Welcome to a special themed set of interviews for the lead up to Christmas – celebrating all the wonderful festive shows that are on this year. I have sat down with a bunch of troupes to find out more about the shows that they are performing.
Today we speak to Chloe of the improv troupe The Descendants. Her improv troupe is part of an evening at Streatham Space Project on Friday the 7th December where all money paid on the door goes to charity.

Hello Chloe, tell us all about The Descendants?

We’re Hoopla’s narrative improv house team team. This season we’re making up Roald Dahl inspired stories for our audiences and bringing a lot of silly to the stage!

 What is the show that you are bringing to London in this Festive season?

We’re hosting a night of festive improv fun at a new venue – the Streatham Space Project. We’re so excited by the venue and the other groups we have playing: Nu Z Land who consistently bring the rip roaring laughs, Derek’s Mojo who create these bizarre worlds, Acaprov for the feel good music and Mordsaga because nothing says Seasons Greetings like a Swedish murder mystery.  And of course we’ll be bringing some wondercrump snozzlewinkling stories to make you feel like a child again!

Will there be a bit of festivity in your show?

Of course! We wouldn’t want to give away all we have up our sleeves but every group is bringing something different to the table!

What are your favourite things about the festive season and why?

The thing we love most about this time of year is the generosity of people! We just love that Brits drop their stiff upper lip and show a bit of compassion for those less fortunate than us. Improv is all about being accepting and kind to others on stage and we think that should be the same off stage. That’s why we’ll be raising money for the Streatham Space Project’s Youth programme on the night!

This time of year the venues tend to be a bit busier as well – do you find that the audience changes at all?

Yes – this time of the year means a  lot of drinking and people can be a bit rowdier but improv audiences are always the best no matter what time of year it is!

 

What advice would you give for people performing around the festive season – is it important to drop a Christmas related theme into it?

We think it’s not necessary but it does help to get new audiences in. Suggestions can take your show in any direction though so remember that you don’t need to recreate home alone on stage!

What is the best thing about a night with The Descendants for the audience?

The best thing about our show is that you know that we’re enjoying every single second of it! We’ve been performing together for a while and none of us are happier than when we’re on stage together. Every person in our group provides a different perspective and type of improv so we really pride ourselves on hitting a different note every single time we’re performing.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?


We’re @DescendantsImpro on Facebook and Instagram! Follow for our latest gigs and some behind the scenes worming.

 

 

What is YOUR favourite show you have done this year and why?

Our favourite show had to be a recent show where we had the famous Suki Webster say we were her favourite group of the night! It was an absolute scrumplidilumtious compliment and we’ve been on cloud 9 since!

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

S***s and giggles

 

CHRISTMAS QUICK FIRE ROUND

Best Christmas cracker joke and why?

What’s furry and minty?
A polo bear

Favourite Christmas film and why?

Love Actually – who can beat Hugh Grant dancing around number 10? No one!

What do you want for Christmas this year?

A lot of laughter

What is the best adaptation in YOUR opinion of A Christmas Carol?

The Muppets!

Brussel Sprouts – Love or hate?

Hate

Favourite Christmas pop song?
Let the bells ring out for Christmas day

Can you name what happens on the 12 days of Christmas in the song?

Nope! But we can make up our own…

Favourite Christmas Food and why?

Prunes! It’s an oldie but we love the sweetness!

Were you ever part of a nativity play at school? What role were you given?

Yes – Christmas card!

What is your favourite Christmas episode of any TV show.

The Office’s christmas special.

A big important question is Die Hard a Christmas film?

Absolutely! Anything can be!