Let The Blood Run Free!
As with most of Australias successful TV comedy shows, Let The Blood Run Free was born in Melbourne cabaret. It began as an improvised soap opera about a decaying city hospital at the Le Joke comedy club. No scripts were written for the twice-nightly shows - it was improvised theatre in its purest form. But one constant did emerge - the role of the audience in shaping the destiny of the characters. At key points the action would be halted and the audience asked to vote on how the saga should proceed. This tactic gave a whole new meaning to the concept of audience participation.
of performers was established - "The Blood Group" who concentrated the 40 improvised episodes into a show which sold-out Melbourne's largest comedy theatre-restaurant: The Last Laugh.
By the end of the improv season a core
Let The Blood Run Free 2 introduced new storylines to packed houses at for nine weeks and became the first comedy show to earn a five star rating at the 1986 Adelaide Festival.
"Blood Capsule" in which the St. Christopher's staff took off into space on a mission to rescue Russian cosmonauts. It proved the hit show of the first Melbourne Comedy Festival in 1987.
ed The Blood Group runner-up prize for Comedy at the 1988 New York Radio Awards.
A radio adaptation earn
creating a television version. By sheer chance the cast were all available and the show premiered in August 1990. Australian television audiences had never seen anything like it.
In 1989 Ian McFadyen, creator of The Comedy Company approached the cast about
Worlds First Interactive Television Series.
The TV version of "Blood" preserved one important aspect of the original stage show - audience involvement. At the conclusion of each episode TV viewers were presented with two options as to what should happen in the next episode. Two telephone numbers were then shown on the screen: one for Option A, the other for Option B. Whichever number got the most calls was the direction the story would take making the series the world's first interactive television show.
The interactive process made tremendous demands on the skills of the cast. The show was taped on Saturdays and broadcast on Monday night. The phone poll closed on Tuesday night which meant that the cast did not know until Wednesday what was going to happen on next Saturday's episode. This gave the writers one day to adjust scripts for rehearsal on Thursday and Friday.
Let The Blood Run Free has been screened in over fifty countries worldwide and dubbed into seven languages. It remains one of the most original, most uninhibited and most insanely entertaining shows ever produced.
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|Jean Kittson - "Nurse Pam Sandwich"||Brian Nankervis - "Doctor Richard Good"|
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