Miracles at Hoopla’s Crash PadPosted: 14 November 2012
At Hoopla’s Crash Pad at The Horse a few weeks ago, there were a couple of very inexperienced groups performing for only the first or second time.
They were terrific. They broke all the ‘rules’ of improv and had a good time. Of course, you could sense them struggling at times to produce scenes that went anywhere, but that feeling was cancelled out by their enthusiasm for what they were doing. You could see the astonishment at the genuine, spontaneous dialogue they were creating: it was plastered all over their happy faces like joy custard.
I’d much rather watch a beginner group playing at the very limit of their abilities (and occasionally beyond), sharing and enjoying the miracle of improv, than a slick, well-disciplined team sleepwalking through technically perfect scenes.