It is nearly the weekend and you want something interesting and different to do, well why not head to the Improv London Theatre for something that is a little bit special. The all girl improv troupe B.R.A are performing as part of a great line up which also includes Other Peoples Children and City Impro. The show starts at 7:30pm this Friday. I caught up with the girls to find out all about it.
Hello tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
Hello!!! We are BRA an all-female improv group bringing you the news as you’ve never seen it before. We’re a very ‘supportive’ group bringing high energy, character-packed chaos to the stage. We bring a totally new meaning to ‘fake news’ spinning headlines and stories from audience suggestions.
How did your troupe form?
We are basically a big gang of pals who met through a variety of improv courses and one off classes. Six of us met through a beginner’s class and have been inseparable since and our two newest recruits Siobhan and Ellen came from us doing classes with them and us totally crushing on their improv styles.
Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?
So we are super excited to be performing as part of a new show at the London Improv Theatre called “Improv Combo”. The idea is to bring together four groups with different styles for a night of eclectic imorov. We will be sharing a stage with Acaprov, Other People’s Children and City Improv and it’s going to be an absolute hoot.
The show is Friday 22nd March at 7.30 and you can get more info and tickets here
What improv styles do you want to see more of this year and why?
Variety is the spice of life so we really love seeing groups that have put a twist on the long form format.
What festivals are you guys planning on heading to this year?
We are really excited about the Fringe and also the Hoopla UK festival coming up in April.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe themselves?
DO IT, DO IT, DO IT! If you are thinking about it just do it already! From our experience it definitely helps to form a group with people you already know and like and feel comfortable being silly with. BRA are pals first and players second which means never having to second guess if you will be supported and backed up.
What is the best thing about a night for the audience?
I think the thing our audiences respond to most is us calling each other out and not being afraid to own it when it comes to making mistakes-whether it’s a geographically dubious accent, a forgotten character name or in some cases us so wildly going off topic that we forget what the original headline was in the first place.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
You can catch up with all our shenanigans by following us at BRAImprov on Facebook.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Best. Time. Ever
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A Japanese moon cake that had a salted egg yolk in the middle
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
Dolly Parton so I could wear cowboy boots, rhinestones and have my own theme park. She is a Queen!
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
I’d do a not so still life of a loads of dogs just so I could hang out with them while I paint.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Baby’s in Black by the Beatles. Such an underrated one of theirs and I love the fact that John and Paul insisted on using only one microphone in the recording so they could get the harmony as close as possible.
Who is your comedy hero and why?
I think it has to be Billy Connolly. He has an almost melodic quality to his stories and jokes that you can’t help but get swept up in. My favourite line of his is when he says he used to be a folk singer but he had to quit because he sounded like “a goose farting in the fog”.
What is your favourite movie quote?
“Put the bunny back in the box” Nic Cage in what can only be described as the best movie of all time Con Air. This is not up for debate it’s just a fact.
Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
Rolly the chubby little puppy from 101 Dalmatians. All he wants to do is eat and nap-same Rolly, same!