For July we are very excited to be able to go behind the scenes of the new improv team on the block, Don’t Mess. Don’t Mess is a global all women and non-binary improv team and their shows explore the world of zoom meetings because who knew there could be so much fun that could be created from this world! All this week we are getting to meet a different member of the team, today we talk to Brenna.
Player Profile – Brenna
Hello Brenna how long have you been improvising?
How did you get into improv?
I always wanted to try it, and I started because I needed a method of exposure therapy to be able to leave the house.
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
I really like long form narrative and dramatic improv.
Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?
Sarah Davies, Karla Dingle, Fiona Howat, Simone Ellul and Llaura Hughes (and MJ Kang). I’m not stroking their egos (I kind of am) but honestly, I work with my favorite improvisers. Don’t Mess is my favorite team I’m a part of and it’s entirely down to them.
What is your favourite warm up game?
Favourite short form game?
Sex with me is like
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
The audience is incredibly intelligent, and you should always play with that in mind.
Listen to the bony finger of beckoning.
Listen to your tummy
In no more than 5 words, what advice would you give them?
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
The Unwatchables (Bat team) I find that their use of zoom and the Bat form is done really well, I’m always impressed by how well they work together.
Velvet Wells because his ability with musical improv is so impressively effortless. He’s so talented.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
Emotionally driven, somewhat whimsical maybe? I try to be grounded, but I’ve often been told I notice the unusual and make unique connections, so I try to embrace that.
Describe each member of Don’t Mess in one word