Acting up in Kuching
DO YOU REMEMBER ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’? The show is a long-running improvisational comedy show consisting of four performers who create dialogues, acting out scenes and making up songs on the spot, otherwise simply known as ‘improv’.
Drew Carey played the host and always opened the show with “Welcome to ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ the show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.”
Cue whatever line he wrote that week: “That’s right, the points are just like plot-lines in a porno film. They just don’t matter.”
The points may not have mattered, but fun was had at the first ever Act Up, Kuching! gathering that saw 20 people gathering to act out and play a series of improv games similar to those on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
The event was held on Nov 15 at INDAH, a café and art gallery located at Upper China Street.
To take the lead and echo Carey’s famous “Take it away!” was Sze-Lyn Poh, one of the organisers for Act Up, Kuching!
Poh said the idea of Act Up, Kuching! came up during an outing with three friends last September.
Since INDAH was willing to provide a venue, the group of friends started to promote the event online and had no expectation of how many would turn up.
“The idea for today was to let loose, have fun and laugh,” she said to everybody before the games began.
The number one rule for the event is that EVERYONE plays.
“All these games are designed to react to other people’s lines,” Poh said. “That is why it is important to have chemistry between the players. From there on, it’s just to have fun with that.”
Since some of the participants were unfamiliar with each other, they started with a few ice-breaking games.
One of the ice-breaking games was the Human Knot game where all the participants stand in a circle with their hands in, and then each person grabs another person’s random hand.
The puzzle the whole group has to work out together, is how to get untangled.
Typically, the group is supposed to be able to untangle themselves, but not for the members of Act Up, Kuching! that day.
After more than 10 minutes, the knot was only untangled when Poh announced it was enough ice-breaking for the group because “the human puzzle Act Up, Kuching! version was unsolvable.”
The Martha Game saw everybody divided into two groups. Each person in that group takes turns running into the empty space, striking a pose and announcing what they are, like “I’m a tree.” One by one, each player runs in and strikes another pose and object, playing off the scene that is building until the whole group forms a ‘picture’.
Another game people will remember from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ was a game called ‘Props’.
A prop was provided and the floor was open to participants to act out short scenes using their prop in their own unique way.
Party Quirks is played with four members, one as the party host and the other three as guests. Each guest is assigned a particular quirk and acts it out, while the host has to guess what they are.
Imagine giving a press conference but you have no idea what the announcement was all about.
In Press Conference, one member has to give an announcement while the other three members act as reporters.
The announcer has to deduce the subject of the press conference from the questions the reporters ask.
The afternoon at INDAH was filled with tears of laughter, and the energy exuded from all the fun even attracted a tourist from the United Kingdom who had first come in as a spectator ended up playing too.
Judging by the photos, everyone who joined the first ever Act Up, Kuching! did let loose, have fun and a laugh.