The Christmas Shows – INTERVIEW – Swipe Right

With Christmas just around the corner many improv groups are celebrating the festive season by performing special themed shows! This month we are talking to acts who are celebrating the season in style! Today we speak to Swipe Right about their very festive show in early January.

Swipe Right Winter Wonderland

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Date: Saturday 4th January

Location: The Miller London Bridge

Price: Free

Time: 8pm

Ticket Linkhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swipe-rights-winter-wonderland-tickets-80218478629

 


 

Hello guys tell us all about your troupe?

 

Hi Holly! We’re Andy, Carly, Robin and Rosie of Swipe Right and we’ve been performing around London since 2016. Our current show is called How To Be Human, and it’s a journey into all corners of a single emotion, led by a fearless team of Humanity Consultants. But which emotion? Come find out on the night…

What is the show that you are bringing to the stage in this Festive season?

 

It’s our Winter Wonderland, which will be a mix of improv, stand-up and prizes to be won in our music quiz. The stand-up comes from Kayleigh Cassidy (“the right amount of mental”), the improv from Do The Right Scene (“fast paced and funny”), from Dingbats (Judi Dench: “hilarious”), and from our show How To Be Human. We’re excited about all of it and there are more details about each act on the Facebook event/ticket link below.

Will there be a bit of festivity in your show?

 

We’re on January 4th which is definitely the tail end of the season, but that seems all the more reason to make it an island of festive joy – with mince pies and tinsel and a bit of cosy wintery music. And comedy, of course. And prizes. Prizes feel festive – they may even be wrapped. Come find out!

What are your favourite things about the festive season and why?

 

Robin: For me it’s the way everything stops. There’s a bubble around Christmas that shouldn’t be pricked in a way there nearly is but not quite around Easter. I like that bubble to extend around Winter Wonderland, like the USS Enterprise extending its shields.
Rosie: Coming in from the cold to somewhere cosy, singing All I Want for Christmas Is You and drinking mulled wine.
Carly: Getting drunk with reindeers.
Andy: (tumbleweeds)

What advice would you give for people performing around the festive season – is it important to drop a Christmas related theme into it?

 

If you want to do it, do it.
What is the best thing about a night at your show for the audience?
We put a lot of effort into making everyone feel welcome and hopefully that comes across. We’ve done a few of these nights now and we want them to feel good for everyone; we also want to put on a range of acts to show people what improv can do without getting all in their faces about it. And there’s the prizes, too, in the music quiz – those are usually quite good and the quiz itself is fun.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

What is YOUR favourite show you have done this year and why?

Our Summer Fling at the end of August, as it was the first time we’d run a full night at the Miller and everyone seemed to have a nice time, and that’s always the best reward for organising a night. It was a good turn out, too, so that was pleasing.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Big lovely time.

CHRISTMAS QUICK FIRE ROUND

For this years Christmas Quick fire I am going to give you a handful of song titles and film titles related to the season and I want you to tell me the first improv scenario that comes to your brain and what you would do with this suggestion?
(Please note: the majority of these come from Andy.)
The Snowman
The_Snowman_poster(Suggestion inspired by this 1978 book)
This could be one of those legal thrillers, like “The Pelican Brief” or any John Grisham.
Run Ruldoplh Run

(Suggestion inspired by this 1958 song)

Forrest Gump with a deer.
I Won’t be Home For Christmas

(Suggestion inspired by this 2001 song)
A conversation between an inmate and their partner with the telephones and glass between them.
Step Into Christmas

 

(Suggestion inspired by this 1973 song)
Aerobic class. Xmas theme. Everybody is full of turkey and nauseous.
Trading Places

220px-Trading_Places(Suggestion inspired by this 1983 film)
Home makeover show. This has no Xmas meaning to me at all.
The Year Without Santa Claus
santa claus year(Suggestion inspired by this 2006 film)
For 364 days of the year, LITERALLY nothing is different.
 Little Drummer Boy

 

(Suggestion inspired by this 1958 song)
During the school Nativity, one boy’s obsession playing the drums leads his schoolmates to consider him irritating.
12 Dates Of Christmas
12DatesOfChristmas(Suggestion inspired by this 2011 film)
A lonely mouse celebrates the festive period by dressing up a collection of dried fruits and having a dinner party with them.
A Winters Tale
winters-tale(Suggestion inspired by this 2011 film)
A possessive apostrophe goes missing.
Christmas Tree

 

(Suggestion inspired by this 2008 song)

A grove far away from people, where Christmas trees live on their own terms and raise families, undecorated and free.

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