INTERVIEW: Forming An Improv Troupe Via Lockdown

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 Boat Club Improv – an improv team that was actually created due to lockdown!

Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!

Ahoy! We are Boat Club! An improv team created from the Corona Virus lockdown! We’re based in Bristol, Canterbury, and Sheffield! It stars John Gallagher Portero, Tom Pullen, and Joe Raczka.

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

We film an improv show every week. We take three suggestions and we do some scenes.

What times does it run throughout the day?

18:30 every Monday on our Youtube Channel.

How much does it cost , what platform etc?

Only on Youtube and it only costs your attention for 45 minutes.

How was the project formed?

Three old uni friends reunited on Skype to chat during the crisis. They reminisced about their performance days and realised they still “had it”. So now they perform on Youtube, making each other laugh and creating new sketches every week. 

How has it been going so far?

Pretty well. It’s nice to get together once a week.

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

With a severe lack of social interaction, doing this once a week has been wonderful. Three friends, getting together, laughing. It’s inspirational. We hope that others will follow in our footsteps.

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

We upload episodes every week, so expect more of those. More scenes, more comedy, maybe guests???

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

Boat Club Improv on Facebook and Youtube

Finally why should people get invovled?

We’d definitely recommend you hook up with your teammates and perform online. It might not be super encouraging doing it infront of a screen, but it’s the best we have. Even just to screw around for an hour or two, it’s great to keep in contact with others.

Also, get involved by watching our videos. All those Youtube likes will hopefully accumulate to something good

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