INTERVIEW: Virtual Weekly Drop In With Improv Gym

With the difficult times we are facing at the moment, it is the perfect time to try something new whilst you are forced to stay indoors and over the next couple of weeks we are interviewing acts that are putting on everything from projects to lessons. Today, we are talking to a Sarah Davies and Jason Delplanque who run Improv Gym in Folkstone, Kent. They are currently holding free onine drop in classes, I spoke with Sarah to find out all about them.

 


Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!

We’re Sarah Davies and Jason Delplanque, and between us we’ve performed and taught nationally and internationally (including with The Maydays – Jason, Improbotics, City Impro, Plus Support and Twinprov – Sarah) and perform together as Gym Pass.

We run run Improv Gym, usually resident at The Quarterhouse Theatre in Folkestone, Kent. We teach weekly improv drop ins, as well as occasional masterclasses and longform courses, and run jams!

Our focus is on fun and inclusivity, and bringing the finest in improv to our beloved Kent!

 

 

Tell us all about the project that you are bringing to the online world at the moment?

This is a virtual version of our popular weekly drop in, suitable for all levels! We revisit improv basics, as well as introduce exciting games and exercises, and play with a whole host of new and experimental online forms too (including our patented ‘Grunty McGruntface!’ ).

 

 

 

What times does it run throughout the day?

Tuesdays, 7.00pm – 8.15pm BST.

 

 

How much does it cost , what platform etc?

It is free and always will be, as we want to keep our online drop ins as accessible and open to all as possible! However we do accept (completely non obligatory!) donations via the ‘buymeacoffee’ site! Details upon booking! Sessions are run on Zoom, with all the silliness and creativity that the platform brings!

 

 

How was the project formed?

Following requests from our drop in regulars! We’d been training/performing loads online and were eager to try it out – so we did!

 

 

How has it been going so far?

So well! The creativity and scope for learning online is mind blowing, and the feeling of wellbeing and joy afterwards (for us AND for the improvisers!) is really tangible!

 

 

With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?

As performers we really need to keep connected; we are so used to the community and camaraderie that improv brings, and although this is virtual right now, it’s still hugely valuable! It’s also precious escapism, an hour and a bit where we can leave some of the worries of the current situation behind!

 

 

What can people expect over the next few weeks from your project?

We’ll keep going with drop ins as long as there is an appetite for it/this situation continues, and are also discussing hosting an online jam!

 

 

If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?

Go to our Facebook page (@improvgym) as this is where we announce the weekly class and how to book (you can only book after that is released each week as we have to keep it strictly first come first served! 😉). We’re also on :

Twitter: @improvgym

Insta: @improvgymteam

 

 

Finally why should people get involved?

It’s an incredibly friendly, diverse and creative space, where you can really experiment and play!

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