It's a great family night out. There were kids and nannas and people from all ages in between. I don't think there was swearing or explicit sex references. That's important to me if I'm taking the kids.
Teams of clever actors are randomly selected and after each performance, the audience rate the performers by clapping. As the night progresses, the lower scoring clapometer performers are eliminated, leaving one proud performer.
David (on the left), if only I was 20 years younger
I recognised some of the perfomers and have a secret love for David Massingham. I was stunned when not everyone gave him a clap worth 5 marks. His performance tonight of the elderly brother fighting for his money was my favorite. I must admit I am also duly impressed when a brief by the directors and a title from the audience 'crocodile' was converted into a song.
I assume there were some regulars there because when the audience was asked for a title and I was sifting through (very few) ideas, when someone yelled out 'Loving in the wild, wild west.' To my great surprise, the couple converted this into a performance with hilarious twists.
To mix it up, the show had variety in skits. One was where the performers had to perform three roles at once - this was met with loud applause. There was a rapid round when the performance was played three times and each was half as short as the last. One couple had to perform silently. I think this was the most difficult.
There are a lot of support people to make this show happen: the MC, scorer, directors, musician, lighting and sound support. A keyboard player provides the background music for the onstage action. This can transform a scene completely. The amount of people in the audience may have just outnumbered the Maestro crew. If I couldn't see it in the performances, I'd hazard a guess they are not in it for the money.
What could possibly happen when a cobbler turns into a social media guru
No matter how many times I go to impro, the talent of the performers never ceases to amaze me. How they convert one idea, a genre and work together to create original comedic performances is absolutely beyond me. However, if you are a budding improv performer, you might want to try their Maestro Impro workshops. These include: spontaneity, character development and scene work.