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by Kiesten McCauley (subscribe)
My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
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Disgusting Improvised Tales for Kids and Adults
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Improvised Tales for the Young and Young at Heart. Photo by Images by Anderson.

What do you get if you cross the stories of Roald Dahl, with Tony Robinson's Tales from Fat Tulip's Garden and Rik Mayall's Grim Tales? The answer is Gruesome Yarns, the family-friendly improvised comedy event on for two shows only during this year's Wonderland Festival. The Centre Court at Brisbane's Powerhouse at New Farm will come alive with laughter and appropriately, wonder, on Saturdays 26th November and 3rd December, as Brisbane's best improvised comedy troupe ImproMafia take audiences on a magical journey.

Amy Currie, show creator and ImproMafia Artistic Director says, "We're looking forward to playing out a series of invented stories made up from the audience's suggestions, and I'm hoping I get to play a really, really nasty baddie at some point."

Improvised shows are such a thrill to attend, as Amy mentioned, the talented troupe of Brisbane's funniest improvisers will be making up the show completely on the spot from ideas from audience members. That means every show is surprising, thrilling, and most of all, unique. Such a dynamic and enjoyable art form as improvisation lends itself very well to children's entertainment.

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See Some of Brisbane's Funniest Improvisers on Stage. Photo by Images by Anderson.

"Performing impro is such good fun," Amy enthuses, "When a scene goes well, I feel like I'm six again putting on a weird and wonderful show in the garage starring my little brother and the dog (20 cents admission, please, Mum).

"Impro for kids seems a really natural fit. Who knows, perhaps 2030's best impro comedian will be in the audience."

ImproMafia has been making adult audiences laugh in Brisbane for over a decade. They're experts at inventing improbably imaginative plots, crazy characters and clever twists in their tales. While Gruesome Yarns promises to be child-friendly, there will be plenty in there for the adults as well.

"I adore fantastical storytelling that relishes the gory details," Amy says, "As a kid, I loved pantos and theatre visits, and nothing annoyed me more that grownups who didn't pull faces and do the voices when reading a book. We want to really throw ourselves in to whatever characters we discover during the show - dignity be damned!"

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ImproMafia's David Massingham Commits to Character. Photo by Images by Anderson.

Gruesome Yarns is appropriate for all ages, but kids between 4 and 10 will find it particularly good fun.

Saturday, 26 November 3:30pm
Saturday, 3 December 3.30pm
Tickets $20/$15 plus booking fee*
Click here to buy tickets or learn more.

All photos courtesy of ImproMafia and Images by Anderson.

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Why? Treat the Family to a Fun Afternoon's Entertainment
When: 3.30PM SAT 26 NOVEMBER & SAT 03 DECEMBER, 2016
Phone: 0402 149 875
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: Full $20, Concession $15 Plus Booking Fee
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Thanks Kiesten, great article. Will have to take the grandchildren.
by cheri (score: 1|16) 1292 days ago
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