Thursday 27th March – 8.30pm: Unexpected Human in Bagging Area
UNEXPECTED HUMAN IN BAGGING AREA answers questions no-one else in showbiz dares answer – where are we going, who do we think we are (ok showbiz covered that), what does it all mean?
Assisted by ‘Unexpected Humans’ from the audience Nelson David and Chris Rowe plan to uncover the improvised meaning of life and throw new light on contemporary society in the digital age (failing that they’ll pull some silly faces and make it up as they go along.)
Nelson and Chris were once part of 90s group The Improfessionals who specialised in themed shows like this including ‘Mission Improbable’ (which they took to Edinburgh) and which was described by The Stage as ‘one hot, sexy, slinky show’.
Cast: Nelson David and Chris Rowe.
Find out more about Unexpected Human in Bagging Area below . . .
Tell us about your group
UNEXPECTED HUMAN IN BAGGING AREA features the return of two performers who began their careers in the ‘first wave’ of UK Impro, Nelson David and Chris Rowe. In the 90s they were members of The Improfessionals, and Nelson also ‘guested’ with other groups performing alongside the likes of Sweeney and Steen, Steve Frost and Jeremy Hardy. Both took a break from regular Impro with Nelson writing for Spitting Image, Rory Bremner, Radio 1 etc. Chris has since written / performed on radio, TV or stage with the likes of Clive Anderson, Nick Hancock, Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Rebecca Front.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
Nelson: 20 plus years ago when by friend Paul said "I think you might enjoy these workshops I've found" Chris: "Don't think, Impro".
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Nelson: The 3-person expert (is that an exercise or a format?) because it almost always makes me fall about laughing.
Chris: The Alphabet exercise because it combines a strict framework with the freedom of improvisation - you can sense the audience going through the alphabet.
What's your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
Chris: Jumping around and breathing - at the same time!
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Nelson: 'Improvisation and the Theatre' by Keith Johnstone (inevitably).
Chris: Same - is there another one?
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, or improvisation or the world in general ...
Both: Really looking forward to being part of ImproFestUK 2014, especially at such an exciting time for the genre.