THE first rule of Improv Club is entertainment – and the second rule is making sure you know it’s on August 29 at the Bedford RSL Club.
Presented by Just Improvise, Improv Club is two jabs and a right hook of unpredictable, hard-hitting and unscripted theatre in four acts delivered by four improvisational groups in an underground cabaret-style setting.
Act one, known as Who Owns That Monkey? is the story of four improvisers who were working on a solar energy plant on Jupiter 15 years ago until a catastrophic explosion sent them spinning though time.
Adelaide Buchanan, Neil Barnard, Salacia Briggs-Goodridge and Michael Breeze pick up the story and intervening years, involving starfish cultivation, replicating chicken twistie flavouring, a bagpipe solo EP and the great monkey robbery of 1999.
In act two, titled Shye, improvisers Shannan Lim and Tye Norman create one story, a piece at a time, either playing multiple characters or simultaneously-occurring scenes.
Act three, known as Divergent Minds, involves improvisers entering the realm of the seemingly impossible with each performer playing out multiple scenes, in any time or place, using one central character.
The segment features Jane Maynard, Claudia Fontane, Jessica Messenger, Leone Rose, Vidya Rajan and Catherine Seed.
Act four – Duoplo – is about creativity and play. Esther Longhurst (also Just Improvise’s BOOST: Improv for Kids and Teens Program Director) and Glenn Hall have no instruction manuals and no idea what they will create.
Just Improvise creative director and WA Academy of Performing Arts improv lecturer Glenn Hall said Improv Club is a new way of showing improvisation to Perth audiences.
"We have a lot of improvisers in Perth and a lot of those people deserve to have their work seen – but there aren't many opportunities for the many improv ensembles that have formed in Perth in the past few years to show off what they can do,” he said.
“The night consists of four different improv performances by four different improv troupes who each practice regularly and have worked together to create their own style and their own vision for what's possible with improvisation."
Just Improvise has been producing live scripted and unscripted theatre to popular and critical acclaim since 2000 – and three of its works have toured nationally.
The company also provides training and entertaining, for business and pleasure, using the philosophy and skills of improvisation for workplace programs and professional development and inspirational courses for the public.
Improv Club is on at the Bedford RSL Club at 8pm, August 29. Tickets are $20 pre-sale through www.justimprovise.com.au or $25 at the door. BYO drinks and nibbles. Pre-booking is strongly advised as last month’s show sold out.
The Bedford RSL Club is at 182 Grand Promenade, Bedford (near IGA).
Glenn Hall and Esther Longhurst welcome you to Improv Club on August 29.
Improvising is immediate. It is decision-making in the moment. Skilled improvisers have the qualities necessary to succeed in business. The art of improvisation, when applied to life, will help prepare you for the unknown and uncertain and will help you achieve more with less. Less fear, less panic and less doubt.
Just Improvise provides training and entertaining, for business and pleasure, using the philosophy and skills of improvisation – bespoke programs and professional development for workplaces, inspirational courses for everyday folks and entertaining live performances for everyone, including the ever-popular Theatresports™. Learning more about improvisation will change your life and the lives of those around you.
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