Thursday 28th February – 7.30pm: Luke & Michael
Stories are made of humans, and Luke & Michael are two humans that make stories. This show is about the sacred and the profane, about the divine that lurks beneath the mundane, in the gap between clarity and madness. We tease out the epic stories that bubble up from the group unconscious. We take off our faces to put our faces back on in front of the audience. We genuinely have no idea what we will be performing when we arrive. All we do is to look at the audience and ourselves and let the discovery commence.
Cast: Luke Beahan & Michael Brunström.
Find out more about Luke & Michael below . . .
Tell us about your group
"Luke & Michael" is an ongoing exploration by Luke Beahan and Michael Brunström. Our aim is to experiment with improvisational performance, expand our skills and have fun. It began after Dave left "Dave, Luke and Michael", and we realised we worked well together and had a similar mindset about improvising, with enough differences to create chemistryl.
How did you discover improvisation?
Michael: Several years ago, I bumped into Ken Campbell outside a pub in Kentish Town. I told him I was a big fan of his, and we got chatting as we walked down the road. Eventually we came to a door and Ken said 'Are you coming in, then?' I found myself in a tiny rehearsal room where Ken was teaching a class in bardic extemporization. At first, he thought I would make a good ventriloquist, but later he enrolled me into an improvised musical.
Luke: My dad used to tape 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' on TV, so my brothers and I could watch it with him on the weekends when we went round to visit. Years later I decided I wanted to do that so I bought the book 'Impro' by Keith Johnstone and started a group. Then after doing it for about 3 or 4 years I started learning and realised its a lifelong journey of discovery.
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of in the last year?
Michael: Crumbs (Stephen Sim and Lee White) came to London in April last year. I was really moved by their simple storytelling and direct audience engagement. Their style of improvisation has been one of the major influences on Luke & Michael.
Luke: One of the 'Dave, Luke and Michael' shows has my favourite moments of improvising. Partway through the show we created a scene picture of two lungs outside a heart. Then near the end of the show we found ourselves in a similar position and all transformed into the same lungs and heart shape, and then just ended the show. No directing, just discovery and communication in action.
What are your top three impro tips?
1. Talk to each other about each other
2. Be obvious
3. If a scene's going well, make it better; if it's going badly, make it worse.
1. Have fun
2. Remember that you are going to die one day, and how lucky you are to be alive and doing this.
3. Pick one thing to learn or challenge yourself with in every show.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Michael: Genius Now! by Alan Marriott.
Luke: Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out by Mick Napier
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
Michael: “What aspect of improvisation do you think is the most difficult?”
Finding decent, affordable rehearsal space in London.
Luke: “What are you afraid of?”
Allowing fear to stop me from living life
Anything else you'd like to add?
Michael: Thank you.
Luke: Yeah thanks. See you soon.