See this show at 7.30pm Friday 9th March 2012
Our daredevil and bonkers comics perform scenes and games based entirely on your suggestions, giving life to your inner idiot. Together we will create an unforgettable experience as your ideas inspire magical moments, curious characters and delightfully obscure songs, all made up on-the-spot. Anything can happen in this warm, thrilling and escapist hour, so come and inflate your joy-levels!
Find out more about The Inflatables below . . .
Tell us about your group
Andrew Gentilli: The Inflatables was created with the goal of making the best experience possible for an audience, via short form improvisation. The key to that, we figured, was plenty of audience involvement, a talented cast and, above all, a promise to have ridiculous amounts of fun.
Tell us about your show
Short form improvisation involves games and scenes, much like 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Each show has a director, who warms up the audience and takes suggestions from them throughout the show (as well as getting one or two people on stage!) which are used by the performers to create weird and wonderful scenes. Everything is made up entirely on the spot - we're constantly walking a tightrope while hopefully creating something humorous and entertaining. The tone is very positive and upbeat as the audience and performers work together to create something memorable and absolutely unique to that moment.
How did you discover improvisation?
I was at drama school and improv was used as a part of acting training. I found it to be more enjoyable than performing the finished scripted scenes, as well as more engaging to watch, so the fuse was lit then. After that I found a group called Hoopla on Facebook, started attending their drop-in sessions, was eventually asked to join a performing group, and now I run two of my own - it all happened oddly quickly.
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of?
Watching a group called 'School Of Night'. They asked for books from the audience and would start reading them, then the books were taken away and the improvisers has to continue the chapters in the literary style of the book. I was impressed when they mimicked the styles of Shakespeare and Dickens, but was blown away when one improviser, who had been handed a textbook about higher mathematics, convincingly improvised a chapter on Euclidean trigonometry.
List 3 things you learnt (or bits of advice you’ve received) that made you a better improviser.
2. Find the game.
3. Discover something new.
Recommend a book on improvisation...
“The Improv Handbook” by Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances-White