It is Classic Andy Month on The Phoenix Remix and we are not just giving you group interviews we are also giving you a proper introduction to each member of the troupe! Today we talk to member Brittany Pay to find out all about her world of improv.
Hello Brittany! How long have you been improvising?
About 4 years
How did you get into improv?
I read Tina Fey’s book Bossy Pants, which is hilarious and Fey talked so much about improv, and how it improved everything in her life, so I signed up for a beginners course and loved it! I felt really shy at the beginning because having no other performance training at the time and going into a class full of strangers and being silly just seemed like what nightmares could be made of but it was so fun and you quickly become friends with the strangers, in fact James H and Jen were in that first class with me.
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
This is really hard, because I love most improv – I want to see it all, I love the connection a duo can have, which can have a lot of comfortable space and strong decisions or I just love watching people have loads of fun on stage, especially when they laugh or surprise themselves.
Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?
No particular order…
Heather Urquhart – She make fearless/ hilarious offers and it’s wonderful watching her justify or heighten them.
Cariad Lloyd – Has an amazing talent to play characters that you can laugh with or at and then cry with or for.
Pippa Evans – is absolutely hilarious, I saw her solo show last year and she had such great banter with the audience.
Maria Peters – Maria was my first improv teacher and everytime I see Maria perform I learn something new.
Rhiannon Vivian – Rhi has such a wonderful mind and amazing name, watching Rhi perform is so surprising, hilarious and wonderfully weird but it all makes complete sense and it couldn’t be any other way.
What is your favourite warm up game?
That one where you run around being a Penguin, it might be called Penguins.
Favourite short form game?
It’s been a while but New Choice was always super fun.
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
Make a choice
In no more than 5 words, what advice would you give them?
Have fun and be kind.
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
Right Kind of Trouble – They have some great players and energy.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
Physical, playful and supportive.
Describe each Classic Andy member in one word
Jen – Fun
Emma – Charming
Haskin – Thoughtful
James W – Supportive
Jennifer – Transformable
Julie – austentatious