Hello! Tell us about The Improvised Play?
The improvised play is a theatrical improv company. Every year we choose a different playwright to improvise in the style of, to focus our work and our enquiries into what an improvised play could look like.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
It’s a tribute to the Caryl Churchill play, “Love and Information”, which is an unstructured play in the form of 50 scenes that can be played in any order.
Tell us all about your show!
Connected and heartfelt, revolutionary and irreverent, the Improvised Play is always of its time. Like the works of Caryl Churchill, we break and remake our format every night. Anything is possible, but we guarantee you’ll be surprised, provoked, and moved. We’ve chosen to emulate Caryl Churchill because we’re impressed by her honesty, her flexibility, her quiet genius and her revolutionary spirit. We hope her influence will shine through our work.
Improvisational theatre is live theatre in its truest form; alive, flexible, reactionary. Love and Misinformation is one of London’s most invigorating theatre productions. It’s a living, breathing tribute to Caryl Churchill, and to British theatre. It’s of its time in a way few other plays can be.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I love getting to see friend’s shows; it makes fringe feel like a big summer camp.
Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.
Yes! I think pacing yourself is a good tip, and if possible scheduling yourself so that any one company member can take a day off without the show suffering.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
The audience suggestion we ask for is always an issue that’s close to people’s hearts. My favourite shows are when this resonates with the cast; the visceral response makes the show that extra bit more firey.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
I really loved Katy Schutte’s Let’s Summon Demons. It’s not a comedy show per se, though was funny in places, but I loved it because it was genre-bending; a bit comedy, a bit horror, a bit socially aware. I always love shows that are based on personal stories, too, which this was.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Go where the wind takes you! You’ll never manage to see everything you want to, so plan the big shows and follow your feet everywhere else.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
A water bottle, comfy shoes, more money than you think you’ll need
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
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?
To be moved.