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 Ed to talk about a show that involves improvised hip hop!
Once Upon A Rhyme
NAME OF SET: Once Upon A Rhyme
TIME SLOT: 10:40pm Saturday
Hello Ed ! Tell us about Once Upon a Rhyme?
Once Upon a Rhyme is an improvised hip hop musical based upon a fairy tale of some kind. It came out of some workshops we all took with North Coast. Some of us just started meeting up regularly to keep the skills sharp, and then after Katy and I did Pie-Day Night last year, we wanted to do something musical this year, and this is what we landed on, which is beyond awesome.
How did you come up with the name of your show?
Fairy tales + Hip Hop = Rhymes rhymes rhymes. Add a pun and you’re golden.
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Everyone involved in the project has taken classes with North Coast, so we are combining their frenetic, energetic style with the traditional improvised musical format. It’ll be goofy and fun.
What will your set be about?
We’ll take a fairy tale you know and love and twist it out of shape with sick rhymes and face the consequences!
What other acts are you looking forward to?
Acaprov are also doing a set duting the marathon and that style on musical is so impressive. They should be great!
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
We’ve never done a set before as a team, but Dan Attfield has done some amazing stuff with RH Experience and Abandoman, as well as his own solo shows.
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 improv on social media could be a great promotional tool, and there is nothing wrong with recording impov if it is done properly. But I think it very much depends of on the style of improv you are showcasing and for what purpose.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
North Coast blew my mind. And training with them in tandem last year really brought to the fore just how impressive what they do is, and how fun it is, both to watch and perform.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Oh, there are a bunch of us, but there is no unifed social media feed. @edmundfargher @katyschutte @danattfield and Harry Turnbull for starters.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s like Hamilton! (We’ll never be able to live up to that 😂)