We are super excited to have the critically-acclaimed 10 thousand million love stories at the Improbable Lounge on Thursday 13 February.
We caught up with the improvising duo behind this improv show…Heather Urquhart & Jules Munns
Catch them and our other great acts this Thursday, 13 Feb, at Improbable Lounge…upstairs in the lovely Priory Arms, Lansdowne Rd, Stockwell. Just 19m walk or short bus ride from vauxhall overground. And it's free entry!
So Heather and Jules, you're currently on tour with your show Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. How is the tour going?
At the time of writing this we've just done the one show but so far its been great! This tour is all about developing the show from what we created for the Improvised Play Festival last year and taking it to all our friends in the UK.
What made you decide to do a show about Love Stories?
The idea came during a drunken train ride back from Edinburgh two festivals ago. We'd been =totally inspired by seeing 'Dirty great Love Story' and thought 'Wouldn't it be good to make an improv show that was that poigna=t and romantic?' We're both a pair of soppy bastards and had discussed that it was something we hadn't seen done and that would be interesting to play with.
You’re both in the Maydays – how has this 2-prov show compared to being in a larger group?
It's a really great work out! Because you are basically always onstage, there is no time to gather your thoughts bewteen scenes. You just have to get right on =with it!
What’s the funniest love story you’ve heard/created thus far?
The guy who got dumped at the top of the Eiffel Tower was pretty bad! It's been amazing how people have been happy to talk about their heartbreak and humiliation quite openly with us. It's often really fun when the two of us end up playing loads of characters in one scene. But then it's equally fun to mess with each other in the more romantic scenes.
What’s the weirdest?
We once had a pair of science researchers who got in trouble with their supervisor for having sex in the lab. They then had to identify which 'fluids' have contaminated their samples.
You both teach Improv as well as perform – what’s your favourite aspect of teaching?
The moment when people say 'I didn't know I could do that', and making people feel safe enough that they can take the risk to get to that point.
What’s been your best Improv moment thus far in your careers?
Improv has taken us to some nuts places and situations over the years, from psychiatric prisons to religious conferences, board rooms to vegetable judging cometitions and international festivals. It's difficult to pick out a single moment because the beauty of it is the day to day, moment to moment uncertainty and creativity.
What will you be doing on Valentines Day?
Neither of us knows yet, but something sickly sweet and vomit-worthy I am sure.
What’s your favourite love song?
'I hope that I don't fall in love with you' by Tom Waits, or 'The Luckiest' by Be Folds.
What’s your favourite romcom?
We watched Punch Drunk Love together in a hippy comune. We locked ourselves away from what might have been happening that night. So that has a very special place in our hearts. It has the same kind of feeling that we create in the show. Funny and bold, but tender at the same time.
If you could pick 2 characters from history/literature to bring together in a love story/improv mash up, who would you choose?
Ernest Hemmingway bowled over and out of his depth in love would be a lot of fun. Maybe Joan of Arc could handle him, so let's try that combination. Heather also has a hope that Jen and Brad will get back together!