Summer may be coming to an end but that does not mean that the improv party stops! Swipe Right Impro are taking over Hoopla Impro at The Miller this weekend with one big summer part starring a variety of different improv talent. I caught up with Swipe Right to find out all about it.
Swipe Right Summer Fling
Date: Saturday 31st August
Location: Hoopla at the Miller
Hello Swipre Right! Tell us all about who you all are?
Hello! We are Carly Brazier, Rosie Ferguson, Andy Rouse and Robin Wiggs.
How did your troupe form?
So Rosie and Robin met doing courses at the Spontaneity Shop in 2014 (along with other past Swipers) then we met Carly in 2015 through the Nursery drop ins, and then Andy when Rosie was doing Open Roads at the Camden Fringe last year.
How did you come up with the name of your troupe?
Originally we were thinking about doing a dating show, so Swipe Right felt good for that, then that dating show never happened but we liked the name, so kept it and retroactively justified it as a more forceful way of saying ‘yes, and’.
How did the show come about?
Our current show How To Be Human came about through a mix of things, including playing around with an emotion wheel in rehearsal and Carly saying on the group WhatsApp that she’d forgotten how to be human, and wanted an induction into it; we liked the sound of that, and set about turning it into a show.
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?
So it’s our third annual Summer Fling, which we’re very excited about, and we’ve got a real mix of improv. There’s short form from Punderstandably, musical improv from Velociraptor, improvised bingo from Derek’s Mojo, a music quiz with prizes – that’s not improvised, that bit, except who gets the prizes – and our show, How To Be Human.
How did you get into improv?
Robin: I saw Austentatious upstairs at the Wheatsheaf in 2013 and it blew my socks off. Then I read Keith Johnstone’s Impro, which had a similar impact, then I ended up taking courses.
Andy: Long story short, it was a dare. And I can’t say no (hello, boys).
Carly: Did I get into improv, or did improv get into me?
Rosie: I wanted to do something creative but I didn’t want any homework.
It is a new season of improv what are you most looking forward to seeing?
There are some shows I haven’t seen before at Hoopla that I’m excited to see (Tight Rope, Speechless) plus the Nursery are putting on a double bill of Happily Never After and Impromptu Shakespeare on Sept 14 which sounds really cool.
How do you warm up before a show?
Four way Dutch clapping has long become a fixture, although it has also become a running joke that Rosie likes it much more than anyone else. But I’m not sure if that’s true.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@swiperightimpro on twitter
@swiperightimprov on Instagram
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Big summer show!