Student-y question and answer improv
This article is from 2010.
The strangely-accented lady in the ringmaster’s costume gathers material from the audience: an unanswered question (‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’), some names (‘Jemima! Theodore!’), and a location (‘the zoo!’). These answers are all duly noted down, and then become the basis of a story she narrates, as the characters are fleshed out by additional other players. Improv is born!
The challenge of improv is that it depends on many variables: the suggested material needs to have good mileage, and every cast member has to be firing on all cylinders – if one person stumbles, it can upset the whole group’s rhythm. It also requires the performers to be inherently funny, and this is the main issue with tonight’s performance: while the performers seem likeable and have the occasional spark, they’re just too normal – none of them have the unidentifiable X-factor that makes us happy to pay upwards of £15 to see a professional comedian.
theSpace on the Mile @ The Radisson, 0845 508 8316, until 28 Aug (not 15 or 22), 10.10pm, £6.50 (£5.50)