 things you learnt (or bits of advice you’ve received) that made you a better improviser.
Add a detail to everything that comes your way. See how much you can make of the other person’s stuff. Don’t wait for the big or deliberate offers, everything is an offer so try to add to the smallest of offers. Just do anything at the start, you can make sense of it later, put some life into it dammit!
Recommend a book on improvisation...
“Improv. Scene from the inside.” By Mick Napier from Annoyance Theatre. It’s like the opposite of Keith Johnstone.
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
“Is there going to be a London Impro Theatre?”