On The Phoenix Remix we like to talk to groups no matter how established or new that they are. Today I think we speak to our youngest troupe yet. We head over to Essex’s to talk to a troupe that may not have a name yet but they have their first ever show this weekend and are made up of a whopping 16 people! I caught up with Josh, Emily, Lucy, Lauren, Finley and Amy to find out all about it.
Hello, tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
AMY: I’m Amy and I run Lady’s Inconvenience, an Essex based improv group. We have joined forces with Tomorrow’s Talent, an Essex based theatre school to create a brand new improv troupe consisting of Tomorrow’s Talent students. We don’t actually have a troupe name yet…watch this space!
JOSH: I’m Josh; I’m 16 and a creative ginger.
AMY: Every troupe needs one.
EMILY: My name’s Emily and I’m 16 years old. I love performing and have been at Tomorrow’s Talent for five years now. My passion is acting and singing; I don’t stop singing around the house!
FINLEY: My name is Finley Walton I’m sixteen years old from Essex and I’ve been acting for as long as I can remember. I love attempting to make people laugh on a daily basis. I’ve never done something like this improv show before so it’s a little bit daunting but it should be really good and enjoyable.
How did the show come about?
LAUREN: At our theatre school, Tomorrow’s Talent, improv has always been a crucial part of many acting lessons and much loved among us all. So our fabulous acting tutor Amy Trigg decided to put together an improve troupe.
JOSH: We were asked to audition and were picked out to do a collaborative project with Lady’s Inconvenience.
AMY: Yeah, TT normally do a play each February but this year Gavin, the TT principal, and I discussed trying something new so here we are!
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?
LAUREN: The show this week is made up of short form improv games introduced and played by many weird and wonderful teens.
JOSH: We ask for suggestions from the audience and improvise through the suggestions. We are all young people having fun and making each other laugh
EMILY: Some of the games will be played with audience members so definitely be keen and ready!
What improv styles do you want to see more of this year and why?
FINLEY: For me I absolutely love comedic improv I feel like it’s an amazing feeling when you tell a joke and the audience absolutely bursts out laughing, it gives a great sense of gratification. At the same time though I do enjoy serious improvisation I feel like it’s equally just as impressive when an audience cries or is moved by a scene that you are doing.
AMY: I’d love to see some more long form. Maybe our next show can be more narrative based, who knows!
It’s the month of looooovveeeee so what things do you love about improv and why?
EMILY: What I loovveee about improv is that you never know what you’re going to come out and say. Naturally making the audience laugh is what I love to do. I love making people laugh. It makes me feel good to see someone happy.
FINLEY: The thing I love most about Improv is probably the fact that when you go to do a scene nobody really has any idea where the scene is going to go which gives you such a great sense of freedom. It offers such a wide variety of ways the scene can end up which is perfect
JOSH: I love the part of not knowing what’s going to happen next but accepting and adding. The fact that it has brought us together is such a bonus.
LAUREN: I have never laughed as much in my life then I have done during my improv sessions recently. And although it can be terrifying I low-key love the thrill of it and the fact that sometimes when things don’t quite go quite to plan the audience often find it funnier.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe themselves?
JOSH: Go for it!! It may be challenging and hard work but you will love it and the people you are with will all become so close
FINLEY: I’d say to anyone who is thinking of starting an improv group “do it”. I was really nervous about doing this but at the end of the whole process it’s really been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s an incredible thing to get involved in and is also amazingly beneficial for all forms of acting.
AMY: Yeah, go for it! Get along to some classes and meet like minded improvisers – see where it goes from there.
What is the best thing about a night of improv for the audience?
JOSH: I think the connection between the audience and the troupe.
AMY: I love that they get a totally unique show. They can be as involved as they like.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
LAUREN: Follow @tomorrowstalent on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
AMY: We’ll also be posting during the lead up to the show on the Lady’s Inconvenience social media accounts! Twitter: l_inconvenience and Instagram: ladysinconvenience.
And finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
JOSH: Full of laughter.
EMILY: Energetic, hilarious and fun.
FINLEY: It’s bloody amazing.
LAUREN: Weird and Wonderful.
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
JOSH: Chicken feet
AMY: I have so many questions, Josh…
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
JOSH: The Queen because royalty seems ok for a day
LUCY: I would trade lives with Declan Donnelly because he has just had a baby and I could look after it – because I love babies – and I would get to hang out with Ant and everyone at BGT! Who wouldn’t want to meet all these famous people?!
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
LUCY: The Mona Lisa and sell it for millions.
EMILY: I would paint the sunset, as it would have splashes of beautiful colour.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
AMY: Kettle! I just like the way it sounds.
LUCY: Bubble because you can’t say it angrily!
EMILY: The most delightful word is ‘love’.
LUCY: Burn – from Hamilton.
EMILY: Rosyln by Bon Iver.
JOSH: Sixteen shots by Stefflon Don.
AMY: I had to google to see who that was. I love Origin of Love from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Who is your comedy hero and why?
EMILY: Russell Howard as he is naturally funny. He never tries too hard to make people laugh. He talks about things that people can relate to.
JOSH: Catherine Tate because her characters are incredible
LUCY: Miranda Hart – absolute gem and just so British! She is just so relatable
What is your favourite movie quote?
LUCY: “Such fun!”
EMILY: “You complete me” and “love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without”.
Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
JOSH: Thomas the tank engine because he is just a cool train
LUCY: Merida because she is fiery and fierce.
AMY: Kim Possible. I want to be a spy and have a naked mole rat.