Sunday 23rd March – 3pm: The Improlympians: Mixed Monologue Montage.
Marvel at the magical might of the multifaceted members of The Improlympians, making a medley of made-up monologues, magnifying the minutiae of morality and mortality. The Improlympians muster magnificent masterpieces of myriad memories, moving on a migratory march from mirth to melancholy, and maybe more. 'Magine a menagerie of many messieurs et mademoiselles from martyr to malefactor, and mark how the mundane musings of a mere mortal can be metamorphosised into a melange of mystery and madness.
“bouncing off one another so convincingly it appears they can almost read each other’s thoughts.”
“more comedy should be like this”
Cast: Alek Maxwell and John Robinson.
Find out more about The Improlympians below . . .
Tell us about your group
We are a three-person, Birmingham-based group, performing both long form and short form since 2007, although for ImproFest we are slimming down to a two-man format. We have performed regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, having been part of PBH’s Free Fringe for the past five years. We have also had regular a monthly show in Birmingham as well as other gigs across the Midlands and in London. It is our belief that improv should be fun, friendly and accessible for all.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
Believe in the other person.
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Advertising executives (shared pitching of an idea for an advert for a new product), to allow for uncensored ideas and to encourage spontaneity and overacceptance.
What's your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
One-word story, advertising executives, listen to the Rocky theme music.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
'Truth in Comedy' - Del Close et al.
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, or improvisation or the world in general ...
We are currently experimenting with doing shows which could be considered as much 'improvised theatre' as 'improvised comedy', as we feel that this is an area that has not been explored very much. Therefore, while we hope our show for the festival will be funny, we are also striving to develop characters and ideas which may provoke a range of emotions in the audience, not just humour.