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 speak to a brand new improv act that are travelling all the way from down under to perform at the Fringe. They are a trio from Adelaide in South Australia and ready to make you laugh your socks off. I spoke to Kirsty to find out all about them
Name Of Show: Unexpected Inheritance
Location: PQA Venues @ Riddles Court – PQA Two (Venue 277 )
Hello Kirsty! Tell us about Tenuous Link!
Tenuous Link is a new production company created by Claire Bottrall, Kirsty Wigg and Paul Gordon: three improvisers from Improv Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia. We’ve been improvising together for over 5 years as part of various improv troupes, and Tenuous Link is our new joint venture where we plan to branch out into new forms of improvised performance and experiment with different styles of show. The idea is our shows may have ‘tenuous links’ to one another, but they’ll all be fun! Claire and Kirsty will be travelling to Edinburgh this year for the Fringe, and Tenuous Link’s first official run of shows!
How did you come up with the name of your show that you are taking to the Fringe?
The show we are debuting at the Ed Fringe, ‘Unexpected Inheritance’, is a completely improvised performance about one character (based on someone in the audience) and their journey through receiving various bequeathments that will all change their life for better or worse! We were originally going to call the show simply ‘The Inheritance’, but wanted to underline the spontaneous and improvised nature of the show, hence ‘Unexpected Inheritance’!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Long form, fun, and completely spontaneous! We have no planned outline, characters or safety net as we show you the story of one person we meet in our audience on the night. It’s also a duo show, so imagine all the plot threads, characters and scene changes of a normal long form improv show, but with only two brave (or crazy?) improvisers at the helm!
What will your set be about?
After meeting our main character, who will be randomly selected (or volunteered) from the audience, we’ll learn a little bit about them and get straight into showing their life as it currently is (with 100% accuracy for sure!). Suddenly – *gasp, how unexpected!!* – a lawyer appears stating that this character has inherited something (a suggestion from the audience) that is to change their life forever! Disastrous or fantastical consequences will ensue!
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
We love seeing other improvisers from around the world and checking out their different styles. The top shows we are looking forward to seeing are ‘Austentatious’, ‘Spontaneous Potter’, and of course our Improv Adelaide buddies also heading over for the Fringe, Changing Jennifers’ ‘Improvised Improv’! We also love to check out circus, theatre and cabaret like ‘The Piano Men’. We just love Fringe!!
# have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is our first ever EdFringe as performers and we are super excited!!! Back in Australia, however, Claire and Kirsty have performed in dozens of Fringe shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (the second biggest in the world), and Melbourne International Comedy Festival as part of Scriptease, Improv Adelaide’s Soap!, Tales of Adventure, and On the Fly Impro. One of our favourite shows from these would have to be the fan favourite, ‘UnPlotted Potter’ by Scriptease which has enjoyed sell out shows for all 4 of its seasons to date. We love this show because we get to live in the magical Potterverse for an hour every night and find out what else has been happening around our favourite characters!
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?
Sure! Like a good improviser, improv as an art form is super flexible! Already improv podcasts interact with audiences across the world by accepting suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. Accepting similar suggestions throughout a live show via a live feed could be a new way to keep the improv flowing while accepting more suggestions without having to stop and ask. Overall though, improv is an art form about raw human wit, daring and storytelling, and technology can only benefit it so far before it changes the focus of what improv should be.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
This year I’ve seen a table-top role playing improv show ‘Quest Time!’ – soon to have its own podcast. It’s almost more like a game than an improv show! Dice rolls affect players’ decisions and successes and you find yourself on the edge of your seat!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Find us on Facebook or Instagram!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Aussies inherit hilariously!
ED FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best thing about performing at the fringe?
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Not being able to see enough other shows!
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Water, flyers and an accurate watch!
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
The ability to fail spectacularly and get back up!
What are the best venues at the fringe?
PQA Venues @ Riddle’s Court – right off the Royal Mile and I hear there’s a great show there called Unexpected Inheritance!