Première - Sprout



See this show at 9pm Friday 9th March 2012

Have your ideas turned into a full-length play by the skilled improvisers of Sprout. 3 different openings to three different plays are created based on audience suggestions – these are then whittled down to one that the audience vote to see completed. And every night is a premiere - because every night it’s a totally new play. Come along - it could be your play!


"Give them their own TV Show" - METRO


Sprout feature Dave Bourn, Jon Cohen, Michelle Owoo, Grant Westbrook, Vicky Willing and pianist Phil Lunn. A rare opportunity to see the Sprout team after sell-out shows in Edinburgh 2000 and 2004.



Find out more about Sprout below . . .



Tell us about your group

Dave Bourn: Sprout originally started back in 1998 with Dave Bourn, Alasdair Buddington, Jo Emery, Richard Felber, Grant Westbrook and pianist Andy Bo-bo Fisher. Along with a few changes in cast they’ve had two successful Edinburgh runs as well as a residency at The Canal Cafe. Sprout reunion shows (featuring members from all the eras of Sprout) are a yearly fixture.


Tell us about your show

Première is Sprout’s improvised play. We get to develop characters and storylines for an hour or so.


How did you discover improvisation?

I started with an acting night class at the City Lit and found most of the work was based around the work of Keith Johnstone and it was scary, challenging, interesting and fun all at once.


What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of?

I’ve seen so much brilliant improvisation its difficult to pick one but the first improv that stuck in my mind for days was seeing John Voce (from The Conversation) play a bulldog called “Bullet” for an entire improvised play in the 90s which was awesome.


List 3 things you learnt (or bits of advice you’ve received) that made you a better improviser.

"Play the reality"
“Be in the moment and surprise yourself”
“Find a hook (in impro songs)”


Recommend a book on improvisation...

There are lots of good ones but “Impro” by Keith Johnstone is the one I recommend to read first.


Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...

“Is it scary being onstage without a script?”


It depends who you are onstage with.