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Blind Ambition

12 October 2020

Emma Ross is one of Vision Australia Radio Perth’s staunch volunteers and has recently launched her new podcast, The Bat Pack, a guide to improv comedy for people who are blind or have low vision.

As many cues are physical and visual in this form of theatre, Emma aims to walk the listener through other ways to riff with fellow performers.

Episode one of The Bat Pack gives us a brief history of improv comedy and very quickly settles into what amounts to a “you can do it” lesson/soothing pep-talk.

Vision Australia Radio Perth volunteer Emma Ross in studio

“Don’t worry about being funny. That’s as simple as I can put it. Once you start worrying about being funny, or trying to shoehorn jokes into a scene, you lose the essence of the fluid exchange of information that is taking place.

“Funny things organically happen all the time, to, and around you, and the same is so for improv.” Emma says.

“If you’re too busy in your head, you’ll miss what’s happening in the present moment,” says Emma, which is great advice for the aspiring improv actor (and for life in general).

The Bat Pack is written and produced by Emma Ross, you can find it on iTunes and Spotify. As they say at the end of every great podcast, rate, review and subscribe. 5 stars Emma!