weekly Monday rendezvous of the members of the Rotary Club of Bangalore was
embellished with 40 minutes of high energy Improv entertainment. Improv short
for Improvisation is a theatrical art form where everything is improvised or
made up moment by moment. The audience played a participatory role by giving
suggestions to the performers that become their inspiration.
typical impromptu dialog ran thus:
“Sir, I have been here for one week and
nobody is giving me my papers.”
you are at a government office. Best that you forget about it.”
went the exchange between two characters at an IT office performed by the
improvisers of the group, Improv Comedy Bangalore (ICB). The audience were
roaring with laughter at not just the above improvised scene but for many other
acts that were presented by the performers Snehil Basoya, Kavya Srinivasan,
Shweta Bhat, Arjun Mehra and Nasir Engineer.
For this show, the performers of ICB were overwhelmed by the high octane levels of the members themselves that served as fuel to charge up their energy on stage. As one audience member who had never seen Improv before shouted in the first 5 minutes of the show “WE ARE ALREADY HAVING A BLAST!”
ICB is a professional Improv theatre company. They have performed many shows in Bangalore – all of which are acted with a minimum of props and no sets.
They have also conducted workshops and
coaching for the general public and for the corporates. They even hosted
India’s only Improv festival called the Bengaluru Improv Festival. Another
performance will be held in November, 2019.