Casino Improv Presents: ACAPROV
Date: Friday 18th October
Location: The Theatre,The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan,WN1 1NA
Hello tell us all about who you all are and three unknown facts about your troupe!
We are Casino Improv, a North West based improv group who are currently creating new work and formats.
1. In our earliest incarnation we performed and rehearsed in a converted mortuary.
2. We once performed improvised Greek Tragedy at The Manchester Royal Exchange
3. We use candles in the show that will eventfully have to be replaced because our less mature cast members keep scratching rude things into the wax.
How did your troupe form?
Like all good superheroes there are many origin stories for Casino.The first incarnation was created as a training group for interested people to come along and see what improv could do for them. The current incarnation came about with the creation of The Old Courts in Wigan, a new arts centre, who very kindly approached us and offered us a space to play in.
How did you come up with the name of your troupe? Was it difficult?
The name almost came before the company! Wigan Casino was a very famous nightclub back in the seventies and eighties, the birth place of Northern Soul and the Wigan All-Nighters… It no longer exists as a place but the people of Wigan are very proud of it as a cultural icon. Also the wider use of the word Casino as something high stakes, risky, random and fun meant it was the perfect name for us… Our logo (created for us by our very talented member Peter Kennedy) also contains several nods to the original Wigan Casino’s style and branding.
How did the show come about?
We have two monthly shows at The Old Courts in Wigan. One is a cabaret that we host called The Something New Show on the third Thursday of every month and the other is a completely improvised evening with special guests and is on the first Thursday of every month. As our audience is growing we are adding more special one off shows when the opportunity presents itself. Luckily we were approached by Acaprov to double bill with them so we’re really excited to share the stage with an incredibly talented cast.
How did you get into improv?
Everyone through different paths, some of us were members of another local group, some were at Drama School (both teaching and learning).
Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?
Acaprov are coming from London to Wigan to improvise a musical. We’re sort of lucky in that there has been no Improv before in Wigan so having such a dope company join us up here will be a real treat. Casino will be double billing alongside with an adapted version of our new Podcast (out in October) called The Invocation. This is a comedy/horror format that we have been working on for some months now.
As a special treat, Lisa Lynn of Acaprov will be running a musical improv workshop for us as part of their visit which is on Sunday the 20th of October. Tickets for this are £15.00 and also available on Eventbrite:
It is the month of October, the month of halloween! What is the scariest suggestion you have been given on stage and why?
Apron… We couldn’t do the game for laughing at the fact that someone suggested Apron for an improvised Horror show… And that we had taken that suggestion.
How do you warm up before a show?
We generally chat and find out where we all are that day, without planning it we have a great emphasis on each others well being as people and find that touching Base in this way is just as important (if not more so) than a few rounds of zip zap boing. Also we do a short physical and vocal warm up, concentrating especially on articulation and rhythm. We usually finish off with some sort of group mind exercise.
What have been some of the best suggestions that you have been given in a show and why?
Our audience have come up with some really beautiful objects, we’ve had “empty photo frame”, “Glass jar” and “fountain pen”.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@casinoimprov On Facebook and @CasinoImprov Twitter & Instagram
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
laughter and songs!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What makes your smile?
A swift & accurate high five
What is your biggest strength as an improviser?
We had created some really convincing scenes and let the plot chill for a bit. Everyone onstage will focus on holding and seeing real things around them.
Are you a dog or cat person?
What is the most delightful suggestion for a scene you can think of?
Somebody just did a really big burp once and we took it because it was oddly charming.
If you had to have a tattoo to represent improv what would you have and why?
a single chair
Who is your improv hero and why?
*general arguing ensues among Casino*
What is the last thing you liked on social media?
A post by Liz Climo with new illustrations
Something on your bucket list?
to recreate the breakfast machine scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.