Special guest Victoria Bang at Glenn Hall’s Improv Club


Glenn Hall.
Glenn Hall.

UNSCRIPTED theatre is a rare art form that shares a magical moment with an audience only once.

“It’s special because deep down people know this isn’t going to happen in this way ever again,” Just Improvise director, teacher and performer Glenn Hall said.

“There’s a shared experience between performers and the audience and even though the audience sit in their chairs and enjoy the show, it’s not a passive experience for them.”

Hall, who lives in Floreat and lecturers at WAAPA, is in Canberra for his 11th year in a row at the annual Improvention Festival, dedicated to the art of improvisation.

He will return with special guest performer Victoria Bang from Sweden for an Improv Club pop-up show at Quintilian School, Mt Claremont, on Sunday, July 17.

The first half of the evening will feature emerging talent, including a few of Hall’s WAAPA students, while the second half will make way for Hall, Bang, Chris Bedding and Esther Longhurst to bring some unpredictability to the stage.

“I first met Victoria in Germany a couple of years ago,” Hall said.

“The Swedes are fantastic improvisers because they seem like a happy lot but there’s an edge of darkness to them.

“She performs in a show called Improvision (improvised Eurovision) so I’m going to take her to meet my music theatre students to work with them on improvised singing, which is just about the most impressive thing you can do.”

Hall said Improv Club was a rounded theatrical experience and not about playing for comedy.

“I’ve done a lot of comedy and improvised comedy over the years, but first and foremost I consider myself more of an actor than a comedian,” Hall said.

“And we want to attract an audience which is looking for a laugh, but also something perhaps a little sad and truthful because we play for this idea of truthful improvisation.

“Then we just see if it’s funny.”

It will be the second time Improv Club performs at Quintilian School, which Hall’s son Lysander attends, and he said he and his wife Vida Hustas hoped to continue using the venue for shows.

“Vida studied arts management and is the organisation part to my creative part,” Hall said.

“I certainly couldn’t do what I do without her. She seduced me with her organisational ways.”

Just Improvise also run public classes for adults and children.

Class information and Improv Club tickets at www.justimprovise.com.au.