When did you first start improvising?
I first started improvising during Fringe 2012, when I attended a Jenny Wynter workshop at the Box Factory. I hadn’t done anything for about 10 years before that, since Year 11 at school, and Will Snow convinced me to go along. I owe him. After that, I was hooked and did the Beginner’s course with Eugene in April 2012.
What if anything hooked you and kept you coming back for more?
It was a variety of things – the fun of learning new skills, the risk every scene had (and still has) in it, the ability to do something that made me laugh for an hour or two a week and the experience of meeting a diverse group of people who mostly only had improv in common.
What if any improvisation moment for you was your most favourite? And perhaps too you least?
My favourite moment when performing was doing a ‘Kiss or Kill’ scene with Mel (*she may feel entirely differently about this) at Clash, and it was the first time when I’ve done a full four minute scene where I felt like I was completely on the same wavelength as the other performer on stage for the whole time. Mel and I both kept adding to the scene and to the tension and for me, it felt like the most ‘complete’ scene I’ve been a part of. I can’t even remember what our score was, but I do remember having a ‘hey, that worked!’ moment. Oh, and Mel’s a great kisser.
My least favourite is the reverse of my favourite – I did one particular scene last year where I felt like I was bashing my head against a wall for the entire scene.
The three performers on stage (me included) just weren’t anywhere near the same wavelength and it was the most forced and least enjoyable scene I’ve been in. It did get laughs from people watching and may have looked funny, but I did toy with the idea of having my character kill himself just to get out of the scene.