Improvised theatre is challenging enough: throw in songs and dance and you can imagine it’d take true talent and teamwork to pull it off. And that’s exactly what the Impromptunes team delivers.
In their Completely Improvised Musical, no-one – not even the cast – knows what will happen.
With nothing but six performers, one musician, a keyboard and two chairs on stage, the show is made up on the spot based on a title suggested by the audience.
If you want a chance at naming it, have something in mind and be ready to yell it as loudly as you can when the moment comes for suggestions.
Past shows have apparently included “Zombie Potato” and “Kmart Goes Crazy”, and last night the loudest voice begged for “Bunnings Sausages”.
The cast worked together almost seamlessly to create a story based on this two-word title.
They immediately set the scene by launching into a song about a farmers’ market, which was quickly interrupted by obnoxious characters promoting their Bunnings sausage sizzle.
From there, the hour-long show unfolded with a small local business vs. big corporation conflict, tales of suspect sausage contents, secret plots, love triangles, and more.
There were a few little slip-ups, but overall the improvised dialogue, songs, dances and music were impressive.
The performers expertly established different characters through their voices and body language, and were full of witty wordplay, with gems like “Get your tools and be a tool at Bunnings” and “I heard it on the organic grapevine” in the first few minutes.
One song with the refrain “Bunnings got what you want, Bunnings got what you need” explained how the store offers everything from renovation requirements to people looking for love.
The music ranged from lively to wistful, guiding the story through various conflicts and ultimately to a cheerful resolution.
The performers’ skill at weaving references throughout the show and creating a bizarre story with memorable characters is truly admirable.
The audience was chuckling and cheering throughout.
Impromptunes is well worth seeing – maybe even more than once, because no two shows will be the same!