Saturday 25th April – 6.00pm: Neil + 1: Boy Seeks Girl.
Neil + 1 Presents 'Boy Seeks Girl'
Technology has made our access to the dating world easier. Swipe right for love, swipe left for your next potential marriage. But what would happen when our first date becomes the most influential moment in our lives? Will you swipe right for me?
Featuring Neil and a random audience member.
Neil Curran is world travelling improviser having performed and taught in China, USA, UK, Belgium and Ireland. From his early day’s performing with Laughalot Improv, Neil’s style quickly evolved in to long form where he has performed in numerous shows as Neil+1, Coastbusters Improv and Poets of Penance as well as guesting with other troupes here and abroad. Neil has performed improv at the Body & Soul Festival, Impro Fest UK and TedFest.
"Such skill, hilarious! 5 stars!" – Daniella Moyles, Spin1038
"Neil and his guest were superb" – Dave Madden, DublinCulture.ie
"For a truly unique experience, I highly recommend this show" - Will Luera, ImprovBoston, Artistic Director Emertius
Cast: Neil. And a +1. I don't know who that is yet. But he or she is out there somewhere. We'll all find out on the night! The +1 is picked live.
Find out more about Neil below . . .
Tell us about your group
Neil has been performing and teaching Improv for many years and has performed Neil+1 both in Ireland and abroad. Neil also performs with Dublin's Coastbusters Comedy Improv, a troupe with a number of different shows. Previously Neil has performed Improv at festivals including TedFest and Body & Soul Festival as well as in the UK, Belgium, China and the US. Neil is founder and artistic director of Improv Fest Ireland.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
There are so many great things but Marshall Stern and Nancy Howland Walker's teachings have always stuck with me. I am always conscious of my emotions and how I feel in a scene. If you have nothing else in improv, you still have your emotions. Its become my bread and butter.
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
Never underestimate the power of warm up exercises or ice breakers in a workshop. My favourites vary but at the moment its "Sevens". Its a fun, energetic game where failing is celebrated. No one really cares if you are the best at it, we always remember when it goes wrong!
What’s your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
I keep it simple. Breathing exercises and a cup of tea. Probably a bit of tweeting too.
Recommend a book on Improvisation
Jill Bernard's 'Small Cute Book On Improv' has been a fun read this past year.
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, improvisation, or the world in general?
I am serious about my tea. That includes tea made for me in an Improv scene. Make sure its strong....