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 Nottingham based improv troupe The Vortex to find out what they have in store…
Time Slot: 10:35pm
Day: Saturday 27th April
Hello guys! How did you come up with the name of your show?
We are The Vortex, an all female improv troupe from Nottingham. When we were still nameless we went to a show by Major Labia, an amazing comedy collective made up of some super awesome ladies, that referenced a vortex. We were so taken with the show (and struggling to settle on anything else!) that The Vortex just kind of stuck!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Our improv comes from a place of normalcy, the everyday routines that somehow just end up very wonky. We like to focus on relationships and how emotions can evolve. But, the Vortex can take us anywhere and it often does!
What will your set be about?
We will be asking for suggestions of something that has been lost to the Vortex, or that you would like to send to the Vortex. Is it never to be seen again, or could you be reunited? Who knows?! We certainly don’t!
Your troupe is from Nottingham in the UK – what is the Improv scene like there?
Nottingham has quite a scene, led by MissImp, who celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. Being one of their house teams mean we are involved with a lot of the Nottingham nights, including regular appearances at the monthly Smash night, and their female only workshops and shownights.
We also have the Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience (NICE) as well as a thriving uni society… we really are blessed with improv in Nottingham!
What have been some of your favourite improv shows you have been a part of to date and why?
We hosted an all female identifying night last year featuring the excellent Squidheart from Birmingham and an all female identifying jam at the end that was so much fun!
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given about Improv and why?
Have fun. It sounds straightforward, but if you’re not having a good time on stage, there are actually a lot of things you can do to move the scene into something that you do enjoy. Find a game within the scene, dig deeper into your character – it improves the scene, and you get a lot more out of it yourself.
What are the things you are looking forward to most about the Hoopla Festival?
All the workshops and opportunities to learn from other improvisers! Seeing how others approach scenes and taking away lots of inspiration is one of the great things of large gatherings like Hoopla!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Search @thevorteximprov and you shall find!
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