Mu­si­cal with­out a script

Nottingham Post - - EG DAILY -

CAN an en­tire mu­si­cal be cre­ated from scratch while an au­di­ence watches? If you are im­prov group Rhymes Against Hu­man­ity then the an­swer is “yes”.

A mem­ber of the au­di­ence gets to sug­gest a ti­tle and from the very first line of the open­ing num­ber through to the very last notes of the fi­nale, the whole show is made up on the spot.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Lloy­die James Lloyd says it’s a high-adren­a­line ex­pe­ri­ence for per­form­ers and au­di­ence alike: “It’s a rar­ity that a the­atre au­di­ence and the per­form­ers en­ter a the­atre with no idea what mu­si­cal is about to be per­formed. Ev­ery open­ing night is also a clos­ing night be­cause each time we per­form it’s a com­pete one-off. Pre­vi­ous ti­tles we’ve had in­clude ‘Magic Pike XL’ - a mu­si­cal about a fish with su­per pow­ers, ‘San­dals, San­dals, San­dals’ - a mu­si­cal about some­one get­ting fired by the fash­ion po­lice for in­ap­pro­pri­ate footwear and ‘It Came From The Gunge­tank In The Aban­doned Nick­elodeon Stu­dios’ - which is re­ally hard to de­scribe but fea­tured An­neka Rice.”

So far this year, Rhymes Against Hu­man­ity have played nu­mer­ous sell-out gigs in the city in­clud­ing Not­ting­ham Com­edy Fes­ti­val and two at Not­ting­ham Play­house’s Neville Stu­dio.

Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor Sam Plum­mer be­lieves there’s a rea­son why an im­pro­vised mu­si­cal seems to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of au­di­ences: “When you think about mu­si­cals, they are in­her­ently ridicu­lous. Peo­ple rarely burst into full mu­si­cal num­bers in real life but nonethe­less the pop­u­lar­ity of the mu­si­cal en­dures. The only dif­fer­ence when we do it is that we are singing it as it comes to us.

If any­thing that’s more re­al­is­tic than a reg­u­lar mu­si­cal. No one gets to script real life - so why should all mu­si­cals be scripted?”

Rhymes Against Hu­man­ity could be pick­ing your ti­tle to per­form tonight at the re­cently opened Hunt­ing­don Street venue Metronome. Tick­ets are £10 from metronome.uk.com

Rhymes Against Hu­man­ity have big plans for 2019, in­clud­ing reg­u­lar gigs in Not­ting­ham and Le­ices­ter and also cour­ses so that any­one can learn to make up songs on the spot. Find them on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book at @Rhymes­im­prov

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