This weekend is the first ever Hoopla UK and Ireland Improv Festival where 18 acts from all across the country are heading down to the Miller at London Bridge to perform at this very exciting event! Over the week we are going to be interviewing some of the acts that are set to perform! I sat down with the extremely talented improv Troupe that many aspire to be, The Maydays, to find out all about the show they are bringing to Hoopla Fest.
Time Slot: 7pm
Day: Friday 26th April
Hello There! Tell us about your troupe and the name of your set?
We are The Maydays. We’ve been doing all kinds of improv shows since 2004. The name of our festival show is Happily Never After.
How did you come up with the name of your show?
It’s a take on Tim Burton, the Brothers Grimm and other dark tales, so the title evokes fairy tales but also horror and doom!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
The Maydays do a wide variety of improvisation, but this show is a narrative tale with extraordinary characters and songs.
What will your set be about?
We don’t yet know what it will be about, but there’s nearly always some death.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
Honestly, we’re excited about the whole line-up, but we love The Committee, Hoopla Players and the Jess’s’s’s very much.
What have been some of your favourite improv shows you have been a part of to date and why?
Gosh, that’s a big question. The Maydays are fortunate enough to tour around Europe regularly and we adore playing our show in big, beautiful theatres with an improv-nerd crowd. We’ve had great shows in Athens, Barcelona, Bydgoszcz, Bucharest and more. We’ve also had some of our best shows at The Maydays Retreat and Intensive festivals in Dorset. Perhaps because when we’re at festivals we’re spending all our time together and we’re more in tune.
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given about Improv and why?
Later in most people’s improv journeys they often get a bit too serious about it. Of course the shows matter, but the reason we do them in the first place is because they’re fun and because people enjoy watching the fun.
What are the things you are looking forward to most about the Hoopla Festival?
Not only the shows (above) but it’s always great when our community comes together to celebrate and partay.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Scary. Musical. Horror.
For more information of to buy tickets to the Hoopla UK and Ireland Impro Festival then click the link here