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Improvising for laughs

August 7, 2013

YellowBrix

THIS week I went to see Forge Theatre Group's street performance in St Catherine's Walk.

It gained an impressive audience and the half an hour show consisted of mime theatre and an improvised comedy show which had the audience in stitches. That is a hard ask -- there were no microphones used so hearing at times was difficult -- however the actions and expressions were so large, they told a story of their own.

An interpretation of popular television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? was brilliant and the random ideas of audience participation made it funny.

Performer Peter Pazzi was fantastic his comedic timing and ability to make even the toughest of crowds giggle was sheer brilliance. The short show was a real insight into the work director Osian Rhys is aiming to produce. His team are focused and disciplined in their art and their ability to thrown themselves into the tasks given is commendable. The show was set up as a trial for the group, they aim to continue doing improvisation shows and perform these locally to an already large following.

Next up for the aspiring Forge Drama Development team is a packed summer of workshops working towards a performance called School's Out! The workshop will run daily from Tuesday, August 13 until Friday, August 16, from 10am until 3pm at the dance studio at Prizefighter Gym in Woods Row, Carmarthen.

The performance starts at 7pm with a short audience greeting beginning at 6.45pm.

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