Saturday 2nd March – 9.00pm: The Improsarios: The Trilogy
Three plays. One hour. No script.
This is our latest show format which we started in October in our own run at the Lion and Unicorn and then later at the Tristan Bates Theatre. With a one word title suggested by the audience we create three short plays that may or may not be linked but all have the same title. We had some really exciting nights with it so are looking forward to taking it further this year.
Cast: Tai Lawrence, Tanroh Ishida, Alexander Chard, Neil Connolly, Hetty Burton
Find out more about The Improsarios below . . .
Tell us about your group
We are a company of actors who create plays in one night based on audience suggestions. We've performed at various venues across the UK, including The Lyric Studio in Hammersmith, The Old Vic Tunnels, Exeter Phoenix Black Box, The Tristan Bates Theatre, The Bike Shed Theatre, The Courtyard and Theatre503. We also run workshops, our most recent being 'Improv for Auditions' at the Actors Centre.
“They did the damn near impossible: build a story of length that works …genuinely touching with great performances.” - Harry Giles, Theatre Director
How did you discover improvisation?
Tai: I saw Baby Wants Candy and The Improverts at the Edinburgh Festival and then became part of the first group of The Oxford Imps.
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of in the last year?
Tai: Canadian improvisers Ryan Millar (Marbles), Steve Sim (Crumbs) and Allen Morrison at Catch 23 at The Miller in London Bridge. I could try and describe it but you had to be there really - it was a masterclass. It had everything.
What are your top three impro tips?
1. Commit and keep going...no matter how bad you think the first idea is.
2. In longer improvisations don't be afraid to kill superfluous plot or characters otherwise you may create more problems than you need.
3. Be specific
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Tai: 'The Improv Handbook' by Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances-White
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
Tai: “Does accepting mean you always have to say yes?”
Anything else you'd like to add?
Tai: Be fearless - on stage and off. It makes life more exciting.