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Improvisation tutor Luke Sorba: ‘Don’t focus on getting it right – focus on getting it done’

Luke Sorba. Photo: The Comedy School Luke Sorba. Photo: The Comedy School
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How did you start off in theatre? 

I started off at school, working on plays as an actor and writer. Then I got into amateur drama as a writer and director as well as an actor. From there, I went into stand-up comedy and became a comedy improviser on what was then known as the alternative comedy circuit.

What your best advice for performing students today? 

Don’t focus on getting it right – focus on getting it done. Commit and trust that something of value will emerge.

What would you change about training in the UK? 

I would level the financial playing field. When I learned my craft, it was at cheap evening classes subsidised by the council and other public bodies.

What is the best part of your job? 

The people I meet. All of them.

And your least favourite? 

Worrying about the next pay cheque. But it’s worth it.

Who are the practitioners you admire the most – and who should students be looking up to? 

Those who believe in what they do. Those who dare to try new stuff. Those who are also engaged in society outside their profession.

What is the one skill that every successful theatre professional should have?

It isn’t a skill, it’s an attitude: respecting others. Theatre is a collaboration and everybody involved is important.

Luke Sorba was talking to John Byrne. Further details of courses and community-based projects: thecomedyschool.com

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