Friday 1st March – 7.30pm: Ludus Ludius: Cagematch Improv
Ludus Ludius (Cardiff, Wales) vs Duty Free (Dublin, Ireland)
It's riotously dangerous improv comedy when two mighty teams of warriors take to the stage to prove who is better! A no-holds-barred competition. Anything but fidlding the clock, kicking Kentucky-fried chicken and the wearing of a lucha libre mask is possible. Each with their 20 minutes to dazzle and flex their muscles. The audience votes on the winner via secret ballot. The winner stays on and firmly grips their position as Cagematch Champions until a Herculean squad of funnies takes umbrage. Valiant in their humour and wit, the champions will reign King or Queen for their audience.
Cast: Nathan Keates, Osian Edwards, Wanda Keenan, Neil Goulder, Neil Curran .
Find out more about Ludus Ludius below . . .
Tell us about your group
Ludus Ludius Improvisation Theatre Company was founded in 2007 by Nathan Keates and Matt Mills. We began to create theatre through improvised playfulness. Now we are a collective. Various performers, artists, actors, dancers, musicians and obviously improvisers are called upon when a project could be ideal for whom ever. Ludus Ludius are moving towards applying improvisation skill and techniques to those that may benefit personally, socially, emotionally and collaboratively. Creating comedy and theatre through improvised playfulness.
How did you discover improvisation?
As a child I wanted to act, but was scared that I wouldn't remember the script and set myself onto improvising. Progressing through acting with the high hopes and dreams in those clouds, I found courses to proceed onto inside the educational system. Then come 2006, I thought it would be interesting to actually be on-stage with nothing prepared and still succeed. The world of improvisation was found.
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of in the last year?
When performing with my improv youth group, I have had various wonderful moments, but one moment that I do recall is playing a silly game and everyone seem to be on form. The game was backwards interview, I hosted and two young improvisers played the guest. Multiple suggestions came flying in and the quick thought on two cropped up and we got to it using the last heard. However, that was not good enough for the youth, and they used the other too. The guest were vivid characters, the game was played well and the audience were in hysterics. A good moment for someone that prefers purely scenework than pre-set games.
What are your top three impro tips?
Except the usual top of yes and, commitment and listening; I'd say the following are really important:
1. Visualisation: a player has to be engaged in the environment and visualise the scene.
2. Realisation: a player has to be emotionally driven in the scene and play from their selves. What are you feeling now? This gains the truth in comedy. Never a lost moment when playing from the truth of the player.
3. Observation: a player has to be attentive to those around them, the scene partner and the group.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Michael Pollock's Musical Improv Comedy: Creating Songs in the Moment, as one group shall do a musical in the fight to the improv death. Cagematch, deadly improv: watch out for your ears.
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
“What makes competition in improv comedy great?”
The audience gets to see two groups. Great competition shows will have the teams working to make it great for the audience and for the other team. Each player will make the show great for their team and not just for their selves. Individuals don't need to look the funniest, as the show is to be the funniest..
Anything else you'd like to add?
I am also happy to add that this show will be bringing a Wales-based group to London and a Ireland-based group to compete. Does that class as an international competition? There will be Londoners in it too.