Hello! Tell us about Spontaneous Theatre?
We are a company of actors who improvise, and the majority of our productions feature an audience member in a lead role. Our shows have structure, and lots of room to improvise!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
We take one fella from the audience on a blind date – it seemed obvious.
Tell us all about your show!
One willing gentleman is chosen from the audience to go on a blind date with Mimi (a very sexy french lady). The show runs roughly 90 minutes. We start in a cafe, what unfolds is different night to night, depending on the ‘date’. One of the hallmarks of our work is taking excellent care of our audience volunteer. We want them to have a nice time, and to walk away with a story to tell. We never make jokes at their expense.
This is our first time in Edinburgh – though we’ve been touring Blind Date for 10 years, and have done over 800 performances across Canada, parts of the US, off-Broadway, and in London, UK. There’s also now a Norwegian Blind Date company in Oslo!
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.
First time in Edinburgh, though our entire company has been to various Canadian Fringes over the years.
We are very excited about the #womenoffringe hashtag – female driven productions are banning together to cross-promote and support each other’s work.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Huge fan of Show Stopping Number from London. Brilliant improvisers!
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
I’ve been on tour teaching, and performing…then I broke my foot…so I’ve mostly been in bed listening to my bones knit. No comedy there, but a lot of wallowing.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Stay hydrated! Pace yourself!
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Reusable water bottle, a rain cape, and a sense of adventure.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Make eye contact, be friendly. Ask people to photograph your flyer, rather than waste paper.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Anyone that I’d also want to have a pint with.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
blinddateonstage works to find us on Twitter, instagram and facebook
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Snog. A. Clown.