by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Birmingham Improv Festival: Day 1
I think the most surprising thing to me was discovering that this is only the 2nd Birmingham Improv Festival. I feel like its something that should be cemented into Birmingham culture and this year the slogan is “Bigger, Better and Brummier” I wasn’t even sure that Brummier is a word. But I guess so.
It was my first time visiting the Blue Orange Theatre, a lovely intimate venue in Birmingham’s HISTORIC Jewellery Quarter.
We were treated to three improv groups. The first was Jumprov who describe themselves as “The UK’s First Diverse Improv Theatre Company” Led by Sunny Dhap. Based in Birmingham this group played out their session as a series of games for us to shout themes out for. My favourite of these games was a Punjabi translation service with Chantal Erraoui providing the English translation.
The second group were Fat Penguin Improv. Usually based in Moseley, this improv group jump cut into a series on seemingly unconnected scenes which begin to fuse together. There was plenty of sexual exploration as they explored relationships chasing your dreams. Special shoutout my fellow Brum Radio presenter Tom Clabon who avoided looking traumatised when he spotted me on the 4th row. Tom took on the role of Sharron in the Fat Penguin Improv.
Thirdly, Rhymes Against Humanity took a journey from Nottingham to bring us their own improv musical. The audience were invited to place musical titles in a hat and then one was picked out for creation.
Blasted by the A/C became a story of a Polar Bear leaving the north or south pole (There were penguins in the background so I’m not sure how lost he was already) and the Polar Bear hid himself in human culture only to invade an air conditioning business where unrequited love and a simple code were all the tools needed to create this fully fledged musical. Oh and chair stamping.
#BrumHour chatted to Birmingham Improv Festival’s Jon Trevor on Brum Radio. You can hear the interview here from 43:55
Birmingham Improv Festival continues all this week until Sunday 29th October there’s daily events to check out from LoveHard’s stripped out storytelling on Friday 27th Oct to Murder, She Didn’t Write where you become the author.
Take a look at the website here: birminghamimprovfestival.com
#BrumHour was invited by M Seven PR on behalf of Birmingham Improv Festival to Blue Orange Theatre didn’t pay for tickets or a lovely interval drink from the bar. #BrumHour walked to the venue from the bus stop and ran back to the bus stop in case I missed the bus back. This isn’t a sponsored post.