It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are talking to acts performing at an array of festivals to find out more about their sets and what they have planned for their shows. Today we look at an improv troupe that is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their musical improv themed show!. I caught up with Aisling from Notflix to to find out all about it.

notflix squareName Of Show: Notflix

Time: 18:00

Date:  1st to the 26th August

Location:  Gilded Ballroom Teviot Debating Hall (Venue 14)


Hello! Tell us about Notflix!

Well originally we were called Waiting for the Call but now we are better known as
the name of our show, Notflix. Notflix is a totally improvised comedy musical based
on an audience suggestion of a favourite movie, then using the location, key scenes and characters as a jumping off point, we create a brand new narrative. All scenes, songs and vocals are improvised spontaneously by the all female cast and a liveband.

It’s improv, so every show is different; but what remains the same is a joy-filled, high
camp, musical celebration of everything you wish a movie could be. As for the team
there are usually 6 of us playing led by our director, the beating heart of Notflix,
Sarah Spencer. We’re a bunch of professional actresses who are super serious
about being silly! We’ve all got different voices, styles and something different to
offer whether that be ballet dancing, amazing harmonies, an Irish jig, a big belt, the
ability to speak in Shakespearean verse, different languages, or the worm!

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
It actually just appeared out of nowhere, one of those real light bulbmoments!
However, Sarah did relentlessly google it just to make sure it wasn’t already taken. It
did seem a bit too good to be true. Also someone who worked for Netflix saw our
show during the summer liked it and assured us we wouldn’t be sued… so that’s
good!

Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
We always do a long form musical which is inspired by the film suggestion of one
audience member. We pick written suggestions out of a bucket – so quieter
audience members are in with a chance too! When it comes to form we do a Notflix
version of a musicalized Harold. Although there are usually just of couple of main
characters in each scene, the backline plays a huge part in creating the world of the
movie and is something we have a lot of fun with. We’re all about big, bold
characters and relationships. Even in the craziest of settings we always want the
audience to care about the characters and believe in the realationships. As much as
we love to make you laugh we also love those “Aww” moments too.

What will your set be about?
Six actresses and a live band will be taking some of your favourite films and giving
them an injection of female fuelled, musical, uncynical joy!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Luisa Omielan, Emma Sidi, Baby Wants Candy, Showstoppers
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

Yes, this is Notflix’s third year at the Gilded Balloon, we’ve gone from a 50 to a 90 to
a 350 seater room. It’s been quite a journey! Last year I saw a show called We Are
Ian. Three female clowns took us back to the 1980s to explore the counter cultural
movement that House music became. It was brilliant, mad, sad, joyful, I got to dance
and there were biscuits. What more could I want!

Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment but Do You
think virtual reality has a space to be used in improv and what other modern
technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch improv?

In a funny way, I think the use of virtual reality in other types of performance, helps
incorporate the best things about improvised theatre into a non improvised show. It can help to break down the traditional barrier between the audience and the space. I also love shows that use technology in a way that surprises the audience or makes them feel immersed in the experience or even gives different audience members the chance to have different experiences or have some control over their experience.

An Irish company Threes Theatre Company are exploring this in a really interesting way at the moment. When it comes to improvisation, or at least what Notflix is doing, it’s so organic that the use of technology would almost get in the way of this. We’re always bouncing off the audience’s energy and each other. I also feel like it might mean Notflix without some of its bite/ edge.

What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen
this year and why?
I absolutely loved the American duo, TJ and Dave when I saw them at the Soho
Theatre.They leap so fully into their characters and do it with so much heart that time seems to stand still when they improvise.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social
media?
Our first port of call is twitter @WFTCimprov and if you come to one of our shows
we’d love to hear what you think #Notflix You can also check out twitter for all
upcoming tour dates and any workshops we might be doing. Our website is
notflixthemusical.com and we are represented by the amazing CatFaceTalent who
are also on twitter @CatFaceTalent We also have an instagram account @wftcimprov
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Movies without Weinstein

ED FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND

The Best thing about performing at the fringe?
The buzz.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Endurance. And resisting the temptation to spend your entire savings on shows, crepes and dumplings.
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
A lightweight raincoat because flyering whilst being soaked through is not fun. Some
running shoes- the Fringe is amazing but pretty full on. Sometimes you just need to clear your head so a run or a walk up Arthur’s seat can do the trick. Water, water, water or a steamer – when it comes to the Fringe your body and voice are doing a marathon and it needs all the help it can get.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
I think with Notflix it has helped that everybody who has flyered has either been a part of the team or has actually seen the show and really enjoyed it. It’s really important that when you chat to people they can see how passionate you are about the show you are selling. We’re also pretty well branded, look out for those signature red Notflix jackets! It gives the impression that there are far more of us than there actually are.
What are the best venues at the fringe?
I’m a bit biased but I love The Gilded Balloon’s Teviot. Location wise I love it, it’s right
beside the meadows and lots of yummy food stalls. It has lots of different sized room, so you can see something intimate in a 30 seater or go big and see something in the grandeur of the Debating Hall. And there’s a big comfy café you can chill in if it (inevitably) rains.