Their Finest Hour - The Noise Next Door interview
Lean and hungry improv machine hit 2011 Edinburgh Fringe
This article is from 2011.
‘Edinburgh audiences push you a bit more and they challenge you because they’re generally more intelligent.’ Sam Pacelli, one-fifth of improv troupe The Noise Next Door, clearly hasn’t performed at one of the Fringe’s more salacious late-night venues. Formed professionally in 2007 from a group of university friends, their first problem was one of numbers. ‘There were about 13 of us at the time, but the five of us were the core. And we started realising that it wouldn’t really work unless one or two of us left.’
Once streamlined, the boys were able to work on their chemistry. ‘We all used to live together when we first started doing it professionally; it was just easier to get one big house. But in the long run it was never going to work. It meant that work, hometime, playtime was all the time and it was just too much. Since we’ve moved out it’s been much easier.’ Now veterans entering their fourth Fringe, what lessons have the quintet learned? ‘Playing 28-whatever consecutive nights in a row is always going to teach you something, I think. There’s going to be a lot more resting and preparing and a bit less drinking.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 6–29 Aug (not 10, 17), 4.30pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£11). Previews until 5 Aug, £6.