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An Improvised Wes Anderson Film

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"Samson Gideon liked to build snowmen"

^^If that line is what brought you here, I suggest you stay a while ...

I saw An Improvised Wes Anderson Film last Friday night and was still laughing on my way out the door.

For those unfamiliar with his work, Wes Anderson is an American director, producer, actor, and screenwriter, whose films (think The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox) are known for their idiosyncratic characters, scripts, stories, and even their distinctive filming angles.

Improv Melbourne,An Improvised Wes Anderson Film,Improv Conspiracy Theatre,Alex Chilton,Zoe Gough,Mario Hannah,Shane Henry,Tiana Hogben,Carla Scotto,Alexis Watt,Jenni Townsend,
"Did you scare away your mother? And your sister? AND THAT DRIFTER!?

The story centres around the Gideon family, which the audience is introduced to as the kind of zany characters one would unexpectedly expect from Anderson:

Gideon, Samson's adoptive father - 'no first name' - enjoys practising his manly pacing (he's going to break the world record, didn't you know?

His mother, also no first name, watches this in-between stitches as she knits scarves, for poor children, in hot climates ...

Their other two children spend their time keeping records for fun and crushing on private tutors.

Then there's the former World Darts Champion turned stone-throwing drifter, but I'll leave you guessing on that one.

Given their dysfunctionalities, is it at all possible the Gideon's could ever live happily ever after? Apparently, it depends on the size of the shed.


One of the main similarities I found between the show and the movies was the way the intricate storylines of each character were underlyingly woven into the overarching plot.

Whether or not you're a huge Wes Anderson fan, the show isn't too esoteric. It's simply hilarious - and I'm not just talking 'ha ha' funny here; the improvisational talents of the cast come complete with a slow-motion fight scene - this show is laughing-too-hard-to-apologise-for-kicking-the-seat-in-front-of-you funny (sorry, to the blonde-haired lady in the second row).

Five stars from me, for an improv show that you don't need a drink to enjoy.

An Improvised Wes Anderson Film runs until Friday, Jan 19th, at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre. Get your tickets here or at the door.

Cast: Alex Chilton, Zoe Gough, Mario Hannah, Shane Henry, Tiana Hogben, Carla Scotto, and Alexis Watt.

Directed by: Jenni Townsend
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*Gerii Caulfield was invited as a guest
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When: January 5th, 13th, and 19th from 7:00pm
Where: 19 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Cost: $10 each
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