Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Twinprov

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 made up of twins! Also sometimes when you play the Fringe you do not just have your own show you participate and star in others. This is exactly what Twinprov are doing and I caught up with them to find out more.

Hello! Tell us about Twinprov?

We’re an improv duo from Kent who create multiple characters and delight in unusual situations and relationships.  We’re just like twin sisters…apart from the foot in height difference.

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

We’re playing in a number of different shows, with either our own slot or as guest improvisers in an existing show.  We’re delighted to be guesting with The Oxford Imps, as well as taking part in a number of PBH Free Fringe shows including The Cutting Room,  At Last The 1990s Show, Discerning Nights, and Trevor Feelgood’s Weird Showcase! Julie is also performing in two plays, including a new work about family disputes, gender identity and caravanning, entitled Trans Pennine.

What is your time slot?

We have a number so check out our Facebook page @twinprovimprov for more details! The plays will take place at 6.20pm from 13th to 25th August at TheSpace on North Bridge.

Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?

We usually perform a multiple character monoscene.  We’re interested in exploring relationships and connections through storytelling; hopefully we strike an interesting balance between engaging characters and bold and imaginative narratives!

What will your set be about?

We won’t know until we hear those suggestions.  We recently had ‘productivity’ and ‘cheese’ as suggestions…cue the exploration of management antics power play in an a failing artisan cheesemonger’s shop!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

We are going to gorge ourselves on improv comedy and hopefully make room for some other types of performance too.  Sarah usually reviews for Total Theatre so is excited to see a wide range of experimental and challenging theatre, particularly anything site specific and immersive!

Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

Sarah is a complete Fringe addict, and this will be her 12thyear in a row attending! In that time she’s seen a huge variety of every type of show imaginable! Her favourites have included ‘Rubber’ a hard-hitting play about sex workers, that took place in a car driving around Edinburgh, ‘Puddles’ Pity Party’; a cabaret show from a sad and bitter clown, and ‘Sirenia’ a beautiful immersive play set in a remote light house! Improv-wise The Mayday’s ‘Happily Never After’ was exceptional too! It’s Julie’s first year performing at The Fringe so she’s making the most of it with two plays and improv…learning lines has been a bit of a shock to the system, though.  Impromptu Shakespeare is always great fun.

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?

There’s a definite argument that there’s simply no replacement for a live show with a real audience and a real element of risk taking as a result! However, new technologies are always exciting, and Sarah is particularly enjoying performing with the super technical and experimental show Improbotics at the moment! All improvisers wear headsets, and the show’s current premise centres around the audience trying to discern which improvisers are ‘humans’, which is a cyborg (controlled by an AI who feeds them lines based on films) and which is a ‘puppet’being fed lines by a human master! They even have a robot compere available and have branches of the show in Canada and Sweden!

What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?

Julie loved seeing ‘7 women of different ages’ at Mount Olymprov in Athens in June – a collaboration of some excellent Polish female improvisers with a guest improviser from Greece; playful, intelligent longform at its best. We both loved seeing Dutch production ‘Werewolves the Improv Show’ (based on the elimantion board game) and the hilarious one man show ‘One Board Man’ at Amsterdam Improv Marathon recently, as well as some really inspiring twoprov from The Clones at The Nursery Theatre just last week!

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

We’re on Facebook @twinprovimprov or you can follow us on Twitter @julieflower4 and @talltalessarah.  More information about the plays is at @WorksOfOrange.

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Hideous matching outfits!


Best thing about performing at the fringe?

Total immersion

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

sharing a bed with someone you wouldn’t normally (in a purely platonic way)

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?

downtime, tea, stamina

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

annoying cheerfulness

What are the best venue’s at the fringe?  

Love the beautiful Spiegel tent, PBH Free fringe venues, The Pleasance and anywhere that’s a cave/ship/unusual place!


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