Tonight saw the start of Prognosis: Death! - Impro Mafia's newest, bloodiest, and quite possibly best show yet.
This is a fully improvised play, which is quite a feat. Much of the improvised comedy that's seen on TV and on the stage consists of short scenes between one to five minutes long. Certainly "short-form" impro has been our mainstay for years.
Tonight, we made up a play that came in at around one hour - two 30-minute halves. Not only did it make sense (in its own weird and wonderful way), but it had great live music, great recorded music, a giant LolCat, Vampire Kittehs, surgery with real organs - and fake blood. Lots of fake blood!
I'm so proud of Impro Mafia and all the company's achieved in the past year. As far as I can work out, this is the FIRST time in Brisbane a fully improvised play has been staged. To be doing it well, in front of a large receptive crowd who seemed to adore our schlocky antics is fantastic.
We've still got FIVE more performances to go: we're running Friday 23 and Saturday 24, then Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January. Tickets are just $15 adults, $10 concession. We've had a couple of kids around 10 years old in the audience; and the show's about a PG rating, so if your kids like silly fake operations and the odd swear word, then chances are they might also enjoy Prognosis: Death!
A big thank you to the talented and dedicated cast: Dave, Mike, Luke, Wade, Dan and Amy; our stunningly brilliant musician Kris; our fabulous and mop-handy crew Tiffany, Sarah and Mia; all at the Brisbane Arts Theatre for their support; the audience for coming and laughing; and a big special thank you to The Wah, for getting his shirt off and directing his heart out (although technically it's an ox heart).
I can't wait to see how the next five shows go - although the Sapphic Mafia that is the crew (who will also be crewing Felafel and seem quite happy with my new nickname for them) has requested more cleavage from my nurse character.
Sigh. I suffer for my art, I really do. Ziiiiiipppp.....