Name Of Show: Geraldyne: Improv from Music
Date: 11th – 25th August
Location: Bar Bados (Free Fringe) Room 6 (Venue 32 )
Hello Adam! Tell us about Geraldyne Improv?
Geraldyne: Improv from Music is a show we perform in London every month (at the Star of Kings) and are taking up to Edinburgh for the second time. We invite a different musician every night to perform some of their music, then we interview them and use that all as inspiration for improvised comedy.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Fringe?
Every new improv group now has to be given a now-unfashionable Baby Boomer name like Geraldyne. There are groups in London called Keith, Margaret and there’s probably an Albert somewhere. In 70 years’ time the circle of life will continue and improv groups will have to be called ‘Ava’, ‘Iris’ and ‘Noah’.
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
We take comic premises from the music and interviews so we’re closest to UCB-style, although our members have all different sorts of training which keeps things really varied.
What will your set be about?
The songs might be about absolutely anything so the improv follows suit. Sometimes the more dark, sombre and serious the songs, the more fun it is to find the comedy.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?
Too many to count. One great show for those who didn’t catch them when they were last in UK is the Bear Pack. Also Pretend Men’s ‘Police Cops’ is awesome.
Have you done the Fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
We did our first Fringe last year as a group and it was great fun. Last year we had an amazing variety of performers from opera singers, old-timey banjo bands to surfer dude rappers… the lot. A group favourite was a retired missile system designer who was certain that the Beatles song ‘Blackbird’ was named after John Lennon’s secret black girlfriend.
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?
We’re hoping that Geraldyne 2020 will be entirely virtual, live-streamed in crisp ultra high-def 360 degrees. Exclusively on Oculus Rift VR headsets. I can’t stress this enough: after this Fringe, future Geraldyne fans must be Oculus-enabled.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
The Bear Pack do great comic narrative improv: lots of mad nesting doll stories-within-stories. Then they do a short-form Q+A at the end where the audience asks questions about loose ends in the show which works amazingly well.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We are on all the platforms, so please like us!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Funny, musical, surprising.
ED FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best thing about performing at the fringe?
Thousands of people trying to make audiences happy, sometimes with little to no hope of reward: that’s a spicy meatball.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Going back to reality.
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Raincoat. Umbrella. Jumper.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
What are the best venue’s at the fringe?
The weirder fringe ones. Raw vegan cafe basements with room for 10 people where the owner believes there are Nazis on the moon.