Improvisation + cabaret = a great night of comedy!
By Kate Boston-Smith
As you walk into the ever-gorgeous and oh-so intimate space of The Butterfly Club’s showroom, there is electricity in the air.
Already on stage, performers Emily Taylor and Scott Brennan with accompanist Gordon Dorin are primed and ready. Such is the energy and connection between the three that Taylor and Brennan literally cannot stand in stillness.
Stalking the stage like playful lion cubs ready to pounce, these highly skilled performers are itching to grab their audience, and lovingly get them involved in the piece. And this they do with generosity, care and feather-in-the-ear tickling play.
Obviously seasoned improv artists (Taylor and Brennan from Spontaneous Broadway, Dorin from Impro Melbourne), these three have an unspoken understanding and pitch-perfect musical intuition together.
Their joint performances of spontaneous song and invented narrative come from the seamless interweaving of offers from audience conversations generated in the first ten minutes of the show. It is beautiful to observe how they listen to each other and us, and to see how they then develop the story on the spot.
Their musicality is matched by their imagination and the audience travels with them as they paint very detailed imagery with their stories and songs. Brennan, a crackerjack to watch, oozes character and wit.
Dorin on piano is heavenly to listen to, and is so incredibly in synch with the other two performers that you would think each song has been rehearsed several times over. The only time his eyes were not on the performers was when he dropped his head to laugh at the spontaneous hilarities happening on stage: always a delight to see!
Last, but by no means least, Emily Taylor performs with a constant twinkle in her eye. With cool dexterity she switches between characters and unabashedly creates and explores the most absurd scenarios.
In this instance, her adoption of a human-sized bunny moving through society is both ridiculous and incredible. She is a fearless performer, and deserves the rewards the audience throw to her.
Is This Your Life? is a great piece for those who love to see a little bit of themselves on stage. These three performers are brilliant at their craft, and clearly enjoy what they do and achieve, making this show is a joy to watch.
Date: Thurs 25 to Sun 28 August
Time: Thur – Sat at 9pm, Sun at 8pm
Duration: 60 min approx