A new year means there are lots of new and exciting shows, music, albums, comedy and much around the corner and we have an exciting month for you! In true Phoenix Remix tradition we are chatting to lots of different acts all about what they have in store for 2022. Today we talk to the improv troupe Cambridge Impronauts who are ready to do more shows!
Hello Cambridge Impronauts tell us all about your improv troupe?
Hello Phoenix Remix! The Cambridge Impronauts are one of a number of lovely Improv troupes in the beautiful English city. Our members are a mixture of students and other adults from the area. We train at least once a week during term time, and sometimes during the holidays, too. We do both short-form and long-form shows as well as running Open Workshops to share improv with the Cambridge public, and recruit new members.
How did your troupe come about?
We appear to be the oldest of the troupes here, having been founded by some students in 2003 under the name “Improvised Comedy Entertainment”. In August 2012 the then members changed the name to “The Cambridge Impronauts”. The name was drawn from a “Jason and the Argonauts” themed show, but they went for an Astronaut style logo… don’t ask me, Improvisers be weird like that.
How did you get into improv?
Hi, my name’s Damian and I’m one of the committee members at the moment. I had my first taster of Improvisation in one of the free open workshops run by the Impronauts back in 2016. I’d been encouraged to have a go at it by a relative who does some Improv in the US. It was good fun, very friendly, and I kept coming back! A couple of years later (I’m a slow learner) they invited me to join the troupe as a performer. I’m an engineer in my day-job and have really enjoyed having this creative outlet.
What are your plans improv wise for 2022?
We’ve already got shows booked for next term – our signature “Quickfire!” in the bar of the ADC Theatre, and a series of reality-tv inspired “Keeping up with the Kimprov”. It’s been a couple of years since we were able to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe so we will be looking to wow the crowds there, again.
What other improv acts are you looking forward to seeing perform online or in person to this year?
Dogface Improv in Norwich did some really creative online shows last year, and it would be great to see them keep that going. We’ve had a great time doing online rehearsals with a few other troupes: Warwick Improvised Theatre Society, Glossop Improv, Taubenhaucher to name a few and it would be neat to do that some more. It would be great to meet up with Sex, Lies and Improvisation again, as they’re amazing. And all the other Cambridge Troupes, of course.
What styles do you hope to see more of in improv this year?
New formats and techniques. All that zoomprov really shook things up and made people reconsider how to tell stories. Coming out of lockdown, we did a show in the theatre, BREAKING, which interleaved live action by performers in the room, and a projector with live video feed to another improviser who was in Oxford at the time. We saw The Maydays were working on a show using VR. Let’s have more innovation!
What improv troupe is your one to watch in 2022 and why?
That’s really tough, but the pedigree of the people in MatesImprov is astounding, so we’re hoping they’ll perform near us! All three have trained us in the past – they really know what makes a story, how to bring the funny, and they can create some drama when needed.
Do you have any new years resolutions? If so what are they?
More new members! More chances for learners to try performance! Keep supporting each other off-stage!
Are you on social media? If so how can people find out more about your troupe?
@impronauts (facebook, twitter, Instagram)
Three words why people should come and see you this year?
We miss you!
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The movie or television show you are looking forward to seeing this year?
No idea – but I think Equus is coming to the ADC Theatre in Cambridge and I’d like to see that again.
Your favourite book?
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
My bedroom – it’s been years but I’m soooo lazy
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Where would you love to go on holiday this year?
What is your favourite quote from a television show?
Who is your favourite film character and why?
Amelie – heart, brains, imagination