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Improv

Ten years ago I took my first improv class with Monkeytoast and since then I’ve gone on to perform in numerous improv and comedy nights, on the West End, throughout the UK and in theatres and festivals internationally. I have performed with improv luminaries from the Comedy Store (in The Actors Nightmare), with geniuses from Die Nasty (in the London 50 hour Improvathon) and with all manner of up and coming young things – young in improv terms being 30. I’ve collaborated with a South Korean Theatre Company in the development of their own improvised musical (with Showstoppers), I’ve taught improv to Acting students in the UK (at ALRA, GSA and The Bridge), I regularly teach adults at Hoopla Impro School and recently was honoured to coach the ensemble team at Edinburgh’s first International Improv Festival.

You can read more about my improv journey here, or listen to me chat about all things improv here.

These Folk

These Folk is an improvised, musical, mythical folk tale made up on the spot by myself and Justin Brett & accompanied by Rosie Bergonzi on percussion and Curtis Volp on guitar. We had our debut performance in Rome as guests at the Welcome Festival of Improvisation where we told a tale of underwater adventure, inspired by an audience member’s washing machine.  Our most recent show took place at The Boulevard Theatre to a sold out very happy crowd where we uncovered the tale of the hand made bag and the trip to Pride.

Inspired by audience suggestions and accompanied by the very best improvisational musicians, we weave a folk tale as old as time and as new as the moment it was created in. Heartfelt, funny and packed full of songs, These Folk are coming soon to a theatre near you…

Click the photo to watch a short trailer.

‘These Folk is that rare combo of beautiful and funny. I laughed, I cried, and I walked away completely inspired’ 

(Kevin John Gillese, former Artistic Director of Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. USA)

Showstopper!

I have been a member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical since 2013 and have performed with the company throughout the UK, in our first ever West End run (for which we also won an Olivier Award), in our current West End monthly residency at the Lyric Theatre, in Europe, Canada and beyond. At every performance we make up a musical completely from scratch (including the melodies, harmonies, lyrics and choreography) inspired by audience suggestions. It is a huge challenge and a lot of fun to watch us strive to achieve the impossible! If you like musicals you’ll enjoy our improvised homages and if you don’t like musicals you’ll love the comedy, the characterisation, the incredible skills of our musicians and the story.

Oh and if you have any suggestions of albums I can listen to which are not musicals then please for the love of God let me know because currently my phone consists entirely of musical theatre songs and there’s only so many times I can listen to Dear Evan Hansen. Thank you.

Beings

Myself and Andrew Gentilli are a duo who improvise fun, surreal and physical shows with lots of big characters, accompanied by Dylan Buckle on music. Recently we have performed at Komedia (Brighton), in Nottingham Comedy Festival and in Birmingham Improv Festival. We are atmospheric and theatrical so feel as at home in a theatre as we do in a comedy club. Andrew is a man of a million voices and I am a woman of quite a few characters, so between us we can also offer accompanying workshops specialising in characterisation, impressions and accents. But performing is what we love to do most of all. Our shows are always daft, sometimes dark and occasionally beautiful.

‘Some of the best character improvisers in the country.  It’s a joy to watch’ – Steve Roe, Hoopla Impro