Theatre with a twist

This week, the Mind Adventure’s Theatre Company launches their Theatre Championships. Here’s a peek into what to expect:

Mirror Magazine: Tell us about the Championships. What can we look forward to?

Mind Adventures: You’ll be watching teams of 4 competing against each other in a series of games and tasks that we have created. The judges will award points out of ten for each challenge. Some of these tasks will be suggested by the audience, and there will also be audience participation in some of the challenges.

At the end of three weeks, the two teams with the highest scores will go into the final. This kind of event is known as theatre sports, and is quite popular around the world, and we thought it was time someone tried it here.

MM: Why did you settle on improvised theatre as the arena for this competition?

MA: It’s loads of fun and we think it’s a great way for anyone to be involved. Live improv theatre is always fun because it’s unpredictable. You never know what’s going to come out of it. It’s unrehearsed and uninhibited - it’s people armed only with their ability to think quickly and creatively. Improv doesn’t require any experience in theatre. It’s a great leveller and an open arena for quick witted people with a talent for comedy, who may not necessarily be actors.

MM: How many teams are competing? Is it mostly experienced actors signing up or are there newcomers as well?

MA: We’d planned at limiting to it no more than 3 teams competing each night. However, if anyone still wants to sign-up, we’re still open to the idea. The structure of the event allows us means to include more teams. We don’t want to turn anyone away. We have a good mix of experienced and inexperienced teams signed up.

MM: Who will be on your panel of judges? What will they be looking for in each team?

MA: Our judges include Steve de la Zilwa, Ruwanthie de Chickera, Nimmi Harasgama, Ruhanie Perera, Vimukthi Jaysundera, Richard Simon, Neluka Silva, Feroze Kamardeen and Mohammed Adamally. We wanted to have theatre people, as well as other artist and critics who have different tastes and temperaments - to spice things up a little! The judges will be looking for creativity, enthusiasm, timing and how accurately the tasks are achieved.

MM: Any helpful tips for the brave souls who’ve signed up?

MA: We cannot emphasise enough to all our participants and would-be participants that this is about having fun - and about experimenting. Mind Adventures is all about trying out new things - we want the teams to take on this same spirit. Work together as a team, just let loose and have a good time! We’re having a briefing and workshop for all participating teams on the 2nd of October, so no one will go in cold!

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