An Improvised Murder

27th June 2020Spital Arts A night of stories, laughter, games… and death! A murder mystery improvised live. With no script and no plot, Foghorn Unscripted and the audience create a classic whodunnit. Who dies horribly? Who is the murderer? What awful secrets are revealed? The audience are the puppet masters and the fate of the characters…

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Bitter, twisted, jealous and totally hopeless

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao Tzu I’ve just been watching the 2016 French Open final. Andy Murray is the first British man to reach the final since 1937, an incredible achievement. Amongst his career highlights he can count winning two grand slams,…

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Top Ten Things they don’t tell you in Drama School

Ah! A list! A list of ten things! A big no-no in the improv world, but here in blog land, its ok… Now, you may think I am about to go on some big rant about how drama school didn’t prepare me for the real world… but I’m not. How can anything fully prepare you…

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Who cares about the plot anyway?

While on a writing course recently, I got into a “lively discussion” with William Gallagher, the very accomplished writer running the session. You’d probably think I’d be stressing some of the finer points of writing for an audience, right? Actually no, it was because I’d likened the skills he was laying out for us as…

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ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

In improv, one of the basic rules we’re told about entering a scene is to do it with a bold character. I have found that often that the bold, hilarious characters one creates during rehearsal / workshop can suddenly go out of the window in a performance, when the pressure of an audience can cause…

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The things I love and hate about Impro

“… that night, the little girl took her mother’s dressmaking scissors from the dresser drawer, and safely in her bedroom, hacked off her long, golden hair. The next morning, after feigning a horrid sickness, she dressed in her brother’s school uniform, climbed out of her bedroom window, and shinned down the drainpipe. Her Mum none…

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Will anybody come?

Programme it, and they will come. Perhaps not that many of them, but they will. It’s Edinburgh, my first trip there and I’m with a student sketch comedy troupe. There can’t be many more terrible and harrowing combinations of words than student sketch comedy troupe, and I’m sorry if reading that phrase has upset you. Student…

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Ten Top Tips for Edinburgh Fringe Accommodation

It’s the time of year when your facebook feed becomes filled with posts and moans about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “I need a venue”, “I’ve only written one joke” and, my favourite, “Does, like, anyone, maybe, have somewhere I can live?” One of the biggest nightmares of the festival: finding somewhere to crash your tired…

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I’m giving up acting!

“I’m giving up acting!” This is something I have declared on more than one occasion. Many times. Many, MANY times in fact. All I ever wanted to be was be an actress. I didn’t want to be famous, I think that’s important to add. But… Being on stage… Wow! There really is no drug in…

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Am I Right, Guys?

I started doing stand-up comedy before I started doing improv. I first went into it thinking that successful improv came from being able to make jokes up on the spot, and I also thought it would help with my compèring skills. I certainly didn’t know that there were rules in improv – and I’m sure…

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