Real Positive Poles are a Bristol based sci-fi improv company. They were founded in September 2016 by Luke Cox & Theo Worsley, the only remaining active members of the original group, with some friends from Bristol Improv Society. They started doing an improvised Star Trek parody called Spon Trek: The Next Improvisation, which they have performed at the BIT, venues around the city and at the Edinburgh fringe festival. Over time Luke Mallison, Beth Kerridge, Rosalind Beeson, Waqar Munir, Scott Wilson and Anna Kemp have also joined.
When asked to do a blog piece they instead decided to narcissistically interview themselves.
How have rehearsals been going?
Theo: Badly, and I want everybody to know
Luke M: Good, I really like the process we've gone through of creating a show together with this cast. Spon Trek was pretty well established when we stepped into it so it's been nice to get to create something from scratch as a group.
Theo: Yeah, it feels like honing the show into a better version of itself.
Luke C: I've also enjoyed that. I also really like that we've become comfortable with the mix of
comedy and drama it produces. I think the show isn't really quite either but when we started we
almost tried to make it fit into one of those boxes, which it doesn't really.
What exercises or techniques have you been playing with?
Scott: Groin stretches (whilst stretching)
Ros: I've enjoyed doing warm up scenes, it just helps me get my improv reflexes going
Theo: We've been doing genre cauldron where we throw out clichés and tropes we can use in the shows which is helpful to try and get on genre.
Luke M: We love singing the song too
What type of improv do you do?
Luke M: Narrative, but also we take a lot of inspiration from non-narrative styes as a lot of us come from a non-narrative background. I think that makes it quite interesting.
Ros: Yeah it's a new skill I've had to learn but I think I've gotten a lot better at thinking about the plot as a whole through this show as to fit the genre you always try to have a twist at the end. We had a great one where a woman was in a clockwork world, trying to escape her repetitive life it but then at the end it turned out that the escape was something she did every day; that was very satisfying.
What are you looking forward to doing on the night?
Ros: The Rod Sterling monologues we do, also playing in the round will be a new challenge.
Theo: Mingling with the audience, before, during and after the show.
Luke M: Going out there and looking dapper.
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