Hello! Tell us about The Silliad?
We’re Zack, James, Alex & Hannah, and The Silliad: Improvised Myths & Legends is a fun-filled frenzy of myth and mystery, where Horrible Histories meets Clash of the Titans meets Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
ZACK: I came up with the name first, and thought it’d be a good title for an improv mythology show. We were looking at all kinds of ideas, but mythology is the one we all had a stake in (and the tiniest bit of expertise).
Tell us all about your show!
We improvise an entirely new myth based on audience suggestions, and the best part is that the audience gets to choose if it’s a Greek, Norse or Egyptian myth. It’s different every time!
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
HANNAH: Paul Currie! I love Paul Currie.
ZACK: I can’t believe ‘Vampire Hospital Waiting Room’ is back at the fringe this year. It’s a cult classic.
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.
Make sure you take time to relax and disconnect from all the madness of the fringe. It can get overwhelming sometimes, and if you go full throttle 24/7 your show will suffer as a result.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
We’ve had an Egyptian myth about a flirty grandma, a Norse myth about a bungee cord made of cheese strings, and loads more. We’ve just been down to Brighton Fringe and had an amazing time, even though the black shipping container we performed in was an oven. Hopefully The Caves will be better ventilated!
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Since there are only three of us on stage, we have to multi-role a lot. In our debut show, Zack was tasked with killing a character he was playing. The answer? Just rock up on stage and announce “I did it! I killed Zeus!” It’s now an immortal line for us.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
We’ve loved Jake Donaldson’s stand up show, ‘Help! I’m Trapped in the Body of an Adequate Comedian’ which he brought to the fringe last year and has since taken on tour. We’re looking forward to his next show, ‘Jake Donaldson Fights the Sea’ and you should too!
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Take a shower.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Talk to people! Try to summarise the appeal of your show in five words. If you can’t, you might have to rethink your show.
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?
We’re everywhere @thesilliad. We’ll be posting loads of content in the run-up to the fringe, so get involved! We love hearing from audiences and fellow performers.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
JAMES: No Boris Johnson.
ZACK: Well, we’ll see…