Improv Theatre Sydney lets its leading lights loose in the world of Tennessee Williams.
A Streetcar Named Hot Tin Menagerie is the brainchild of ITS faculty Anna Renzenbrink and ITS company director Cale Bain.
While it is common to see Fringe performers parody popular styles like Shakespeare or Sherlock Holmes, the team were more interested in being faithful to their chosen writer.
“Parody can often be shallow and relies on clichés and gags, but the style of Tennessee Williams is so rich, so it’s much more exciting and interesting as performers to really delve into the style and play faithfully within it,” says the show’s producer, Maddie Parker.
In order for audiences to take improvised theatre seriously, the actors have to do the same. Creating a show faithful to a particular style demands the artists to take the work as seriously as actors working on a scripted piece; mastering the dialect, dramatic beats and narrative tropes.