Monday, 10 December 2012
A motley crew of performers, scientists and scifi geeks joined forces in Adelaide Fringe 2013 to test a world premiere improvisational theatre format.
It went well, according to this punter at least.
Performers improvised with science/technology/scifi suggestions from the audience. Our resident scientists gave green cards if stories were within the realms of possibility, or red cards if far beyond it. Scientific plausibility was tempered by comedic potential.
We only did one show and one workshop this season - it was a pilot project after all. The workshop involved 15-odd people, ideal for impro, and the show sold out. That was pleasantly surprising.
Our science panellists for Adelaide Fringe 2013, selected for a potent combination of knowledge and comic potential, were David Beattie, Craig Cormick, Alan Duffy and Delphine Fleury.
Eden Trebilco was workshop leader and one of the performers. Cobi Smith was creator, producer and a fellow performer. The other performers were Sean Elliott, Lisa Bailey and the digitally elusive Noah Tavor.
Science impro is an open idea that emerged as a tangent from Cobi's PhD research. She publicly introduced the idea in London in May 2012. Impro ACT hosted an experimental workshop in January 2013 that went swimmingly, with invaluable discussion and feedback from participants that informed the first show.
The pilot show happened, as we've established, in February 2013 in the Adelaide Fringe and now... well. Try it if you like. It's fun. People said they learnt things, some said it even changed their feelings. We'll probably try it again next year. You're welcome to as well - it's an open idea after all.
The Fringe 2013 experiment was supported by:
Posted by cobi at 21:57