DEATH in a MINUTE
Death in a Minute takes its name from a game where a team of four actors are given a location e.g. a pig pen and have to, at the start signal, jump into action taking on characters improvising their way to at least one person dying and possibly more in the course of a minute. The deaths have to occur as a result of what happens in the scene and not from a random outside killer. This is hilarious flying-by-the-seat of your pants theatre where, without any preplanning, and playing against a ticking clock, trusting your fellow actors to save you no matter what your offer, inspired acting occurs.
Training evenings have been very satisfying because, as well as learning new improvisation challenges, the actors are skilling up and becoming more and more comfortable with begin thrown in the deep end and coming up gracefully without a splutter and giving creative, witty, graceful and/or wildly zany lines and offers. The joy for an audience is the totally unexpected directions that the scenes often go off into and the skill of the actors to complete the required action within a time frame with such glorious aplomb. This is really a celebration of actors and acting.
The extravaganza will have three presentations on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October at 7.30 pm and Sunday 23rd October matinee at 2.00 pm. The presentations will be run as a competition with a number of teams of improvisers playing against the clock being given a wide range of theatre game challenges. The American TV comedy show Whose Line is it Anyway follows a similar format. We will have three judges with George Seymour, the Fraser Coast mayor being our guest judge together with experienced local theatre actors/directors, Judith La Forest and Taylor Dunn, rounding out the judging team.
This is the third year that Death in a Minute
has been staged, returning to popular demand. As each show is wildly different you can be guaranteed a great new show, with a mixture of some new performers and seasoned players, favourites from previous years, as well as some new games and always different setups.
Bookings are open on the Z-PAC theatre website: www.zpactheatre.com.au