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 Mairi to talk about what Gibberish Allsorts have in store.
NAME OF SET: This Is Not A Love Island
TIME SLOT: 2:20pm Saturday
Hello Mairi! Tell us about Gibberish Allsorts and the name of your set!
Hi Holly! Gibberish Allsorts has been regularly performing since May 2017 and this summer we took a show called This Is Not A Love Story to Camden Fringe. We also had a run at the Nursery Theatre in February. Our slot at the Hoopla Improv Marathon is called This Is Not A Love Island.
How did you come up with the name of your show?
The name of our show – This Is Not A Love Island – is based on the “This Is Not A Love Story” we’ve been performing all year – but as a parody of the very entertaining guilty-pleasure summer reality TV show Love Island.
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
This year we’ve been focusing a lot on emotionally-connected realistic improv with the heavy theme of break-ups – but for the Hoopla Marathon, we wanted to have a bit of fun and mess around with the Love Island theme.
What will your set be about?
What other acts are you looking forward to?
The RH Experience and Phil Lunn is… are always great acts. I’m also looking forward to Dreamweaver Quartet on the Friday evening. But I’ll try and see as much as I can, as there will be so much great improv.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I really love the Dreamweaver Quartet – their shows are some of the best improv I’ve ever seen. It’s based on an audience member’s dream/nightmare, and they improvise songs along with the story, which is incredible. It definitely has a dream-like quality to it. The Glenda J Collective is also incredible – I buy tickets to see them whenever they’re playing!
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?
One thing I love about improv is the impermanent nature of it – something which frees you to take risks you wouldn’t do in a scripted show. I think some of that is lost in recording and posting it on social media. However, if it brings improv to a wider audience and gets more people involved, I think that’s a great thing too.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
Our friends Charlotte and Mark took an improvised puppet show called Bark and B – a tree and a naked lady – to Edinburgh Fringe this year, which I thoroughly enjoyed and was definitely unique.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We have a Facebook page, Gibberish Allsorts, and a twitter @gibberishimpro. They can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Love Island’s over!