It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about TheatreSports (it seems I’ve been actually doing it more, with these little filmed bits of improvised nonsense), but last night I had the perfect chance to properly watch a show because I did door and lights. What a great way to get a sense of how it is for an audience. (I must remind all the experienced players to do lights every now and then for that very reason.)
Anyway, watching a show the way an audience does reminded me how brilliant the whole TheatreSports thing is. Obviously we are critical of ourselves and each other (and we have detailed and serious notes sessions after each show), but the truth is, when there are a bunch of improvisers on stage in front of an audience a series of tiny theatrical miracles happen. And what makes it even more special is that these moments will never be repeated. They are proper once off little gems. Sometimes the moment is a character; a clever, unusual, interesting somebody, made up in that instant. Sometimes it is the meeting between two of these characters. Sometimes it is a song, a line of dialogue, a ‘super save’ by a player with a brilliant idea brought to a sinking ship of a scene. Sometimes it is something so funny that nobody can keep a straight face. Often it is the sheer enjoyment of the thing by players and audience alike.
I don’t like TheatreSports. I love it.