The “Spice Girls of improv” return for a fourth triumphant year in their five-star, sell-out, totally improvised musical comedy Notflix. Inspired by audience suggestions, the all-female cast improvise the musical version of your favourite films, creating movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a full live band. Notflix: Originals is in Edinburgh at the Gilded Balloon Teviot for the month of August, so The Fountain spoke with the cast about what to expect from the show.
TF: Notflix certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise?
Notflix is a totally improvised musical based on a movie suggested by the audience. We don’t recreate the plot of that film in its entirety, mostly because our knowledge of actual movies is sketchy to say the least. Instead we take what the audience say about it, our own patchy knowledge, and add a big bucket of musical theatre to the mix, turning it into something much camper and dare I say usually better than the source material.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I created Notflix as a response to the fact that five years ago there were very few all female improvisation shows, and even now I think we are still the only show to have an all-female cast, band, and production team. As well as creating opportunities for funny women, I felt there was a real gap in the market for the fast, fearless, political improv shows that are so prevalent in the US that we just didn’t seem to have here and consequently Notflix was born. Baby Wants Candy – the Chicago based improvised musical are a huge influence on us, as are showstopper who have been incredibly generous to us and with whom we share musicians. Notflix aims to fill the middle ground between these two shows – hopefully we do so pretty well.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
We are pretty much fringe veterans now, as this is our fourth year, the second in the wonderful Debating Hall. Fringe tips – I know it’s almost impossible to do it, but when you are singing 25 shows in a row, you can’t drink, eat unhealthily and stay up too late. In fact we are pretty terrible Fringe-ers actually, so don’t listen to any of this. Instead, see everything, do everything, then finally get some sleep on the 27th of August.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Notflix?
Notflix is pretty much an all consuming passion, so at the moment the future involves more touring and hopefully getting the show to the US next year. And in the pipeline (debuting at the fringe this year) is the sister show to Notflix, Les Quizerables, which is a late night sing along musical theatre pub quiz, which is less improvised and more pissed, which hopefully will be in residency in London post fringe.
You can see Notflix: Originals at Gilded Balloon Teviot from 2nd – 26th August at 18:00. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com