In this week’s blog, we spoke to Tom from The RH Experience! We talk about their show Stuck, their YouTube series and what they’re most looking forward to about performing again at The Bristol Improv Theatre.
1. Tells us a bit about your group, how and when did you form?
We met in our teens & quickly found out, through lots of belly laughs, that our senses of humour entwined. For some reason, which is beyond me, we decided to film some of it & put it on YouTube. When we tired of that, we decided to do a live show on stage at our local pub, which amazingly also happened to be the same venue in London where most of the improv happens. We were hooked from there. We’ve now been doing improv for more than 10 years!
2. Tell us about “Stuck”, what’s the show and how did you come up with the idea?
We started out, as many groups do, by doing short form games. One day we fancied doing long form & Conor had the neat idea of a show where 3 characters were stuck in a lift & we get to know them through flashbacks (and forwards!). We were chuffed to see that people liked it, so we performed it more and more, with different locations to become stuck in (who knew you could be stuck in so many places!?). We thought it was strong enough to take up to the Fringe & we were chuffed with it. We haven’t done one where we’re stuck in a comedy venue yet, but maybe we actually have!
3. You recently performed it as The Soho Theatre, how did that go?
Ah yes, it went super well! We always love playing at the Soho Theatre! It was so exciting to resurrect Stuck, I think it had been a good few years since we last did it. Also her Royal Majesty the Queen was there, but she wasn’t amused.
4. I love your “twosomes” series on YouTube. If I give you the words “Crab” and “Whistle” can you come up with a quick idea for a video?
Thank you! Twosomes are so much fun to do. Lots more to come! For the Crab Whistle Challenge I would go to a popular crab location (?) & prepare two paddling pools FULL of crabs. In each one there would be a whistle. Being careful not to harm our lovely crabs, I would ask our contestants to each enter their paddling pool. On the blow of my human whistle, each contestant would search their paddling pool for a whistle that I’ve hidden amongst the crabs. The first to find & blow that whistle wins!
5. What are you most looking forward to doing on the night of the show?
I love playing at the Bristol Improv Theatre so much, it’s such a wonderful open space that encourages freedom & play. So I’m looking forward to having fun physically. Also I try to have a note from the last show to take into the next show, so on the 24th it will be to not talk about what I’m doing & bloody well DO IT.
The RH Experience presents Stuck is on Friday 24th January at 8pm. Tickets are £10 and are available here.