Show Of The Week – INTERVIEW – Gibberish Allsorts, Hoopla Impro

This week we are heading to a show that has a sort of sad element to it as they are losing one of their members as they are moving back to Australia. So whilst there is sadness there will be lots of fun and laughter. I caught up with Mairi to find out all about Gibberish Allsort show at the Hoopla Impro Pre Party.

Hello Mairi tell us all about who you all are at Gibberish Allsorts and a little bit about yourselves?
Hi Holly! Gibberish Allsorts has been regularly performing improv comedy since May 2017 and this summer we took a show called “This Is Not A Love Story” to the Camden Fringe. We also had a run of shows at the Nursery Theatre Broadgate in February, and regularly have shows with Hoopla at The Miller pub in London Bridge.

How did Gibberish Allsorts improv form?
Most of us met doing Hoopla impro courses. We all enjoyed a similar type of improv – more emotionally connected and grounded – and the group was born! Over the year, new group members have joined.

Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?
On the 17th we have a special show as it is one of our group, Victoria Keen’s last show before moving back to Australia. We will be doing a set that involves “interviewing” Victoria about all the things she loves, which will inspire the scenes of the show.


With the Festival season just finished – what have been some of the best acts you have seen this summer and why?
We’ve loved seeing Bumper Blyton this summer – an improvised Enid Blyton novel. It’s always very funny and slightly nostalgic!


What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe?
My best advice would be to have good group communication to make sure everyone is on the same page about where the group is headed. Also, have conversations regularly about people’s physical boundaries and make sure everyone feels safe and supported.


What is the best thing about a night at Gibberish Allsorts’ show for the audience?
I think it’s clear to the audience that we’re all friends and love to play on stage together, and I think that’s a really nice thing to see in an improv group.


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


What is YOUR favourite show you have done this year and why?
Last week we did a Halloween-themed show at Thursday Night Lights – we were all dressed up in costumes, and at the end we threw sweets at the audience. It was great fun and very silly.


And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Victoria’s last show!



If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Magpie, it would be cool to fly and they’re beautiful birds.

Who is your favourite super hero and why?
Wonder woman – yay for strong female characters!

If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and it would definitely be a comedy.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
New Zealand to visit my grandma.

What would you do with your “15 minutes” of fame?
Get anyone to pay attention to climate change!

What is one item you could NEVER live without?
My phone…

Last time you laughed very hard out loud?
Last Thursday at The Nursery’s Thursday Night Lights.

What is your favourite movie quote?
“God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates Man, man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs” …”Dinosaurs eat man… Woman inherits the earth”

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