This evening saw the first ImproMafia Sunday night show at the Brisbane Arts Theatre - Enid Blyton: By the Book.
I played beloved English children's author Enid Blyton, and used suggestions from the boys and girls in the audience to inspire a new adventure story.
The "hook" of the show was Oscar the border collie - that's right, we put a live dog onstage, Famous Five-style.
Oscar belongs to my friends Alisha and Mark, who very kindly lent him to us for training, rehearsals and the show. The Wah and I have known Oscar since he was a puppy - he's so happy and friendly. It really was a case of the dog inspiring the show.
Thankfully, the audience responded just as I'd hoped: they loved it if Oscar did things "right", but laughed even more if he did things "wrong", such as wander away, leave the stage, or refuse to follow directions. They particularly seemed to enjoy Oscar's single-minded determination to grab every piece of kabana he possibly could - kabana being our "training tool".
The talented Anthony Massingham took some photographs during the course of the show; these popped up on my Facebook feed after I returned home. He's done a wonderful job; but I wanted to post the following photo because of an interesting quirk.
My schtick in the second half of Enid Blyton: By the Book was to bring out a feast of proper English sweet treats - such as raspberries and cream, jam tarts, liquorice and sponge cakes - and proceed to be a mammoth glutton for the rest of the show.
Anthony took a great shot of me stuffing my craw, as Oscar and the other actors played out a scene. But look closely at sidebar advertisements:
It's quite a humourous placement of targeted advertising - but still, I didn't really need Facebook telling me to lose weight!