Find their funny bone, new improv group advises local churches
A new Christian improv group is looking to help churches use humour as a tool for reaching their communities. Russ Bravo spoke to Non de Script founder DAVE KIRKLAND ...
A new Christian improv group is looking to help churches use humour as a tool for reaching their communities. Russ Bravo spoke to Non de Script founder DAVE KIRKLAND
How did it start?
I work at a Christian Arts Centre in Raynes Park, SW London, where I attended an acting course for a number of terms. This had a large focus on developing improv skills, which I found myself to be proficient at. I initially thought about joining a Christian improv group, but couldn't find one, so I decided to set one up. This was back in 2011.
Where is it based?
I am based in south-west London, but we will be able to travel the city and further afield. We have done shows in Stevenage and Southampton.
What sort of resource are you offering?
We provide a comedy show that is completely made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions. It is a family friendly-evening filled with humour, stories and sketches, with a decent amount of silliness.
What is your vision for seeing improv used in outreach events etc?
It is my very strong conviction that humour needs to be redeemed, and non de script seeks to try and do this. One other project I am currently starting to plan is a network of Christian comics.
Churches need to be able to provide events that people would be willing to come to, and humour is something which, used effectively, can provide a bridge between a church and the local community. It isn't the only thing available to us, but it is one thing that we don't use. Having a sense of humour is something that we get being made in God's image, and I would love more Christians to recognise this.
If we do an outreach event, then we would be willing to present a short gospel message linked to humour or improv too.
Do you have a website or Facebook page?
The website is www.non-de-script.co.uk and the group are on Facebook and Twitter, too.