What does improvised comedy have in common with the martial arts?
That question, and others, will be answered at the Theatre Royal on Friday night, when Nelson's improvised comedy show, The Deep End, fuses the two otherwise disparate disciplines.
"Like martial artists, improvisers work hard to learn the ways of improvisation, the theory and the practice, training regularly in the art," says Lisa Norriss, of Body in Space theatre company. "Our Nelson troupe have a sensei [teacher] who is coincidentally called Dan!
"Like martial arts, the importance of reading the situation you are in is paramount. The players must learn to listen deeply to what is going on around them and to respond without thinking, spontaneously.
"And this is where the humour that is inherent in improvised comedy comes in. Seeing people put on the spot, responding in the moment and working together to create something that is new is exciting stuff that inspires much laughter and makes for a great night out at the end of the working week."
She says the audience can expect to see scenes, stories and songs inspired by all things martial-arty.
To add to the fun, members of the audience are encouraged to dress up in the style of a martial arts form.
- The Deep End, Friday, March 1, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal. Tickets $15 (plus booking fee) from the Theatre Royal.
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