Saturday 2nd March – 4.00pm: Sprout - Première: The Improvised Play
“Premiere The Improvised Play!” debuted in Edinburgh 2004.
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
Cast: Dave Bourn, Jon Cohen, Michelle Owoo, Grant Westbrook, Vicki Willing plus guests.
Find out more about Sprout below . . .
Tell us about your group
Sprout were formed in 1998 and have had two amazing sell-out Edinburgh Festivals in 2000 and 2004. The original Sprout line up was Dave Bourn, Alasdair Buddington, Jo Emery, Richard Felber, Grant Westbrook, and Dr Andy Bo-Bo Fisher. Since then Jon Cohen, Richard Croasdale, Vicky Custerson, Michelle Owoo, and Vicki Willing have joined Sproutdom! Sprout reunion shows (featuring members from all the eras of Sprout) are a yearly fixture.
How did you discover improvisation?
Dave: I started by doing an impro class focussed on Keith Johnstone's status work at the City Lit, London, and never looked back!
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of in the last year?
Dave: I now teach much more than I perform and the great thing about improvisation is even complete beginners can do something AMAZING! I find myself laughing in every beginner’s weekend I teach because they are creating something genuinely entertaining! In a drop-in recently I enjoyed seeing a doctor trying to teach his 8 year old son the surgery he needed to save his life.
What are your top three impro tips?
Dave: These are my top three tips regarding “Première”, our play
1. Listen to everything ESPECIALLY when you are not on stage – and remember names
2. Focus on character more than plot – especially in the first half
3. Keep the song chorus’s short and memorable
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Dave: "Impro" by Keith Johnstone.
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
“Can anyone learn to improvise?”
Anything else you'd like to add?
Dave: I own a ferret called Bentley.