IM­PROV CLUB A BALL FOR HALL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tanya MacNaughton

UN­SCRIPTED the­atre is a rare art form that shares a mag­i­cal mo­ment with an au­di­ence only once.

“It’s spe­cial be­cause deep down peo­ple know this isn’t go­ing to hap­pen in this way ever again,” Just Im­pro­vise di­rec­tor, teacher and per­former Glenn Hall said.

“There’s a shared ex­pe­ri­ence between per­form­ers and the au­di­ence and even though the au­di­ence sit in their chairs and en­joy the show, it’s not a pas­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

Hall, who lives in Floreat and lec­tures at WAAPA, was in Can­berra last week for his 11th year in a row at the an­nual Im­proven­tion Fes­ti­val, ded­i­cated to the art of im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

He has re­turned with spe­cial guest per­former, Vic­to­ria Bang from Swe­den, for an Im­prov Club pop-up show at Quin­til­ian School, Mt Clare­mont, on Sun­day, July 17.

The first half of the evening will fea­ture emerg­ing tal­ent, in­clud­ing a few of Hall’s WAAPA stu­dents, while the sec­ond half will make way for Hall, Bang, Chris Bed­ding and Es­ther Longhurst to bring some un­pre­dictabil­ity to the stage.

“I first met Vic­to­ria in Ger­many a cou­ple of years ago,” Hall said.

“The Swedes are fan­tas­tic im­pro­vis­ers be­cause they seem like a happy lot but there’s an edge of dark­ness to them.

“She per­forms in a show called Im­pro­vi­sion (im­pro­vised Euro­vi­sion) so I’m go­ing to take her to meet my mu­sic the­atre stu­dents to work with them on im­pro­vised singing, which is just about the most im­pres­sive thing you can do.”

It will be the sec­ond time Im­prov Club per­forms at Quin­til­ian School, which Hall’s son Lysander at­tends, and he said he and wife Vida Hus­tas hoped to con­tinue us­ing the venue.

“Vida stud­ied arts man­age­ment and is the or­gan­i­sa­tion part to my cre­ative part,” Hall said.

“I cer­tainly couldn’t do what I do with­out her.

“She se­duced me with her or­gan­i­sa­tional ways.”

Just Im­pro­vise also run pub­lic classes for adults and chil­dren.

Class in­for­ma­tion and Im­prov Club tick­ets at www.justim­pro­vise.com.au.

Pic­ture: Es­ther Longhurst

Im­prov per­former Glenn Hall.

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