A GROUP called Shetland Improv has announced a new show from comedy troupe The Imposters in Lerwick on Thursday 19 May.
The improvisational group was formed last year by comedian Marjolein Robertson, who is performing at the Edinburgh Festival in August, to help raise the profile of live comedy in the islands.
The graduates of the first series of workshop, as The Imposters comedy troupe, have already performed to great acclaim at the Lerwick Legion before an audience of over 100, and a successful appearance at the annual Stand Up-Helly-Aa show back in January.
Working with no scripts, props or ideas, The Imposters take suggestions from the audience and improvise sketches and games around them. Nothing is predictable – everything happens on the fly, and that means never a dull moment.
The Imposters are comprised of Les Sinclair, Ashley Tulloch, Willem Cluness, Alex Garrick-Wright, Matthew Simpson, Paul Sansom, and Thomas Jones, compered and barely controlled by Robertson, who studied improv comedy in New York and at the UCB.
“The turnout at our first show in January far exceeded our expectations,” she said. “We were so happy with the audience’s reactions and the night as a whole.
“I believe it really highlighted the want for more comedy within Shetland – something we are pleased there’s a hunger for and hope to cater to more in future.”
The Imposters Improv Show takes place at the Lerwick Legion on Thursday 19 May with doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. There is no entry fee but donations will be accepted on the door, and organisers recommend arriving in good time to get a seat near to the action.
Marjolein added that, due to the show’s unpredictability and the inability to censor performers who are “literally making it up as they go along”, parental discretion is heavily advised and no guarantee can be made that the material will be suitable for under 18s: “In fact, guarantees can probably be made that the material will be wildly unsuitable for under 18s!”
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