This month we are celebrating comedy and the act at the forefront is improv act Swipe Right. This year they were meant to be performing their very first Camden Fringe as well as holding their annual Summer Fling extravaganza but due to the pandemic that has been put on hold. So to make up for not being able to perform we decided to interview them to find out all about the act! So we have a huge interview with the troupe going out this month! As well as an interview we are also speaking to the players individually to find out all about them! Today we are talking to Robin!
PLAYER PROFILE – ROBIN
Hello how long have you been improvising?
Hello! 5-6 years.
How did you get into improv?
Through a course at the Spontaneity Shop in 2014, after seeing Austentatious above The Wheatsheaf pub in London the year before and thinking ‘what the hell is this, I must have more of this’.
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
Unafraid to go anywhere and always thinking about emotional connection, because that live sense of emotional adventure is the point of improv, at least to me. It’s what improv is really good at.
What is your favourite warm up game?
Bunny Bunny because it’s just so full of energy and madness. It really gets you looking at each other and going ‘come on then!’. My least favourite (although you didn’t ask this question) is Hot Spot, because of the expectation that people have of making clever connections between the song lyrics. I’m happy enough to play it as long as I can just make up anything I like and sing it with commitment, but that doesn’t always feel like it’s in the playing of the game. I sometimes feel that people think you’re doing it wrong, which is just not the point of any exercise like that to me. It feels very exclusive and, while I stress that this is my problem, I’ve played it enough times now to just think ‘yeah, that’s not for me’. If I were more musically knowledgeable it might be a different story.
Favourite short form game?
Pan Left because I used to hate it and then I realised what a good framework it was for training so many different things in improv. I was at a jam at the Miller one night and I just suddenly went ‘oh wow’.
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
Like the silence and look for what’s in it.
Press the button.
Hold on tightly, let go lightly.
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
Track 96 and Blueberry pop instantly into my head, because they’re so bold in different ways. I also really liked The Descendants’ radio play approach to lockdown improv. I think pushing the pure audio side is interesting because it feels like something that doesn’t have the spotlight in live improv, and it was nice to just hear the words and let them create an image.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
Prone to sudden and sustained emotional outbursts and with a tendency to climb on chairs and/or be an animal.
Describe each Swipe Right member in one word
Rosie – powerful
Andy – polished
Carly – multiple Pokemo