Real Positive Poles have been making improv waves with their new show After Dusk; an improvised version of cult-hit 1960's TV show The Twilight Zone. In preparation for their support slot this Friday, we sat down with company director Luke Cox to talk about the group and the show.
First, tell us a bit about the group. When and how did it form?
The group first started with me, Theo and some friends from the Bristol University Improv society in October 2016 with an idea I'd had 3 years previously but never gotten around to doing for an Improvised Star Trek. We ended up doing a week at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, where we gained a few new cast members. From there, as people graduated and moved away our cast slowly changed. Now there's only me and Theo from the original cast but somehow the group is still around in its new form.
What was it about the show Twilight Zone that made you want to do an improvised version of it?
I think what's most appealing is the combination of the intriguing ideas and plots that still hold up but also the comedy which comes out watching a nearly 60 year old show from a modern perspective. A lot of the social commentary still feels poignant today but at the same time the way they tell the stories and the "normal world" they use is extremely outdated. Plus what they thought the future would look like in the 60s is always fun.
What is your favourite Twilight Zone episode and why?
I Shot an Arrow into the Air, because I guessed the twist about 5 minutes in
Will I, someone who has never seen the show before, be able to understand what's going on?
Absolutely! The original Twilight Zone was an anthology series, so no episode has characters, plots or references to the others. It might help you to know what to expect if you imagine Black Mirror from the 1960's but I think even the most casual viewer will pick that up pretty quickly.
What are you most looking forward to doing on the night?
The tightrope between the dramatic and the ridiculous. I think the show is most fun when we play around with the real drama of the plot but also the comedy inherent in improv. I don't think any other medium allows you to do both so easily and this format really works well with that.
After Dusk – Improvised Episodes from The Twilight will be supporting The RH Experience Zone on Friday 8th February, 8pm. Doors and bar open from 7.15pm. Tickets are £7 and can be bought HERE.