Friendly Fire is an experimental training and performing company of improvisers, actors, dancers and musicians.
Our name stands for the gathering place where the first songs were sung, the first stories told and the first primates invented humanity, long time ago... It also stands for a wartime blue-on-blue hit, when your mate accidentally shot you in the back. This is in memory of all the amazing improvisation scenes killed in the nest to get a laugh. We try to do the opposite. Listening so much, caring so much and getting in such a state of synchronicity that it'd make a tree hugging hippy wana puke.
Past and present performers include Roderick Millar, Joanne Gibso (tuba), Fiona Nitsche, Kevin Plummer (guitare), Liam O'Neill, Noreena Hertz, Niel Goulder, Szilvia Kaczkó Keffert, Benni Lehne, Debbie Kent, Rachael Perrin (clarinet), Jenni Parkinson (marimba), Roddy Skeaping (all instruments), Remy Betrand (artictic director) and more...
Past shows include
The Miller, The horse etc. (2012) SlapBash big impro jam at the Old Vic Tunnels, London, May 2011, The Illusion of Art at the Courtyard Theatre, London, April 2011, The Interpretation of Dreams at The Miller, London, March, April and May 2011, The Interpretation of Dreams at the New Red Lion, London, March 2011, Beauty and the Best (invisible Theatre), South Bank, London, November 2010, The Interpretation of Dreams at The Miller, London, October 2010, The Interpretation of Dreams at the Old Vic Tunnels, London, July 2010, The Meaning of Art at the Courtyard Theatre, London, April 2010, Theatre Sports Cup at the Cockpit Theatre, London, April 2010, Once we were friends, Tristan Bath Theatre, London, January 2010, The Performance Poets Motorclub at the Space, London, November 2009, Say A Word, Gibberish and The Dark Stuff at the Clerkenwell Theatre, London, July 2009, Theatre Sports Cup at the Cockpit theatre, London, May 2009.
We are continuously recruiting dedicated participants to perform with us. If you're not experienced, please check the many workshops we organise for beginners and improvers there. If you've been taking our classes for a wile, or if you are an experienced actor, musician or dancer and would like to create meaningful work in the company of others, then you might enjoy training with us. A space to experiment and research new formats and new ways to collaborate, pushing the art of improvisation to its limits.
The entry point to perform with us is to take an advanced weekend workshop. If you
never ever worked with us before, the first morning act as an audition which works both
way (i.e. you as well as us can realise that we're not ready to work together). In the
rare occurrence of blatant incompatibility, you'll get a full refund (no catch). Once you're in you get to perform in the following show and receive profit share and further discount (see details). So book an advanced weekend or come to Wednesdays' advanced class yo.
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