Hoopla’s UK & Ireland Improv Festival – INTERVIEW – Jess’s’s’s

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 two girls called Jess with a hell of a lot of S who are from America that met in Dublin



Time Slot: 9:30pm
Day: Saturday 27th April

Hello There! Tell us about your troupe and the name of your set!
We are the Jess’s’s’s: Jessica and Jessamyn, from two parts of America. We met in Ireland and have been performing together for the last 3 years! And our show is called ‘Poetic Jesstice’. We perform long-form musical theatrical two-prov.
How did you come up with the name of your show?
We love rhyming and telling stories and making up songs/poems/new words/worlds/flerbs, so for our show we take an audience suggestion and improvise a poem from it that can then serve as inspiration for an improvised play. We also like puns.


Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
We like doing improv that feels authentic and loving, with characters who connect. We’ve been called ‘joyful’ and we like that! But there’s also only two of us, so that means a lot of multi-tasking as performers, and a lot of trust in each other to build each show.
What will your set be about?
About 30 minutes! (dad joke) Obviously it will depend on the suggestion we get, but recently after shows people have told us that we’re ‘always adorable to watch’ and that our characters ‘are always trying to come closer to each other’, so maybe it will be about that? Maybe it won’t. We also like to be animals who sing. Anything’s possible.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
We are big fans of the Maydays, who we saw on our first day at the Edinburgh Fringe! We’re also excited to see Music Box, and we never get tired of seeing our Irish friends in Auto-Correct.
You are based in Dublin – what is the Improv scene like there?
We’ve both been involved in improv in Dublin for close to 5 years and the scene has grown quite a lot! In many ways improv in Ireland is still developing roots, but the number of groups and opportunities for performance have grown exponentially due to The Tightrope, Dublin’s twice-a-week community-led improv night.
What have been some of your favourite improv shows you have been a part of to date and why?
 We’ve had the great fortune of being invited up to Belfast, and we performed in the first Belfast Improv Festival. We had a particularly fun scene which we know as “Wuz being the operative bear.” With a little bit of word play and theatricality, we experienced a breakup and the formation of a new relationship between Sandra and Wuz, a bear surgeon.
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given about Improv and why?
“Even if you’re playing people who fight, there must be a reason that they’re still in the scene together.” This is what we try to bring to all of our shows. We try really hard to find the empathetic, loving, and redeeming qualities of all characters, even the monster or evil witch.
What are the things you are looking forward to most about the Hoopla Festival?
Can we just say all the things? Like, actually. All the things.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We’re on facebook at Jesssssimprov and on twitter @jesssssimprov. (Our name started as a joke and now we have committed to 5 s’s, you know how it is. Your hand has 5 fingers and we want to slap them with our own 5 fingers)
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
For more information of to buy tickets to the Hoopla UK and Ireland Impro Festival then click the link here 

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