Saturday 25th April – 4.30pm: The Unnamed: Unspeakable Tales.
An hour of improvised cosmic horror inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Unnamed Improv invite you, the audience, to provide a single word from which we will devise a tale of man’s powerless place in an uncaring universe of ancient mysteries.
Previous shows have shown audiences…
- the mind-altering black flowers of Peru whose seductive scent offer power and possession in unequal measure
- a parallel tale between fabled Camelot and 1920s Lancashire that revealed the traitorous manipulation of the Lady of the lake and the horror of genetic absolutism
- the agony of choice between love and immortality as mathematics and blood break down the walls between worlds and let in those from the other side
Every night is a world premiere: physical, atmospheric and all made up completely out of our minds.
"Groundbreaking improvised theatre meets gothic horror in this hypnotizing display of dark & unnerving storytelling. Mind-bendingly good" – Bristol Improvisation Festival
Cast: Rob Egginton, Tim Newman, Lindsey Garwood, Jess Bevan, Tom Carvell, Tom Bridges.
Find out more about The Unnamed below . . .
Tell us about your group
Established group late 2013. Most of the group have been in it since then. 1 new member joined shortly before London Horror Festival performance in October. Group has 6 members: Rob Egginton, Tim Newman, Lindsey Garwood, Jess Bevan, Tom Carvell, Tom Bridges. All experienced improvisers with at least 5 years experience. One of our group is in charge of improvising light and sound effects for each show.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
“If you’re going to be a bear, be a bear; don’t half be a bear.” -- Alistair Linsell of Heretical Productions & Bleak Mouse Although not the most poetic use of the English language it’s a sentiment which works nicely with improv, and especially our darker stories which are often sold on reactions to those great horrors which lie outside of man’s understanding.
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
We have one exercise led by monologues; a single improviser tells their story while around them the others create the world and reinforce their tale silently using physical theatre. It’s a strong one to flex the mind with the monologue (no one to bounce dialogue from but yourself!) and on the physical side one has to have a real openness and readiness when you’re only working with subtle physical offers. Rotated round the group this can get you quickly into a great headspace for a session.
What’s your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
Our shows are rooted in the lore and language of H.P. Lovecraft, so we play some language games (As HPL would say "Why use 3 word, when 25 would do"?) ... For some reason, there is also almost always some form of mimed ritual involving auto-cannibalism, but we’re never really spoken of that. It just happens.
Recommend a book on Improvisation
Rob Egginton would like to recommend 'The Improv Handbook'. While it was 'Impro' that I first connected with, it was reading Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances White's book that I really got improvisation as a theatrical form. A personal pick from Tom Bridges: Clive Barker’s ‘Theatre Games,’ Jam packed full of exercises, observations, ideas and generally brilliant theatre/improv stuff in general.
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, improvisation, or the world in general?
This show has been a real departure for all of us. Creating a mostly serious improvised play was a long way from all our comfort zones. Rather than chasing the laughs, we know when we have succeeded when the audience get a little freaked out by the show. What else do you need to know? Oh yes, of course; Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming... ...let's wake him up.