Saturday 29th March – 3pm: Pop Up Impro: Choose Your Own Adventure.
Remember those choose your own adventure books from the 80’s?
Well, get ready for the ultimate in interactive crowd-sourced adventuring! With a few simple suggestions from the audience we create a title and a hero. From there, the cast dive into a sea of vivid characters, tense drama and passionate relationships created on the spot.
At crucial moments, our storyteller will freeze proceedings and offer the audience choices on where the story will go next. Will the Duke choose a swordfight to the death or a cake eating contest? Will Amelia’s secret sweetheart be an angry Viking warrior or a Welsh farmer with a stutter and a penchant for the melodramatic? Is Dracula’s new lair in an abandoned shoe factory or the deck of the QEII?
Each choice will inspire new chapters created on the spot by the cast.How will the adventure unfold? That’s entirely up to you! This is crowd-sourced comedy of the future. Climb aboard.
Cast: Kate Bell, Nicholas Brown, Daniel Burgess, Harry Campbell, Rick Curtis, Becky Graham, Nirava, Gideon Raeburn, Karen Reed, Matt Schroeder.
Find out more about Pop Up Impro below . . .
Tell us about your group
Pop-Up Impro popped up on the improv scene in 2013 made up of actors, writers, comedians, a holographer and an American. We are all ex-Hoopla course graduates and meet regularly to explore strange new worlds and eat biscuits. Last year saw the group perform a number of well-received shows and collaborate with other talented performers.
Likes: Cookies. Beer.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
Karen: "Be real" from John Cremer and "Be vulnerable" from Phil Burgers (Doctor Brown)
Nick:"Try again, fail again, fail better" from my improv workshop with Samuel Beckett.
Kate:"Listen and respond and keep as real as possible, the humour will come out of that" from Steve Roe
Nirava:"Stop tryiing to be creaive" from John Cremer
Matt:"Improv is more akin to the game Battleship than it is chess. A game for children who don't even have to be particularly smart" from Bill Arnett (iO Chicago)
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Karen: Whiskey Mixers aka Sexy Texting. Because the more rubbish you are, the better it is.
Nick: Whiskey Mixers was a warm up game taught to me by Paul Foxcroft at Spontaneity Shop. I can’t remember where he got it from. We love it.
Kate: The Alphabet Game-you have to not only improvise but try and remember the alphabet at the same time...hard at the age of 32...
Matt: Zip, Zap, Zop - You go from genius to moron in a couple of turns.
Becky: Look up and Stare, it cracks me up!
What's your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
Karen: Standing like Wonder Woman to trick my body & brain into thinking I'm more confident than I actually am.
Kate: Drink at least one alcoholic beverage if available.
Matt: Watching the groups before me and trying to forget I'm going up later.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Karen: 'Improvise - Scene from teh Inside Out' by Mick Napier. Or the Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy.
Nick: The Improv Handbook by Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances-White.
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, or improvisation or the world in general ...
Nick: Improv lets me be childish and use my imagination. That’s what I like about it.
Kate: I love improv because you just get up and do it....you can't over-think it, if it all goes horribly wrong, you've done it as a team so you laugh and it's lost forever and you move on! Teamwork at its best.