INTERVIEW: HELL YEAH! At 96 Festival From Home

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 Monica Gaga about a show she is part of tomorrow night called Hell Yeah which she is producing!

Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Monica Gaga, an improviser, performer, facilitator, youth worker and the proud producer of HELL YEAH!

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

HELL YEAH! is an all female line-up of London’s hottest queer improv talent. It’s a fully improvised show of laughs, laments, chaos and calm. Our cast features Katy Schutte, Laura Evelyn, Rosie Bergonzi, Kemah Bob, Francesca Renee Reid, Sadie Clarke and myself. We are the first in a weekend line-up of online Pride events hosted by the 96 Festival From Home.

When is it happening?

Friday 26th June at 7.30pm.

How much does it cost , what platform etc?

You can catch HELL YEAH! kick off the 96 Festival From Home for live on the Omnibus YouTube channel. Donations welcome.

How was the project formed?

I was connected with the Omnibus Theatre by Vera Chok and they extended the opportunity to create something for the 96 Festival. This sparked me to reach out to the cast of kick-ass queer improvisers and a put together an all female ensemble. I was inspired by the feeling I had being involved with ‘The Playground,’ an all female improv night hosted by Breaking and Entering. I wanted to translate the energy of an all female cast of inspiring improvisers to this project. So big love to those that inspired me and the Omnibus for giving us the space and freedom to create.

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

The future at times seems uncertain, or at least nothing like we imagined it would be, so being able to see that people are still creating and looking to share joy is so important for improv and the arts. For the cast, they do it out of love for improv. I am so lucky to have been able to gather these powerhouses together.

What can people expect in the future from HELL YEAH!?

More shows and more opportunities to showcase the current and up and coming queer excellence in improv.

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

Catch us on Instagram and Twitter @HellYeahTheShow

Finally, why should people get involved?

Come for the laughs. Come for a great night in. Come to show some love and support for a cast that are kicking ass in their fields and acting to inspire a more diverse future in improv, comedy and the arts.

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