Tuesday October 24, 2017
How Rebecca Northan is bringing spontaneity to theatre
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Rebecca Northan's first foray into spontaneous theatre — a hybrid of structured and improvised theatre — was a one-woman show called Blind Date. There, she dressed up as a clown named Mimi and performed an entire play opposite a randomly chosen audience member as her date. It was a breakout hit and has since become an international production, with Northan starring in approximately 400 of them. Now, Northan is back with a new production called Undercover that involves one "grizzled cop" and one "audience-member-turned-rookie-detective" teaming up to solve a mystery.
Northan stops by q today, to discuss spontaneous theatre, the thrill of working with strangers and her upcoming project.
— Produced by Cora Nijhawan