This month the Amsterdam Improv Marathon is being held on the 19th May and will run for 12 hours showcasing a whopping 40 acts that will perform improv in either English or Dutch! The event is held across two stages the ‘YES Stage’ which runs between the times 12-midnight with Six different blocks of shows and the ‘AND Stage’ which is open 2-22 and has 4 different blocks of shows. Over the next few weeks we will be interviewing some of the acts from the marathon to show you just some of the improv acts that are on offer. ib
We sat down with Improv troupe Twinprov to find out more about the set that they are bringing to the Marathon.
STAGE: The ‘YES’ Stage
TIME SLOT: 16:00 – 18:00
Hello Twinprov! What will your set be about?
It very much depends on the suggestion but probably the highs and lows of the human condition, potentially with the odd comedic catastrophe thrown in. We’re as interested to find out as you are!
What other acts are you looking forward to?
All of them! Sarah performed in the Improv Marathon last year (with Merlin’s Beard) and was blown away by the talent and variety of the other acts! It’s great to see international improv which pushes boundaries and forms. In particular, Rocky Amaretto were mind-blowingly great last year, Werewolves the Improv Show looks like being a really exciting new form, and Kitchen Rules from Bristol have some brilliant improvisers on board! We’re also excited to take part in The Bench coached format workshop and performance too!
Being twins, do you find that improv is easier to do?
Hehe! We certainly find that having a great connection, lots of trust and genuine fun on stage makes it delightful!
They say twins have ‘special powers’ – have you had any experiences in improv where something magic has happened?
The more that we practise the monoscene form, the easier it becomes to actually visualise the environment and buy in to the world (to the extent that Sarah once believed that she actually WAS popular weatherman Thomas Schafernaker, even though at the time, she didn’t know who he was?!).
A lot of people at the moment are trying to transition improv into video to post on social media channels – do you think this works for improv or do you think the art form is lost in the transition?
It’s an idea with lots of potential, with venues like The Nursery Theatre live streaming shows too, which makes them accessible to a wider audience; a great idea for those of us who don’t live in London! Of course you can’t beat the live experience though and part of the thrill is that improv is, by definition, one-off throwaway theatre!
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
Watching duos is always a pleasure and really fires us up to develop our work further. Particular favourites this year have been Beings and Thunderclap. The mix of interesting characters, believable human relationships and real joy in discovering and exploring a world together is a pleasure to behold.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Pop along to our Facebook page @twinprovimprov and we also perform on the Funny Ideas podcast @funnyideaspod.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Ridiculous connected fun!