|Barnaby Oliver, Gemma Horbury, Improv Idol|
photo Rick Evertz
Described as “one part talent show, one part improvisation laboratory,” Clinton Green’s Improv Idol premiered in 2015 with powerful performances, a spirited audience and a team of incisive, wickedly witty judges: Carolyn Connors, Ian Parsons and Sean Baxter. You’ll find video excerpts from the 2015 event on the Improv Idol website.
2015 Improv Idol winner Gemma Horbury joins Connors and Baxter on the 2016 judging panel.
The 2016 cache of contestants—Roger Alsop, Aviva Endean, Rod Gregory, Carey Knight, Derek McCormack, Michael McNab, Roni Shewan and Adam Simmons—represents a diversity of formal and improvisatory talent ranging across sound design, classical contemporary, sound art, song and jazz and on a rich variety of instruments.
For all Improv Idol’s inherent sense of fun, this lineup of artists should make for some serious competition. Read about the artists, the judges and contest rules here.
Improv Idol 2016, Wesley Anne Bar & Restaurant, 250 High St, Northcote, Melbourne, 8-11pm, 29 Sept
RealTime issue #134 Aug-Sept 2016 pg.
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