Weekend Notes: How The West Was Improvised

by Patti Stiles on 8 March, 2018 in reviews

Weekend Notes

How The West Was Improvised

by Ree Maloney

They don't make Westerns like this anymore

This is impro like you've never seen it before! It's a whole new format and I must say, I really enjoyed it. If you've had a hard day at work and want to relax, this is the place to do it. Laughter isn't optional ­ it will creep up on you when you least expect it.

The great thing about a show like this is that you can go and see it every night because you know you're never going to get the same performance twice. This is one of the few times I can tell you the content of the show I watched and I won't spoil it for you!

Think of all the classic Western tropes and put them in a bag, whatever comes out is what you get. Tonight's performance included the classic salon with Madame, shady characters and whiskey ­ lots of whiskey (free whiskey at that). Plenty of death scenes which delighted one of my favourite characters of the night ­ the Undertaker played by Patrick Duffy.

One of the things you get with impro that you don't get with rehearsed shows are those little nuisances where a character says something that's unexpected for the setting. The moustached bartender, played by Rick Brown, proclaims "you're really straining the practice of responsible service of alcohol" to his gun­wielding cowboy customers.

We had the forbidden love story and the happily ever after, revenge killings and just al­round fun. The best thing about this kind of impro is that you get the entire story played out in two hours ­ with interval. All those times you wished a skit would last a little longer, this is it.

For more information and bookings, click here. Shows the 24th and 25th February at 7.30pm.

NOTE: This may not be suitable for all ages ­ there is swearing and implied violence and scenes of a promiscuous nature (Sarah Kinsella!)