Cherry & Emma Improvise!
PUBLISHED: 12:20 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:20 02 January 2014
Impressions and laughs galore as Cherry and Emma visit WOW - a group of talented improvisers
We wrapped up warm, winter coats, big scarfs and woolly hats at a jaunty angle to interview some very talented folk recently. We dashed over to Coventry on a cold, wet winter evening and went to Esquires Coffee Shop to watch a local group called ‘Wow Impro’ strut their stuff to a room packed full of punters. The anticipation filled the room as the players made their way to the performance area. It reminded us a little of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ and improvisation we had seen on the telly, but watching it live made all the difference. We resisted the temptation to heckle unlike some of the crowd and we marvelled at the quick thinking, sharp witted group who managed to cope expertly with everything thrown at them from the floor. And by Jove it was funny! We are never quite sure what to expect when we are asked along to events but we laughed so very much it hurt, which in our experience is a good indicator of a night well spent.
The group played many improvisation games, too many to mention, but we did have a couple of faves which we think are worthy of that extra mention. First up was accents. Everything from Geordie to Alien (!), you name it, the gang pulled it off; quite a feat we think. The lovely Sarah confided in us afterwards that she had to do a ‘squirrel’ accent once...how she did that we will never know and whoever made that suggestion was ‘nuts’, clearly! Next up, was a game called ‘Two Headed Expert’ (very handy, if you can ever find one of those). Two of the performers have to speak as one person when asked a question, quite amazing and very clever.
Prior to the improv gig, we went along to the group’s weekly workshop held at the Arts Centre, Bedworth. We tried our hand at a few improvisation games under the expert guidance of the group’s founder, Rich Coad and loved it, although we quickly discovered improv is not as easy as it looks and we were certainly no match for the experts. We came away with a great appreciation of how professional and talented these guys really are. So, when we went along to the Esquires gig, we knew how much hard work, effort and passion had gone into their show.
We were particularly intrigued as to why they called themselves ‘Wow’ - the response being, ‘well that’s what people often say when they watch us’. Confident maybe, justified, most definitely. The group are gaining quite a following now and with a talent like theirs, we’re sure it won’t be too long before they hit the big time.