Having seen individual members of Tumbleweed perform at the Improv Fest Ireland gig on Thursday, I was excited to catch them doing their own show this Saturday. Tumbleweed normally do long form improv which I was really looking forward to seeing, however, with one of their members overseas Tumbleweed instead performed a short form show with two improv guests Kiki and Ashley from Amsterdam.
The show was excellent and remarkably seamless for a troupe just put together on the night, which I guess is a mark of strong individual improvisers. Every improv troupe seems to name the same short form games differently so I won’t get into the particular games too much, but throughout all the games there was brilliant comic timing and excellent scene painting, which makes me very keen to catch their next long form show to see how these skills are applied to longer scenes.
The final game was one of the least demanding and yet most entertaining games I’ve seen in a while. It essentially involved two players going on stage with a glass of water each and proceeding to play out a scene while spitting the water at each other. Much like Sit, Stand, Lean, this game doesn’t sound very funny, but childish as it seems there is great comedy in watching someone on stage just waiting, braced to be spat on. I never saw it before but this game will definitely go into the locker for emergencies (quick the crowd aren’t laughing lets spit on each other!). Not that that’s why Tumbleweed played it as they’d had the crowd laughing from the first scene to last.
A good night and an Improv troupe definitely worth catching, check them out here at https://www.facebook.com/Tumbleweedimprov
While you’re at it also check out Improv Fest Ireland who’ll be having more fundraising gigs coming up soon, these combine the best troupes in Dublin Improv so are definitely worth a look https://www.facebook.com/improvfestireland
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