IMPROV-ING WITH AGE

Eastern Reporter - - Lifestyle - Tanya Mac­Naughton

THERE may be a bit more grey in their beards than when they first started im­pro­vis­ing to­gether 15 years ago with The Big HOOHAA!, but Sam Lon­g­ley, Da­mon Lock­wood and Sean Walsh are still three like-minded in­di­vid­u­als who play well to­gether.

“I think th­ese two guys, and hope­fully I’m in the same boat, are very gen­er­ous, which works very well in an im­pro­vi­sa­tional sense,” Walsh said.

“We’re all aware of each other’s strengths and weak­nesses to a cer­tain ex­tent.”

It was the trio’s im­pro­vi­sa­tional strengths that put them at the fore­front of Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things chief ex­ec­u­tive Jenny Simp­son’s mind when pro­gram­ming this year’s event.

When peo­ple sug­gested she in­vite an in­ter­na­tional improv troupe she had seen in Ade­laide to Perth, she re­sponded by say­ing she knew Perth per­form­ers who were just as good, if not bet­ter.

Lon­g­ley, Lock­wood and Walsh cre­ated show The Space­man Cometh (with a nod to Eu­gene O'Neill’s The Ice­man Cometh in the ti­tle), which will be their first of­fi­cial show un­der the name Masters of Hooey.

All fathers them­selves, Masters of Hooey are set to en­gage young au­di­ences (seven years and older) with an ad­ven­ture story around a theme that fas­ci­nates us all – space.

“Space has given us a lovely struc­ture in terms of a nar­ra­tive and struc­ture, but all the par­tic­u­lars in ev­ery show will be dif­fer­ent,” Lock­wood said.

“Some­thing that ex­cites us is that there’s three roles but we’ll be chang­ing each role, each show.”

Lon­g­ley said he thought the na­ture of the show would ap­peal to adults as well, in par­tic­u­lar dads.

“Not enough dads go to the theatre or re­luc­tantly get dragged along,” Lon­g­ley said.

“If a dad comes to The Space­man Cometh, they will have an ab­so­lute ball and so will their kids.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d473826

Clock­wise from bot­tom: Sam Lon­g­ley, Sean Walsh and Da­mon Lock­wood.

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