Improv Jam – Thursday 17 November 2016

This week’s jam: The Gift of Giving

The jam is brought to you by Parky.gift

There is one key aim of improv that sometimes we tend to forget:

“Your job in a scene is not to look good: it is to make your scene partner look good.”

The easiest way to do this is to be collaborative and to give your scene partner gifts. If you ask “Who are you?” (a terrible choice) you throw 100% of the responsibility for the scene onto your scene partner’s shoulders. They have to do all the work.

Imagine if someone did that to you in a scene. You’d be annoyed that your scene partner had abdicated all responsibility for the direction of the scene.

Instead, what if you gave them a gift. What if you said “Oh, Susan, you know that I love coming to your bakery because you make the finest scones this side of Huddersfield”? What does your scene partner have to do then? Nothing. They just have to listen – and then be Susan, the best scone baker this side of Huddersfield. That bit is easy.

Our aim in the jam is to be nice to our scene partners and to provide them with gifts. Help them out, and they might help you out too. Use names, imbue character detail, get to the nitty-gritty of “who, what, where” quickly.

No-one remembers whether you were any good in a scene – they just remember whether the scene as a whole was any good. Let’s remember that, and work together to bring joy.

Thursday 17 November 2016

7.30 – 9.30pm
The Malt Cross
We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar
16 St James’s St
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
Find it!
£5 / 3 concessions

 

Improv Jam – Thursday 20 October 2016

This week’s jam: Inspiration for Character

improv comedyThis week’s jam is brought to you by Parky.

The suggestion that you receive at the beginning of a scene is designed as inspiration, not direction. The idea is that your brain is sparked into life by that word, and that you use it to generate something interesting.

This week, we’re going to create characters in scenes using a hat full of physical, mental and other traits. The idea is that your character in each scene will be inspired by something you pull out of the hat. For example, you might pull out “ponytail”. Clearly your scene won’t be about the ponytail, but it will have an impact on the type of character you create in the scene.

Inspiration, not direction.

Lots of open scenes, with random characters generated from suggestions in the hat. Fun!

Thursday 20 October 2016

7.30 – 9.30pm
The Malt Cross
We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar
16 St James’s St
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
Find it!
£5 / 3 concessions