Improv

Rhiannon Jenkins Month – INTERVIEW – Getting Ready For A Show

If you are part of the improv scene around London then you may already know the name Rhiannon Jenkins as she is part of Acaprov, The Ol BIl, Eggplant Improv and even used to be part of the Improbotics. She also teaches some great courses including The Vocal Technique Course and Nursery on Death, Dying, and Bereavement for The Nursery. This week talk about preparing for shows both online and in real life.

 What three things are you looking forward to about performing in an improv show? 

Touching people, eye contact, physical silliness

What have been some of your favourite moments on stage? 

All the moments where I was genuinely surprised. 

What have been some of the worst and why?

 The ones where I got in my head and didn’t listen to my friends. 

For new improvisers, what would your key bit of advice be? 

Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t go to for advice. Keep doing things that aren’t improv! 

What have been some of the best suggestions that you have been given in a show and why?

 I do a fair few formats without suggestions, but I really enjoyed the suggestion we had for an Acaprov show in Brighton where we cocked up the name of the town (one of those tiny ones between Brighton and London) that someone had given us. 

What is your favourite warm up game? 

I love a bit of mindmeld, or bunny bunny. Online, I really love obstacles: just getting everyone. “running” from something, and then people just shout out “obstacles” you have to avoid. Super silly. Love it. 

How do you warm up before a show?  

Usually I’d do a bit of physical warm-up, some vocal warm-up, and some connection exercises with the other players.

How do you wind down?

 Socialise and have some beers! 

Do you have any pre-show rituals if so, what are they? 

Not particularly.

Have any of your warmups changed since performing online?

 Well, circle games require an extra step to make sure you know who you’re passing to. And obviously touchy warm-ups are out. 

Describe the feeling you get when you host a show and people specifically turn up to see you? 

Ooh, amazing! It’s hard not to freak out a little though, as that feels quite pressurising too! 

I love a bit of mindmeld, or bunny bunny. Online, I really love obstacles: just getting everyone. “running” from something, and then people just shout out “obstacles” you have to avoid. Super silly. Love it. 

Rhiannon Jenkins

What other improv groups are you a fan of and why?

Ah! too many!
I adore p-graph; their ability to reinvent what they do again and again, and their connection to each other as a team is SO profound. They floor me.

What would you like to see happen to comedy in the next 10 years?

 I’d really like it if we could stop promoting abusers. The fact that Thomas Middleditch is currently one of the big spokespersons for Improv in the mainstream is a crying shame. 

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