Over the last nine weeks anyone peeking through the windows of the Castel Douzaine room may have been intrigued by the guffaws and antics taking place because Guernsey Improbables have been running their ‘Improvise your joy back!’ course. As one of the participants Diana Hurwitz put it, ‘Every class has been an uproariously good time as we all play improv games together, letting loose and laughing.’
Another participant Kaelan Le Page said, ‘Over the last couple of months, I have well and truly improvised my joy back. I cannot wait to showcase our newly found skills to an auidience next week! It’s a real buzz knowing the laughter we’ve had over previous weeks will now be shared outside of the classroom.’
To round off the end of such a successful course, twelve of the graduates of the course will be joined on stage by Improv veterans Sarah Hansmann and Oliver Bailey-Davies in a showcase performance. The two professional performers will be leading teams of improvisers in a series of ‘competitive’ theatre games, creating scenes using suggestions from the audience. Joined, too, by local award-winning composer Lydia Jane Pugh, who will be creating a soundtrack to the evenings sketches as they happen and adding her musical flare to the made-up mayhem.
Sarah, who has been running the course, had this to say about the upcoming showcase, ‘There’s always so much positivity that comes out of these courses, but the next step really is to perform it for an audience. For the performers, they’ve been immersed in this joyful experience and performing it with direct feedback from an audience is truly special. For the audience, it’s different to any other theatre because they have control as it is based on their suggestions. You could see a Game of Thrones type drama, set in a bank with a retired ormer farmer, the possibilities are endless. At the end of the evening they have had a unique experience which will never be repeated’
The showcase takes place at the Princess royal Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday the 23rd of March, 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 available onlinewww.guernseytickets.gg or by calling the box office on 01481 229999.