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Improviser of the month        August 2008

What is your name?
Cariad Lloyd.
Where do you live and work?
I live in North London, and mainly work in the rest of London.
What is your day job?
I'm an actor and also occasionally skilled but lazy temp.
How did you discover improvisation?
I did an impro show in Brighton while I was still at Uni. But I suppose before that was 'Who's line is it anyway?', which I used to record and then watch on a Saturday morning, like a small impro geek. I wanted to be Josie Lawrence. I'm not.
How do you practice improvisation?
I perform with my group 'The Institute' twice a month at the Canal Café Theatre in London, and also at more sporadic events with Ken Campbell, School of Night, and when other nice people ask me to join them.
How did you learn?
Well, the show in Brighton wasn't exactly 'learning', so when I moved to London I did a comedy impro course at City Lit with Mark Phoenix, who works with Fluxx. It was 10 weeks of covering the basics, and I also found Johnstone and started reading him a lot.
Any advice for beginners?
Do a course, attend workshops, read impro by Keith Johnstone. I think there are some really key basics that's it's great to get familiar with as soon as you can.
What is your favourite improvisation quote?
Well I like 'As in impro, as in life', just because it's so interesting to realise whatever you struggle with in life, comes out in impro, if you don't listen for example, it will show in your scenes, and how impro can help with to identify that, and even more amazingly change you.
The most satisfying story or scene you ever improvised in?
There have been a lot of amazing moments, but my favourite was at this year's London Improvathon. An amazing Canadian improviser called Kurt Smeaton was playing a croupier called Jeff Bouldernuts. But during scenes he kept slipping back into being Kurt saying he could see an audience and a theatre, and then going back to Jeff who thought he was in casino. It ended in him having a fight with himself, Jeff vs. Kurt over which reality was true, the theatre or the casino, till eventually he actually physically broke the fourth wall. It's hard to explain but it did result in me losing all concept of reality for the next 45 hours. To the point where I had to be carried off the stage as I seemed to think I was watching telly and could shout out when I thought things were going wrong.
Your favourite improvisation website
It has to be Crunchy Frog, as it's the only one that connects all the groups especially in London www.thecrunchyfrogcollective.com. But also http://improvencyclopedia.org is great if you want to find new games.
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