For this weeks show of the week we are heading all the way to Nottingham to a show by MissImp. The show is based around the room of a courtroom and is based at the National Justice Museum. The show seemed so much improv fun that I had to find out more. I caught up with Ben to find out all about the show that is happening this Friday.
Hello Ben, tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
I’m Ben Macpherson, part of the incredible team who run MissImp. MissImp is the home of great improv in Nottingham, we’ve been running over 20 years and bring a mixture of shows, drop in classes and workshops to folks in Nottingham and beyond.
How did the troupe come about?
This troupe; Order! The Improvised Trial, comes from a collaboration with Nottingham’s National Justice Museum. They have original courtrooms from the Victorian era and wanted to organise a show that was site specific and family friendly. We leapt at the chance, how could you not?
Do you do have any specific warm up routines that you do before a show?
The show is all about characters. Characters on trial, characters as the lawyers, characters as witnesses so we like to stretch those muscles before we dive in.
Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?
Order! Is part of Light Night, which is a brilliant night filled with cool things throughout the city. There’s fantastic music, beautiful art and of course some cracking improv comedy. The whole city centre is filled people doing things inspired by and including light. It’s my favourite event In Nottingham.
Order! is a comedy trial in a genuine court room. We have the worst judge in the country presiding over the trials of some of the most wicked criminals you’ve ever met. They are all on trial for the naughtiest things the children in the audience have done. Then the audience plays the role of the jury and even gets to decide the punishment. It’s perfect for young and old alike!
It’s the month if loveeee so what thing’s do you love about improv?
Definitely the people. Improv is all about the people and improvisers are the warmest, friendliest and most supportive folks you could ever want to meet. We’re also super welcoming too!
What improv styles do you want to see more of this year and why?
Oh this is a tough one. I love watching people have fun on stage so I suppose I’d like to see people play joyfully. I want to see short-form improv, like the Whose Line is it Anyway games have a bit of a comeback as they’ve dropped out of fashion a little bit.
What festivals are you guys planning on heading to this year?
We’ve got folks planning things throughout the year. Some of MissImp will be playing with Rhymes Against Humanity at Leicester comedy festival, they are a brilliant improv musical team. Then we have to think beyond to Edinburgh Fringe before getting on to Nottingham Comedy Festival in November.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe themselves?
Go for it, jump out of that plane with both feet and learn what you’re doing on the way down.
What is the best thing about a night at MissImp for the audience?
A MissImp audience is going to get a blend of unique nonsense and genuine characters in a one of a kind, one night only show. It’s watching comedy at the point it’s discovered, before it has been prodded poked and manipulated. Raw hilarity.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
The best place to go is MissImp.co.uk and join the mailing list but we can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you will get loads of great notifications about the things we do that anyone can get involved in.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Free Glowstick Included.
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Toss up between ostrich or Chicken hearts
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
Stilton, my Cat. He has it pretty perfect by my reckoning
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
Lake Como in Italy, preferably with a pizza and a glass of wine close by.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Who is your comedy hero and why?
Spike Milligan, so many mad ideas & brilliantly funny in-spite of a hell of a lot of adversity.
What is your favorite movie quote?
“Carpet Diem” Dead Poets Society
Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Bojack Horseman – one of the most interesting and best realised characters on tv today, sad, funny and a show filled with improvisers.