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Joy in my heart

I have a bounce in my step, a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I am still living last night, and improv with Joe Bill. Thank you Joe, Tracey, Konrad, Justine and all the other lovely and warm things who came and allowed us to make magic (and weirdness) up.

Improv Explosion – Double Bill

IMG_3481Not gonna lie, after 24 years of improvising it is hard to get my people freshly excited about something I am doing. I keep having fun though, almost every week of my life, but self promotion is becoming more and more of a challenge. My Facebook friends are sick of the weekly invites to our Monday night shows, and I don’t blame them, it is every single Monday night after all.

However, in two weeks’ time, on Monday the 12 October, I am involved in some improv that I can’t help shouting about, from the rooftops (or at least from my blog, and social media).

At 730pm we (Improguise) will be performing some as yet undecided format with our great friend, mentor, magician and master of improv, Chicago based Joe Bill, who is visiting our shores again. But that’s not all. At 9pm Joe Bill and I will be performing an improv duo, because we are completely desperate to be on stage, making stuff up, just the two of us. Honestly, Joe Bill is my wet dream of an improv partner and I can’t believe my fantasy is coming true.

Now, here’s the thing. I have no idea how to tell all of you how amazing this is going to be, or why it would be terrible to miss it. I don’t know what to do to convince you that this is going to be the real (made up) deal.

So I am going to tell you the details, and you can just go ahead and book, ok?

Monday 12 October, Galloway Theatre @The Waterfront Theatre School, 730pm and 9pm

Tickets are R60 per show, or R100 for both. I promise. No strings attached. Ridiculous.

Call, sms or WhatsApp our booking line 0729393351 to book, and spread the word please.

PS. Joe Bill will also be doing one of his amazing improv classes, on Wed 14 October but places are limited so contact to book your spot.

A breath of fresh improv

Chicago improv veteran Joe Bill has been with us these last ten days, running workshops, classes and playing with us. What an amazing treat, on every level, but for me in a very particular way. Because I started our group almost 20 years ago I am by far the oldest, and have seen people come and go. This means that even when I am not the boss, I am, and I very seldom get told what to do. Having Joe there to be in the instructor position has meant that I could just play, and be naughty and risky and properly spontaneous (not that I don’t strive for that always) and also, I can be part of the group in a completely different way.

Joe has also taught us two new forms of long form improv; BAT (one of his own wicked inventions), and Harold, a famous format played all over the improv world with the usual success and failure that comes with long form Harold.

Last night we played a short TheatreSports show and then did a baby (short) Harold to the delight of our audience who screamed for an encore when we were done. How cool is that?

I love playing TheatreSports in the school hols because we have full houses, and last night’s was exactly that. So; a great team, hilarious games and stories, delicious Joe Bill, a great full house and that special magic satisfaction that comes from making it up as you go along made for a great night.

Thanks Joe Bill.

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