Megan Furniss

Megan Furniss interviews herself about her upcoming improv performances with ImproGuise at the Alexander Bar on the 3, 4 and 5 August at 7pm.

Megan:

So, you’ve been doing this improv thing for a while now.

Megan:

I know; I started performing TheatreSports with the Market Theatre Lab in 1993, before coming down to Cape Town to start my own team, and I’ve been improvising ever since. That’s 24 years of improv and still going strong.

Megan:

TheatreSports. Can you sum it up?

Megan:

Sure. TheatreSports is competitive short form improv games, with teams and judges and suggestions from the audience.

Megan:

Sounds like fun.

Megan:

It is, but it isn’t the only form of improv out there. We have been performing all sorts of different formats for a while now. And this short run at the Alexander Bar is going to be three nights of pretty exciting formats, including one that has never been performed in front of an audience before.

Megan:

Tell us about the different nights.

Megan:

On Thursday 3 August we’ll be doing a format I invented called The Chair. We will get an audience member (or celebrity) to come up and, based on a word from the audience, they will riff on it in a short monologue of thoughts generated by the word. We will use this monologue as the inspiration for the scenes that we will perform for the evening.

Our second format is one created by Tandi Buchan. It’s called Little Space Between. This is improv that allows us to explore more intimate relationships and content without the pressure of being funny all the time, but not excluding the possibility of hilarity.

Finally, on Saturday 5 August we will be taking a huge leap into the unknown with a format called On The Couch, created by Leon Clingman. This is improvised therapy, right there, in front of a live audience.

Megan:

Wow. That’s quite a lot to get your head around.

Megan:

Lucky we don’t have anything to prepare!

Megan:

This is not the first short run of shows at the Alexander Bar?

Megan:

Yes, we have shifted from doing a weekly performance to doing these little runs of ‘Pop Up’ improv, giving our audiences a taste of something new and exciting. We are also going to be performing two night of musical based improv at The Galloway Theatre in mid-August. That will be two totally different offerings too.

Megan:

Can’t wait.

Megan:

Me neither.

What: Pop Up improv

Where: Alexander Bar

When: 3, 4 and 5 August at 7pm

How much: R90 or R80 online

To book: Alexander Bar

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