For June we are very excited to be able to go behind the scenes of Cambridge’s oldest Improv troupe, the group is a mixture of university students and members of the community. This month we talk to members of the troupe all about how they prepare for shows, stories from the stage and even get to speak to some of the troupes one on one to find out a bit more about them! This week we are talking to different members of Cambridge Impronauts to find out more about them.
Player Profile – Sarah
Hello Sarah how long have you been improvising?
Hello! I have been improvising for a bit over a year now.
How did you get into improv?
A few of my friends would attend the Impronauts Open Workshops and always had a great time. I tagged along one day because I thought it would help me improve at the role-play side of Dungeons and Dragons. Even though I was super nervous (I hadn’t really done any theatre before) everybody there was so supportive I kept coming back for more!
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
Quickfire, because if one game isn’t working for you there are plenty of other opportunities.
What is your favourite warm up game?
Jump and justify! Difficult over Zoom, but it does help you loosen up physically as well as mentally.
Favourite short form game?
Conference, because it’s both stressful and rewarding to puzzle stuff out on stage.
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
1) If you’re stuck, go for something wild. This can be a statement (“A potato killed my grandmother”) or something physical – if you lunge onto one knee at the start of a scene, it gives you and your scene partners something to work with.
2) Less talking, more doing. We don’t want to hear your plans to raid the temple, we want to see the raid in action.
3) “Yes, and” your fellow improvisors. Don’t try to retcon something they’ve said – roll with it!
In no more than 5 words, what advice would you give them?
Be silly – no one minds.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
The dafter the better!