A Month of Pairs – INTERVIEW – Mørdsäga

It is duo’s month and so it is only right that we delve into the world of Twoprov this February. Over the next few weeks we are talking to a variation of improv acts up and down the country to find out the ins and outs of being part of a twoprov troupe. Today, I speak to Peter and Emma to find out all about the world of Scandinavian crime dramas….
Hello tell us all about  who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
We are Peter More and Emma Wessleus. We have been performing as a duo for about a year but had been in other groups together before that. We met in Amsterdam but moved to London early last year. Peter is British, Emma is Swedish. We are also a couple and have a one-year-old child.

What style of Improv do you do?

 

Our current show is a narrative longform based around Scandinavian crime dramas. We do it with a lot of the atmosphere but also a lot of silliness.

What sort of suggestions do you ask the audience for in your show?

 

We vary what we get. Most commonly we get an everyday object that then inspires the detectives and informs the crime.

What is the best thing about being in a twoprov?

 

Planning is much easier than with a group with loads of members. Performing is fully immersive as there is no time to relax on the side.

What is the most challenging?

 

Mixing up the energy within a show. It can be too easy to get stuck on the same page and forget that variety really helps a show.

What will makes you different to other twoprov acts out there?

 

We really get into the genre and avoid being too gaggy, letting the humour come more organically. We’re also raising a tiny human together.

What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an twoprov troupe themselves?

 

Just do it and see how it works out. It’s easy to find rehearsal spaces and book a try-out night. Don’t go into it with an idea of the format, find out what excites the two you. In a large group it is very hard to make everyone happy; in a twoprov, that is the starting point.

What have been some of your specifically favourite scenes you have created so far in a show and why?

 

In a recent show, police horses were shown to have feelings, which were frequently upset by a pragmatic policeman. This was fun because it was a real discovery, we both went in with no preconceptions.
A satnav started seducing unsuspecting drivers. It was a discovery from an accidental turn of phrase, which the audience laughed at, and became a nice game and even part of the plot.
A detective, constantly on his phone and ignoring his partner, finally admits he likes her. We loved this because the audience went “aw” showing how much they were into the characters.

What other twoprov groups are you a fan of and why?

 

National Theatre of the World – They really commit to a genre

Joe Bill and Patti Stiles – Explore the humanity of their characters with such utter charm and joy.

Lightship Beatbox – something different and they really can improvise, just not the way we do

Project2 – work together so nicely with so much love and respect

 

 

 

Tell us about the sort of rehearsals you do to get ready for a show?

 

These days we rehearse in our living room when the toddler is asleep.

Do you have any pre show rituals – if so what are they?

We always list 3 things each that we want from the show.

What are your aims for your troupe for the improv in 2019?

 

We want to really explore our format and experiment with other genres. We also hope to do more festivals.

It’s the month of looooovveeeee so what things do you love about improv and why?

 

It’s made us both better people. We love the fact it is a genuinely caring community.

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

In three words why should people come and see you perform?

Swedish accents, baby!

DUO QUICK FIRE SPECIAL

If you could be any famous duo from TV, Film or Music what would your twoprov be and why?

 

Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins because he’s always trying to teach her proper English.

Who creates the craziest improv characters?

 

Peter: Emma
Emma: Emma

What is your favourite thing about one another?

 

Peter: Emma has nice tits
Emma: Peter has nice tits

What is the thing that the other would go viral for?

 

Emma – mimicking famous singers
Peter – World’s longest to-do list

 

You have £50 in your pocket to buy the other a present – what would you get them and why?

Emma: As much organizing and storage equipment as possible as organizing makes him happy
Peter: pack of 5 earphones (which will last about a  week)

If you had to release a duet – what would the song be and why?

I’m a little bit Opera, I’m a little bit death metal.

The toughest question of all – last rolo – would you keep it or give it to your twoprov buddy?

 

Peter: Emma would probably grab it before I got the chance to decide.
Emma: Peter, because I’m on a diet.

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