All this week we have exclusive interviews with just some of the acts that are performing at the Hoopla Impro Marathon in London Bridge between 7pm Friday – 11pm Saturday night. I caught up with Mariana to find out all about the show that c3 Something have in store
NAME OF SET: C3Something
TIME SLOT: 12:30pm Saturday
Hello Mariana Tell us about C3? Show?
We have 15 minutes to go free with our imagination and improvise something never seen before and that’s just what we’ll do!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
We do non narrative longform improv. We’ve all studied at the UCB and done courses with all the great improvisers of the theatre, some of whom we brought and keep bringing to London to teach.
What will your set be about?
That’s ultimately in the hands of the audience! So start thinking of those suggestions!
What other acts are you looking forward to?
To be totally honest, it’s been a busy start of the school year – and I’m not in school, which probably makes it worse – so I haven’t had the chance to look through the marathon’s programme. BUT, I’m sure anything I’ll be able to catch will be great entertainment.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I’m currently building my personal website and going through photos to update my portfolio. Looking through the photos I took during Slapdash International Festival in 2016, in which myself and C3? had a big, BIG hand, I was reminded and humbled by the openness of the international performers we had booked for the festival (who had come from different improv schools of thought) to come together to do extra sets when last minute life bombs hit a couple of other scheduled acts and we had to improvise with our line-up. They performed together, experimented with form and showed us how great it is to have no ego and just honour our art form.
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?
I think it can work. A great example of it is Catherine Mudon’s, Connor Rattliff’s and Tom Levin’s “I’m Too Fragile for This” which I love.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
I had the opportunity to go to the Del Close Marathon in New York where I’ve seen amazing shows, both from teams performing their usual set up and still managing to be unique and surprise the audience and from bit shows created for the occasion. The main reasons I think all of these worked, were unique and surprising, have to do with the improvisers bringing themselves to their pieces in an open and honest way and committing hard to their performance.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
They can follow me on Instagram @marianafeijo, on Twitter at @_mariana_feijo_ and check out my (still under construction, but already available to browse) website marianafeijo.com. They can find links to all my improv teams, shows and external work in these.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Honesty, Commitment, Experimentation