Welcome to 2021 and all this month we are celebrating acts, websites, content, musicians and everything in between that you should be looking out for this year! Today we talk to Sekki all about Glossop Improv, a tram that is located in the town in the Peak District.
Hello Glossop Improv tell us all about your improv troupe?
We are a merry little band of improvisers from all walks of life in a town called Glossop. It is part of the Peak District and lies somewhere between Manchester City and the Snake Pass.
How did your troupe come about?
The two co-founders, Jess and Sekki, met at the local theatre called the Partington Players. As they got to work on further productions, they discovered two very important things: each other’s great love for improv, and the fact that neither of them drives a car. The idea of providing an accessible, regular improv meet-up appealed a lot after they discussed this.
How did you all get into improv?
Our members live in and around a small town called Glossop which is half an hour away from Manchester City in the UK. Starting an improv group where members wouldn’t need to make their way into the big city and then travel back all the way home to access improv was a good way to start something both creative and supportive in the community.
What makes you unique to other improv acts out there?
Our group sessions are facilitated not just by the group’s founders Jess and Sekki, but basically anyone in the group who would like to try out some games and activities that they would like to share with the group. This opportunity gives the group a more collective atmosphere where ownership and empowerment are shared amongst the members.
What are your plans improv wise for 2021?
We want to continue being a haven for improvisers on a Friday for as long as possible. We are keen on putting on shows that tie in with our town’s local theatre events, which we were able to do prior to the first lockdown this year. We also now know that we can put on online live shows as well as the previous onstage ones.
What other improv acts are you looking forward to seeing perform online or in person to this year?
We are big fans of quite a few groups that are all online because we have had the pleasure of reaching out and exploring their work. We admire, promote and follow the likes of HUGE Theatre, Casino Improv and The Improv Boost. We gravitate towards improvisers that nurture both creativity and understanding, as well as fun and laughter. We also keep a close eye on many individual improvisers with amazing and inspirational techniques that make them unique and welcoming.
What styles do you hope to see more of in improv this year?
We are keen to spread the aspects of improv that encourage, support and include. This can be tricky in a world where performances are often connected to the pressure of being high energy and funny. Glossop Improv wants to be a haven for those who simply want to find a shared space of imagination and acceptance more than anything else, where everyone’s creativity is rewarded with joy and appreciation, no matter what energy level the improviser brings to the table.
Do you have any improv new years resolutions? If so what are they?
We hope to make more friends and see them at our Friday sessions (whether this be online or in real life later on), explore the world of improvisers online, watch amazing shows from our new friends online, and learn techniques that make the art easier to wield for everyone in the group!
Are you on social media? If so how can people find out more about your troupe?
Yes we are—we are Glossop Improv on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glossopimprov
Send us a message there, and join us if you can on a Friday evening on Zoom!
Three words why Glossop Improv are going to rock 2021?
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Roasted crickets in Cyprus
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
David Attenborough – ahh, to be able to go to all of those places, learn AND share all of that information (and get the funding to be able to do it!)..!
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
The stunning vista of Glossop’s moors and craggy beauty
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
This changes often, but this week it is: whimsy
Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog
Who is your comedy hero and why?
Colin Mochrie – sheer creativity and generosity, PLUS he has performance limitations in music/accents and yet manages to make them all an endearingly hilarious quality that feeds into the strength of his own style.
What is your favourite movie quote?
This changes a lot because I have seen a gazillion films, but here’s one from Blade Runner:
“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain” – an apt description of the fleeting beauty of improv gold that cannot be replicated once the scene is finished
Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
Carl Fredricksen from the film “Up” – I like to think that no matter how old I get, I can go on loads of adventures with my friends and stay young at heart and hold on to good memories of beloved people I have lost.