For this weeks show of the week we are heading up to Nottingham for a very special event. MisssImp is holding their show Consenting Partners which is an evening celebrating all things twoprov! Throughout the week we will have interviews with a number of the acts so keep an eye out. The show takes place at Nonsuch Studios at 7.30pm on the 18th May. Today we talk to Emily Brady all about it to find out more.
Hello tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
Hello! So I am Emily Brady, and I’m one of the Directors of a Nottingham based improv company called MissImp. We’re putting on our Consenting Partners show, which is all about showcasing different two-provs. There are six different pairings for this show!
How did the show come about?
Honestly I don’t know how the Consenting Partners format came about! It’s been run in the past at all sorts of locations around Nottingham. Funnily enough it was the first show I saw in Nottingham that made me want to get back into improv way back in 2016. When we got offered the chance to do a couple of shows at NonSuch, which is a brand new and very exciting theatre space in Nottingham, we knew this was one we had to do!
How did your troupe form?
MissImp itself formed just over twenty years ago in Nottingham and has been going strong ever since! The six teams in tonight’s show have a variety of origin stories, which I’m sure you’ll hear about in the days to come…
Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?
There are six twoprovs who will be bringing their own unique pairing to the NonSuch stage! I don’t want to give too much away, but I’d say this is our most varied Consenting Partners show yet with everything from heartbreaking realism to musical to dinosaurs!
What improv styles do you want to see more of this year and why?
Honestly I think any improv style is valid – I just want to see more more more!
What festivals are you guys planning on heading to this year?
MissImp will be running a stage at the Nottingham Comedy Festival in November, and you may see some of our house teams performing out and about.
It is the month of May – What festivals are you most looking forward to this summer and why?
I’d love to get down to the Brighton Fringe – there’s some fantastic improv there such as Do The Thing and The Maydays! I’d also love to get up to Edinburgh like the tourist I am.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe themselves?
Do it! Don’t put pressure on yourself to succeed right out the gate – work at a pace that works for your team!
What is the best thing about a night for the audience?
A night of improv can NEVER be repeated or explained to anyone else who wasn’t there – it’s a real lightening in a bottle moment every time!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
MissImp is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – just search @missimp
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Titillatingly talented twoprovs!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m honestly so awful when it comes to trying new food… probably goat pie.
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
I should like to be a rich criminal who I could transfer all my money to charity (and perhaps a bit to me) and then turn myself in one minute before I go back to my own life.
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
A picture of my mums cats for her as a gift.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Iris by the Goo Goo Dools. The ANGST of it.
Who is your comedy hero and why?
Colin Mochrie. He’s just a class act.
What is your favourite movie quote?
“I said I wasn’t going to lose my head but then Pop goes my heart” – Hugh Grant, Music and Lyrics. 10/10.
Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
Still gotta be Lisa Simpson – smart funny and unapologetically dorky!