This week we have a very special show to advertise and something that you do not come across very regularly on the improv scene – Improv with a Bassoon mixed in. Welcome to the world of Bassoonprov, the show is happening this Friday in Brighton at Comedy Scoops. I caught up with Julie and her twin sister Sarah, to find out all about it.
Hello, tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
We are the newly-formed Bassoonprov, which comprises everyone’s favourite twin-based duo, Twinprov (Sarah Davies and Julie Flower), and an exceptionally talented bassoonist and improviser, Martin Clark.
An improv show with a Bassoon! I am really intrigued tell us more!
You’re as intrigued as we are! Why not an improve show with a bassoon, that’s the real question! Not only will our usual Twinprov monoscene format be underscored by improvised bassoon, Martin will make a cameo appearance in each show as a bassoonist! The trick is to justify why he’s there!
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week in Brighton?
We’ve been invited to do our inaugural set as Bassoonprov at the wonderful Scoops Comedy in Brighton on Friday 26th October. So there’ll be other great improv acts too! And the crowd in Brighton are lovely.
Will their be any improvised singing in the show?
Not if Sarah has her way!! We haven’t planned for improvised singing. Is bassoon not enough for you?
You have just had a really busy run this year at the Fringe – tell us about it and what were the highlights?
It was glorious fun. We got to perform as Twinprov and also guested on a number of different improv shows, doing everything from shortform to narrative! It was joyous to be made so welcome. One highlight was our long guest run with the team at The Cutting Room; fast-paced, often surreal improv to keep us on our toes!
You are part of many improv troupes and shows, do you ever find it hard to come up with new and exciting concepts ?
Fundamentally, great improv is about the skills and relationship of the people performing so it’s important that a continual search for the ‘new’ does not override the aim to perform excellent and interesting improv. It’s important not to become gimmicky but to be open to trying out new things. Improvising with a bassoonist is not a gimmick!
With the Festival season just finished – what have been some of the best acts you have seen this summer and why?
Goodness, so many this year. Julie loved seeing Seven Women of Different Ages in Athens, for an intelligent and playful long-form set that ticked all the boxes.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe?
Just do it and make your own success. And don’t be afraid to ask…for stage time, guidance, a hug. And remember that it’s always about making other people look good.
What is the best thing about a night watching Bassoonprov for the audience?
It is something unusual and unexpected which draws on a wide range of improv skills. And Martin is an incredible bassoonist who, sadly, may not quite be able to demonstrate the range of his talents during the performance!
What have been some of your favourite suggestions that you have had for any shows so far this year?
Our suggestion at The Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury last week was toupee…we had a lot of fun with a love story set in a hairdressing salon, which involved a macabre stuffed rabbit, a saucy greengrocer and a large selection of toupees!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
As Bassoonprov is brand, spanking new, you can follow our antics via the Twinprov Facebook page (@twinprovimprov).
What is YOUR favourite Twinprov show you have done this year and why?
We really enjoyed our show at the Amsterdam Improv Marathon as we were made so welcome and were able to share the antics of two disillusioned clowns who were embroiled in an unlikely love triangle with a huge and hugely supportive audience.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Twins Bassoonist Dresses