Show Of The Week – INTERVIEW – Bareback Kings, Ultimate Cagematch

This week we are heading all the way over to North London to the Free Association for an Ultimate Cagematch – no we are not a wrestling site we are talking all about improv to the death! (well not literally). One of the improv troupes competing is one of London’s premiere Drag King Improv Troupes – The Bareback Kings. The show is happening this Thursday at 7:30pm at The Free Association. I caught up with Francesca to find out all about it.

 

Hello tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?

We are The Bareback Kings, London’s premiere drag king improv troupe. Here to steal your lovers and crotch thrust you into a tailspin, we’ve got the mad lad banter and a whole cast of characters and scenarios to woo you with.

 

 

How did the show come about?

We had all been friends for a very long time and enjoyed playing together. So we wanted to create something unique that we hadn’t seen before, however we ultimately wanted to showcase the rad women we had assembled. We also wanted absolute license to explore the world from a different perspective and have a chance to be utterly stupid without the pressure that women often face.

 

 

How did your troupe form?

We were all sat together after a Monkey Toast gig in Elephant and Castle and a few of us had been chatting about our forays into the world of drag. Somewhat symbiotically we all concocted this idea that we should be like a sexy boy band of improv drag kings.

 

 

Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?

This week, we are taking place in the FA’s Ultimate Cagematch. It is a tournament which sees the teams who had the longest running streak in previous cagematches, compete against one another in a improv royal scenario. We have been working on our Rocky Balboa training montage and have been hitting the escalators at Westfields in leisure wear . . . we came to win!

 

 

What improv styles do you want to see more of this year and why?

We love all sorts of improv, but we are big fans of the fabulous French/Finnish fusion crew of Decibel, with the sublimely silent physical shows. They have such a fluid lyricism as a team and their work is at once touching and hilarious in equal measures. We are also utterly delighted when we watch them and find that we are less frequently noting moves, or intellectualising as you have to be genuinely present to experience it. Ultimately it is it’s universality that is the biggest appeal. Of course there are cultural norms that are different place to place, but by and large you could place this show anywhere and people without language barriers can connect and enjoy.

 

 

What festivals are you guys planning on heading to this year?

We are hoping that if our other projects allow, then we could be headed to the Edinburgh Fringe or some others, but nothing confirmed yet, so watch this space!

 

Spring is just around the corner – what are you going to do to ‘spring clean’ your improv?

We firmly believe that you have to have a tidy home to have a tidy mind, so this is the time of year that we have an AGM to ensure that we have re-aligned our collective goals for the year. We get back to basics in rehearsals and do those old faithful drills to clear out the cobwebs.

 

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

Make sure that you like the people in your troupe, like actually want to hang out with them. There is a lot of time to be spent together and it should be with people you don’t want to deck.

 

What is the best thing about a night for the audience?

We think it is when the groups on the stage are clearly having a blast together. Not at the expense of the audience, as that’s the mind numbing circle jerk we have all too often seen, but whilst keeping performance standards high, be authentic and let them in…and a boyband dance number to kick things off naturally, to grease those sexy wheels!

 

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

You can find our vast array of thirst traps on:

Twitter: @BarebackKings

Instagram: @thebarebackkings

 

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

Balls, Buttholes & Badboys (yes that is one word ha ha!)

 

QUICK FIRE ROUND

 

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Pizza force fed to us at 5.30am during our bit show you wanna pizza me at the now dearly departed UCB Beast at DCM20

 

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?

Fabio, the sexy model man. His is hair is very silky and he gets hella babes.

 

If you could paint anything what would you paint?

Our bodies and then go down to Trafalgar Square and stand on the 4th plinth, we are art!

 

What is the most delightful word you can think of?

Gooch

 

Favourite song?

“Freak Me – Another Level”

 

Who is your comedy hero and why?

We love Bridget Christie, she speaks to us and we think she’s a mega babe!

 

What is your favourite movie quote?

“Kick his ass, Sea Bass!” Dumb and Dumber

 

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

It’s a cliche but Jessica Rabbit, she’s a stone cold fox!

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