This month we are going behind the scenes of the Newcastle based improv show Let Us Make It Up To You to give you all the inside information and to give you more into this great little improv show that happens regularly up in the North East. I wanted to find out more about what goes into producing a montly show, I caught with the crew to find out more about it.
Hey guys! Tell us about the sort of rehearsals you do to get ready for a show?
We try to do exercises that allow us to improve and focus on areas of weakness, but then always try to finish by applying that to the hang format.
You are a show on the Newcastle Improv scene that is starting to become relatively well known – when you first start performing shows, what is your key advice to new troupes to finding the stage time and getting key slots?
Owen – I think it is important to respect your audience. If people have paid to see a show, they deserve to see something that has been well rehearsed.
I also think it is important to put some effort into production. Even if you are just performing for 10 minutes at a cabaret night: What are you going to wear? How will you introduce your act? Who will be hosting? Do they know their script?
I think sometimes because improv does not need big productions new acts think all they need is to turn up in their own clothes and play a few games. If an act has made an effort, I believe the audience will be more receptive
Do you have any pre show rituals – if so what are they?
Will: Owen’s mantra!
Owen: As Will says I brought with me a mantra that I have consistently used since my days at Liverpool University. I do not know where it initially came from, but I know that Paul Foxcroft was the first to introduce it to the drama society when he was helping out with a production.
“The hands that hold you support you…”
Describe the feeling you have when you host a show and people specifically turn up to see your show that you have organised?
I am always surprised. Like wow more people for us?! And even better when its people we don’t know, or even peripherally know. Its kinda scary because it means we now really have something that’s grown outside of its own backyard, and we have a responsibility now to those people to make the nights worth their time, which is very invigorating.
You have a house team – tell us about them?
The Hang is a long form act that we have been rehearsing for about a year now.
The format has two sections. A “Theatrical” section, which is all about celebrating the joys of conversation.