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 Plus Support about returning to their favourite venues and preparing for more shows.
Hello Plus Support, tell us all about your improv troupe?
Plus Support was co-created by Paul Little and Sarah Davies in 2018, and features us plus special guests in the show concept Plus Support presents [Town To Be Confirmed]. The show is set in a fictional town just like the one we so happen to be in, and in the past year has popped up in Brighton, Faversham Fringe and Canterbury Festival Fringe.
How did your troupe come about?
We decided to get a group of playful improvisers together to experiment with ideas and forms, and it grew from there. Then we went to the pub and got drunk and came up with the name.
How did you get into improv?
PAUL – I attended a Duck Duck Goose (DDG) improv jam at the Effra Social Club, Brixton, in 2016. After the show Vic Hogg, who was hosting, said why don’t I come back and perform in the jam. And the next time I came back, I did. And I continued to do so.
SARAH – I went along to Improv Gym in Kent (also in 2016) and very quickly got hooked, training at The Nursery, festivals and residentials, and then ended up running Improv Gym, because I’m so eager!
What are your plans improv wise for 2022?
SARAH – I’d really like to extend and develop our Plus Support show format, taking it out to even more places, and to continue to seek out opportunities to perform. I’m also deeply embedded in the online improv world, so am excited to develop my work with The Global Improv Project and Don’t Mess too.
PAUL – My plans are to perform improv regularly again. Before the pandemic I was performing or rehearsing 2 to 3 times a week; that was reduced by the pandemic in 2020; this year I was extremely lucky that that increased somewhat, but I’m hoping in 2022 it returns to something like those pre-pandemic levels.
What other improv acts are you looking forward to seeing perform online or in person to this year?
PAUL – I’m looking forward to DDG returning to live in-person shows. I’m a big fan of DDG because, as I mentioned, I started out there. I’m very, very pleased they found a new home. I will be attending one of their shows in 2022 as soon as I can. And at that DDG show I’ll be happy to see any and all styles of improv after the last two years of not seeing much improv at all. And when that happens, I’ll be in a better position to let you know which improv groups will be the ones to watch in 2022.
SARAH – as Paul says, I’m very excited too to see the return of DDG. I’m also hoping to be part of the Edinburgh international Improv festival in February. I love watching all forms of improv, but the more experimental and creative ones in particular! Online I’m excited by the work being produced by Improv College, Improv Comedy Bangalore and Extreme Improv in particular.
Do you have any new years resolutions? If so what are they?
PAUL – Nope. Not yet.
SARAH – to help Paul to find a New Year’s resolution.
Are you on social media? If so how can people find out more about your troupe?
@plusprov on facebook
@PlusProv on twitter
@plusprov on Instagram
Three words why people should come and see you this year?
Matching maroon outfits.