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Improv event returns

Bermuda is an Island the size of a flea, and yet every year we divide ourselves in half, each side talking trash and bragging about our particular end. It's all a bit silly, and fun, which is what makes Cup Match in Bermuda a ripe time for a good laugh.

Improv comedy teacher Toby Butterfield is holding the third annual Improv Comedy Cup Match next week to raise money for local charities. Last year, she raised over $5,000 and this year she hopes to raise even more for The Family Centre, Impact Mentoring Academy the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society Charitable Trust.

“We sold out last year,” said organiser Ms Butterfield, “which is why we are encouraging people to get their tickets now.”

She considered changing locations to accommodate more people, but decided against it because the cosy, intimate atmosphere at the Daylesford works so well.

“There is a lot of cheering and everyone has a good view,” she said.

During the event, six improv comedians are divided into teams of three. One is called Stunnerset, and the other is St Gorgeous. They are each given topics to improvise on, not always on the topic of Cup Match.

“What we want to use about Cup Match is the team spirit and the fact that if we live in Bermuda we love it as a holiday,” said Ms Butterfield. “That is what we are borrowing from. We want to encourage people to come and wear their Cup Match colours and holler for their teams. Sometimes we have to sing with no planning and we are prepared to do that and look foolish for charity.”

Ms Butterfield said even people working in the lighting booth would be improvising.

The event targets adults and is recommended for people over the age of 14 years old. Tickets are $25, but patrons can choose to pay more $40 or $60 to support our charities.

“If you pay $60 for your ticket you get to call yourself an angel,” said Ms Butterfield.

Tickets are available from wwwbdatix.bm.

There will be an invite-only show on Wednesday, July 16 and public shows on July 17 and 18.

Ms Butterfield teaches improv comedy workshops and is about to relaunch her business Improv Bermuda under the name Laughter Works. Laughter Works will offer classes and shows and will be available for hire to perform privately or publicly or to conduct team building organisations.

For more information see www.facebook.com/improvbermuda/info.

Toby Butterfield

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Published July 09, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated July 09, 2014 at 10:02 am)

Improv event returns

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