The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised

This form of improvisation is fairly stripped back, there was minimal audience interaction and the actors tended to go off on anecdotes that just weren’t that funny. Although the general idea was an excellent one - improvising a revolution on the random ideas of the audience - the Cambridge Impronauts just didn’t manage to pull it together.

The narrator, at least, was funny. However, a little bit of comedy on his behalf didn’t solve the bigger problems he faced, such as being unable to reign in the rest of the company’s imaginations, causing an unfortunate muddle of ideas and scenarios on stage. Most of these strayed rather from the plot, created far too many characters for the audience or cast to remember, and generally looked like a mess of confused bodies on a stage. Another thing that confused the audience was the whole casts’ ability to change scene, character and plot in a clap of the hands. Please, limit that to the narrator. Having five or six members of the cast with that ability can lead only to confusion and sadness.

However, there were two very strong members of the cast, with the ability to remain comical and silly while maintaining and furthering the main plotline. These performances, on top of that of the narrator, who immediately brought to the stage a wonderful comic persona, were the saving graces of this production. Sadly, the plot simply pushed itself into a tangled weave of characters and scenarios, confusing both audience and cast.

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