Tuesday 25th March – 8.30pm: Do Not Adjust Your Stage
Do Not Adjust Your Stage use a single conversation with an audience member to conjure an astonishing wold of hilarious scenes, stories and characters.
Combining their playful energy and ideas with those of the audience, DNAYS create a wonderful, truthful and, most importantly, funny world. That seemingly insignificant part of your day? It’s about to get a whole lot more interesting.
"DNAYS deserves a medal for its fantastic display of physical and verbal comedy ★★★★"
- Forge Press
Cast: Christian Baker, Rhys Collier, Tom Dixon, Tim Grewcock, Helen O'Donnell, Nick Oram, Shaun Lowthian, Matt Stevens.
Find out more about Do Not Adjust Your Stage below . . .
Tell us about your group
London-based DNAYS have performed together for 3 years. Cast members have trained with Chicago’s iO, Mark Beltzman, Second City’s David Shore, teachers from the Annoyance and the UCB, and with RADA. The show has performed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, Manchester Comedy Festival, Barcelona and Dublin Improv Festivals and ImproFestUK, with regular dates across London.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
Nick: Don't think, just do.
Tim: Look into each others eyes.
Rhys: Relax your jaw.
Shaun: Talk to each other about each other.
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Nick: Silent scenes to music - a good reminder of how much we can communicate physically and lots of fun!
Tim: Flick Nick's Nips. There is no why.
Shaun: Bunny Bunny, because it's really daft and great for getting everyone on the same silly page. Deliberately trying to do the most boring scene eve is great fun in a workshop, not something you'd want to achieve in a sho though.
What's your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
Rhys: Practice pulling up my trousers so I can mime it effectively in the show if need be.
Nick: No rules Zip Zap Boing - Like Zip Zap Boing, but anything goes.
Shaun: Have a right good stretch so you look like a serious thesp. No show is ready to start until we've done a round of Many Mumbling Mice.
Tim: Flicking Nick's nips.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Tim: Ze Hard Tacke (The Hard Road) - Thosten Holke and Bitte Caymen
Shaun: I'm not sure that's a real book...
Tim: It gets real.
Rhys: Although I've not finished it, Improvise by Mick Napier. It assumes a certain competence with improv so doesn't worry about explaining basics and gets down to useful tips.
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, or improvisation or the world in general ...
Nick: Everyone should give improv a go. It's mega easy to pick up the basics and loads of fun.
Rhys: Get a checked shirt.
Tim: Strong gruop, strong show.