On the 10 March,The Phoenix Remix is returning to Hoopla Impro, The Miller, London Bridge and over the next week we sit down with some of the acts that are performing at the show to find out more about them and what they have in store for the audience. Today we talk to troupe Canterbury Improv.
Hello tell us about your troupe and three unknown facts!
Canterbury improv is a training ground for new improvisers in Kent. Alex and I have been working together since 2016 and have three hidden secrets to share. 1) Alex is so cool, Nintendo begged him to work for them last (academic) year; 2) Nathan is such a loser that when watching Blade Runner and the new one, he disengaged and didn’t like the classic film; and 3) they both are massive idiots that can spend way too long in bits, to the detriment of their health.
You are performing at Phoenix Remix Live how are you feeling about it?
We are very much looking forward to it. It’ll be an immense pleasure and we are overjoyed to be able to play in it. The line-up is so good, we shall have to refocus from watching for when we play. We just think slow down, you’re gonna crash, baby you were screamin’, it’s a blast, blast, blast… because it will be; we shall need to enjoy ourselves with refinement and balance!
What do you have in store for the audience as part of your set?
Hooray! The youth of tomorrow will grow (most likely) and become our future. Presently, we are not growing (most definitely). Growth, progress, development… all topics for exploration in this deeply, seriously silly and sillily serious theatre production. This is a look at the future, a look at what youth may think, want and may get in the years to come. In this discussion, provocation and comedic theatrical experience, Canterbury Improv offers you insight into people via you, us and the hypothetical.
Why did you decide to do the show?
Theatre, be it comedic or not, has to involve some proclivity for change or message, so this is an exploration of the future. Oscar Wilde commented on the middle class directly to them, 12th century jesters reflected the state of the nation to the crown, and we will endeavour to form dialogue on youth and the future… through our stupidity and theatre.
What are some of your favourite parts of the Phoenix Remix website and why?
We like all of Phoenix, but the interviews and shows of the week, as well as the reviews, especially; they all allow people to get to hear what is going on around the UK. Phoenix Remix is a hub for improv, and other art forms, but the first is the one of interest for now. It connects people and widens the community. Improv is a world-wide family, but at points we do not know or feel that. Many people around the UK do improv, and Phoenix Remix helps them to rise up, rise unafraid, rise up and do it a thousand times again.
This months show is all about the future, technology and space. What would be your dream gadget that you are still waiting to be invented?
All these old films looking at the future suggest we should have flying cars by now… why do we not have flying cars!!!? The automobile industry is holding out on us, with their self-drive, fully electric, silent death traps. We want to drive on the roads of clouds, people! The roads of the fluffy, cotton clouds.
The show is also raising money for the Douglas Bader Foundation – why should people donate?
This charity is a worthy cause, as they “…advance and promote the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of persons who are born without or have lost one or more limbs, or otherwise physically disabled.” People are our future, I think someone once said. If we teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside, which is the spiritual side of the charity… let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be. We are all children to the future. Let’s have a better future with more laughter and well-being.
if people want to find out more about you where can they find you on social media?
Finally in three Words why people should come to phoenix remix Live?
Future mirth promised