It’s Beginning To Improv A Lot Like Christmas – INTERVIEW – Winter Wonderland, Swipe Right

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 an improv group who are holding their festive winter themed show in the new year on the 4 th of January. I caught up with Swipe Right to find out all about it.

Hello tell us all about Swipe Right?

Hello! We improvise scenes inspired by a random selection of music, along the theme of ‘the relationships you want to see and the relationships you don’t’.

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

It’s our Winter Wonderland improv special, and it’s FREE at the Nursery Theatre in Broadgate from 7.30pm on Friday January 4. Given the time of year, we’re being completely anti ‘New Year, New You’. You’re fine exactly the way you are, so why not come out to a night of comedy to celebrate that and we can all not care about what other people think together.

We’ve got long form sets from us and the excellent Classic Andy, short form games from Hoopla stars Gamez, and improvised pirate radio – which has to be seen to be believed. Oh yes, and prizes galore in Rosie’s music quiz, themed after the theme of the night!

Will there be a bit of festivity in your show?
There will still be festive bits – mince pies, inflatable reindeer and other mystery items – because that’s fun and we love picking up stuff like that from shops and draping it across the theatre, or giving it to the audience, depending on what it is.

What are your favourite things about the festive season and why?
The way everything just stops. There’s this small period where you feel the world hit pause and all that matters is what’s going on where you are at that moment. I love that.

This time of year the venues tend to be a bit busier as well – do you find that the audience changes at all?
People feel more up for experimenting, doing something out of the ordinary, especially in that lull before work kicks off again. That said there’s also a lurch toward cosiness, which improv shows can really serve in the way they bring performers and audiences together in a bubble. A very festive bubble.

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

What is the best thing about a night at Swipe Right for the audience?
We really like for people to feel like they’ve gone to a proper ‘big night’ and that they’ve been taken care of. We want them to feel like they’ve got their money’s worth I suppose, even though it’s free – but the audience are still giving you their time, which is all people really have to give in the end, so that’s important.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Please do, on Twitter and Facebook. All our gigs come up on Facebook, so that’s probably the more useful of the two.

What is YOUR favourite show you have done this year and why?
Personally it was Seen At 10.28’s show at the Wheatsheaf in June, because that was the pub I saw my very first long form improv gig in, in 2013. [It was Austentatious, who will have a weekly West End show from next year. How awesome is that?]
Andy (surname Rouse, our fabulous new member): My first Swipe Right show, obviously. [This was DuckDuckGoose.]

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Walloping fun blitz.


Best Christmas cracker joke and why?
Rosie: What do Santa’s helpers learn at school? The Elf-abet. Because I got it in a cracker and I remember it.


Favourite Christmas film and why?
Rosie: The Snowman, because it makes me cry.


What do you want for Christmas this year?
An entirely new wardrobe that I don’t have to shop for, but will fit me perfectly and adapt to all situations.


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


Brussel Sprouts – Love or Hate?
I love the perversity of the Iceland Marmite variety.


Favourite Christmas pop song?
Rosie: All I Want For Christmas Is You, because it reminds me of a school disco when I really fancied Adam Jones.


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


Favourite Christmas Food and why?
Stuffing, because you only really have it at Christmas, so it’s a bit exotic.


Were you ever part of a nativity play at school? What role were you given?
I remember being ticked off that it wasn’t anything significant so probably an angel or a sheep or something.


What is your favourite Christmas episode of any TV show.

Rosie: Any Eastenders Christmas.


A big important question – is Die Hard a Christmas film?
It’s a movie set at Christmas about the importance of getting home for Christmas. Also, that scene where John meets Al for the first time is one of the most uplifting in cinema, there’s a lot of jingly music and a bit of panto in Hans Gruber. So I’m saying a big fat yes.

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