Tuesday 25th March – 7pm: Fluxx: Human v Animal
A Human and an Animal have both been involved in a road crash and both are currently in a coma.
The setting is a court in the sky. Here, both are invited to present arguments as to why each should be allowed back to earth to carry on living. For complicated reasons, the records of which have been lost, only one can be allowed to carry on living. The other must pass to the other side.
Each is given a barrister and access to two improvisers. The human and the animal then call for scenes from life to be acted out, in order to demonstrate why they, that is the animal or the human, is leading a life worthy to be saved. The court improvisers are required to improvise these scenes. The improvisers are often found to be incompetent, making the process of justice-making quite awkward. The judge supervises proceedings and maintains order as best he can.
The human and the animal give final statements and are cross-examined by the barristers. Finally, the audience votes on who should die and who should be saved.
Cast: Chris Johnston, Katy Schutte, Tony Cealy, Kelda Holmes, Jenny Rowe, Jack Cole, Chris Mead.
Find out more about Fluxx below . . .
Tell us about your group
Fluxx has been operative since 1998. We’ve performed throughout the UK and also in Europe and the USA (briefly). We create long-form shows, usually exploring particular themes or subjects that interest us. We mix comedy and serious content. We create our own show formats rather than borrow others. We have around 20 performers who are part of or linked to Fluxx – every show usually involves a unique line-up.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
Never be tempted to think there's a template for a perfect impro scene out there waiting for you to realise it - Phelim McDermott.
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Park Bench - you can run it with every group.
What's your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
I try and remember that what we're doing here is not really important.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
It has to be The Improvisation Game by Chris Johnston (well, obviously...)
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, or improvisation or the world in general ...
This will be our best-ever performance of our besst-ever show (because today it only exists in my imagination).