Wonder Frog began life in April 2011, when Aaron, Colin, Frazer, and a few other students from an improv class formed a group called "Yes, And...", performing short sets at nights around Belfast, (and picking up Saskia along the way). Then in September 2012, as they finally realised "Yes, And.." was a confusing name, they became "Wonder Frog" instead, in time for a hour show at the Black Box for the Belly Laughs Festival. This went well, so they continued doing hour shows every month in the Black Box. Emma and Marcus later joined in December 2012, Saskia left in October 2013, Kieran and Michelle joined in January 2014, Colin and Michelle left in August 2014, Teresa and Vicky joined in November 2014, Emma left in December 2014, resulting in the lineup you see today.
Meet the frogs:
In the past few years, Aaron has: performed standup comedy to audiences medium and small around the country; written, directed and produced some short films; produced a short film festival; sold out to the man by acting in tv commercials; been an unsavoury looking extra on Game of Thrones; hurt his back working on a feature film set in prison; designed all the Wonder Frog posters and website (generally several weeks after they're due).
He is also the other half of FRAM!, a 2 man improv team with Frazer Robb.
Frazer Robb is a founding member of improvNI, a group for the promotion of improvisation in Northern Ireland. He has trained at the world famous iO theatre in Chicago,and teaches workshops and classes.
As well as Wonder Frog, Frazer also performs one half of FRAM! a 2 man improv team, with Aaron Marshall.
Marcus Keeley is a stand up comedian and founder of "Voicebox Comedy", Northern Ireland's only amateur alternative comedy show. He performs regularly in the UK and has gigged in many teeming cultural metropolises such as Dublin, Paris and Norwich.
Vicky first came across improv over 10 years ago, becoming a member of a group in Bristol and training with London based group The Spontaneity Shop. She has taken part in Maestro Impro and vastly enjoyed a Masterclass with Keith Johnstone (http://www.keithjohnstone.com/). Vicky also studied Acting for TV, Film & Radio at East 15 Acting School and did a bit of film and theatre before heading off to Burma to have a wild adventure and 2 kids. She’s new to Belfast, Northern Ireland and Wonderfrog and loves her new home, especially getting to grips with the accent, the buses and the craic.
Colin has acted his way across London, Cambridge and Belfast and taken leading roles at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals. He has also founded improv groups in Cambridge and Belfast. Colin confesses he loves improv because it occasionally allows him to live out his fantasy of being a pirate, and there are not many of those in Wilde or Shakespeare.
Emma trained at LAMDA for 3 years. On returning to Belfast she worked extensively for the Comedy Unit in BBC NI developing characters on Radio for 'Don't Make me Laugh' 'The Ulster Way' and for BBC 1 she did two series of the sketch show 'Dry your Eyes'. Also pays the bills doing voice overs and various stage shows.
Saskia first tried improv in 2008 on a year abroad on Germany, but couldn’t really speak German so spent most of the time miming and accidentally saying rude things. Her style hasn’t changed much since.
Saskia was a founder member of Wonder Frog, and left after moving to London in October 2013.