Improv

The Show To See At The Weekend – INTERVIEW – Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones, Hivemind

It is nearly the weekend and you want something interesting and different to do, well why not head to the Museum of Comedy in Leicester Square this Friday night for something that is a little bit special. Hivemind’s show starts at 7pm and is all about an original fantasy tale of blood and wine, honour and treachery, fellowships and actual ships — a tale that has never been told before, and will never be told again. I caught up with troupe member Alex to find out all about it!

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

We’re a bunch of recent Cambridge grads (mostly) living in London (mostly). We work hard (mostly) at our day jobs in software (mostly) so getting (mostly) together once a week to jam together is the perfect way to relax (mostly). We’ve been performing once a month (mostly) in London for the past two years.

So, why fantasy?

5/7 of us are huge Lord of the Rings / Game of Thrones fans, and the other 2 have been dragged along for the ride. Fantasy is so full of big, bold themes and characters that it’s a neverending source of original material that still feels familiar.

How did the show come about?

We began at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, and after the run were still having so much fun that we continued in London. Every show is so different, with totally unpredictable storylines, settings, and themes, that we don’t want to stop!

What is your favourite character in Lord of the Rings and why?

Gollum. He has a single clear goal and he spends every day working as hard as he can to achieve that goal. We can all learn a lot from Gollum.

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

We love longform (i.e. full-length) narrative (i.e. with a complete story) improv. Basically, improv that’s closest to the kinds of films and books we all love. 

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

We’re going back to the Edinburgh Fringe for our third year, this time with an unprecedented three shows a day! As well as fantasy, we’re doing an action-packed superhero show and Playlight Robbery, where we steal flyers from other shows and put those shows on.

What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe themselves?
It’s the cheapest hobby in London! All you need is a room big enough to fit you all in, and you can run workshops. Theatre spaces like Hoopla!, Duck Duck Goose, The Nursery, and C3? are always happy to book new troupes too!

What is the best thing about a night at Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones for the audience?

You’re seeing an entirely original comedy every time, so the one-liners and magic moments you see will never be repeated!

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

www.facebook.com/hivemindimprov

@hivemindimprov

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

Original unrepeatable laughs…

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