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 Stephen to find out all about this new Improv troupe!
First World Problems Greek Tragedy
NAME OF SET: First World Problems Greek Tragedy
TIME SLOT: 12:10pm Saturday
Hello Stephen! Tell us about the name of your group and the name of your set!
Hiya! We’re the First World Problems Greek Tragedy, comprised of Stephen Wan, Duncan Wrigley, Sarit Wilson and Paul Creasy.
How did you come up with the name of your show?
It does what it says on the tin!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Tragic, fast, stupid, exaggerated, over-dramatic and fun.
What will your set be about?
In a world where they are both fortunate and irritated, our heroes will battle with the strong winds of their tragic fate. We’ll take an audience suggestion for a first world problem they have, and give it the same gravitas as Euripides.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
It’s gotta be a toss up between the RH Experience and Do Not Adjust Your Stage, but I’m most excited about just seeing new groups!
What have been some of your favourite shows you have performed in to date and why?
This is our first one as an improv group! But my favourite shows have always been the end of course ones – it’s so great to achieve something with a group you’ve been growing together with for so long.
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 there’s a place for it, but so much of improv is the interaction between the audience and the performers that it’ll never completely replace it, and a stage performance doesn’t always translate well to film. However, having audience’ reaction filmed as well might give you the feel of the performance. It may evolve into a sister artform to live improv, using the latter as both product and process.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
The Fauna of Penny Forest when it was running at the Nursery – there’s something so very lovely about animal improv, although it always seemed to end in horrible death! Also TJ’s group Trios, in which three actors and three musicians riff off each other in a fusion of jazz and long form improv.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Err… we ancient Greeks have not yet figured out social media! In a parallel universe, we have individual twitter and FB pages. In our ancient Greek world – only stone tablets.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
New cathartic experience!