No Improv Drop-In: Thursday 25 April 2019 – Social Instead!

This week’s drop-in social: A Mayan Adventure

Brought to you by Ben.

Due to the ongoing work at the Malt Cross, we aren’t able to get to our normal room this week so it’s high time we had another social!

After the last time was so much fun we are going to go back to the Cornerhouse mini golf course. Afterwards we will head to a nearby pub for drinks/food/etc. We will meet at the Cornerhouse at 7.30pm, and head down to the golf at 7.45pm. Games usually take a bit less than an hour so we will have lots of time to chat afterwards as well.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. For next week’s drop-in we’ll be back up at The Castle pub.

We have to quote from their website, because it is amuse:

Perfect for budding explorers and adventurers of all ages, The Lost City houses two separate 18 hole indoor adventure golf courses – The Sacred Skull Pass and The Temple Trail!

Experience the challenge of playing amid a thunder and lightning storm on our “carpeted” greens, risking our venomous snake and alligator, talking idols and crumbling walls. Both courses have been designed to be wheelchair user friendly so all adventurers can play! Plus, if you can keep a steady nerve to the end and satisfy our Sacred Skull or Temple God – much Inca Gold will come your way…

So yeah – that’s Thursday! Do note that golfing will cost £8 per head.

Thursday 25 April 2019 | 7.30pm | Price £8.00 full £6.00 senior/student £5.00 disabled for le golf sportif
The Lost City Adventure Golf (basically the cellar)
The Cornerhouse | Burton St | Nottingham | NG1 4DB

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 18 April 2019

HEADS UP! We are not at Malt Cross for the next few weeks as they’ve got a hideous flooding problem to resolve! Instead, we’re upstairs at The Castle pub this week. Plus there is no drop-in next week (25 April) – we’ll be sorting out some social fun instead.

This week’s drop-in: Contrasting Views 

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Contrast is a lovely thing that we randomly apply to our photos on Instagram, but in improv it can be even more satisfying. Presenting differences of opinion and direction in scenes provides pleasing textural contrast in a show, sometimes in wildly different characters, pace of scene or location. Sometimes seeing the consequences of activity in the previous scene, or the people who are affected by what’s happened deepen and emphasise what has come before. This week we’re going to play some short form games which have contrast baked right into them, and look at how we can intentionally provide counterpoints and contrast in more free-flowing scenes.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
― John Steinbeck

7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Castle (upstairs) | 1 Castle Road | Nottingham | NG1 6AA

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Gorilla Burger – Improvised Comedy Carnage – Thursday 11 April 2019

Gorilla Burger – Mad March!

“April hallelujah, for this is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts.”

― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

LET’S GO! It’s time for our monthly bout of joy – slinging names and games in and out of the hat to produce a super-low key, maximum-fun jam show!

This month, Nick will direct the action, leading players into our new long-form sections as well as the jam. Alongside the usual names and games being drawn from a hat, in each half there will also be a seven-person, ten minute longform slot. If you’re in a longform slot, you’re not in the hat of names and vice versa for that half – more playtime for everyone! Sign up for the longform teams will be first come, first served, right at the start before the show begins – so make sure you’re there early enough…

New to all this? Ace. If you fancy having a go, we’ll pop your name in a hat with some other fabulous folk. When we draw your name it will be time to shine! We’ll pop you in a game or a scene with some of those aforementioned fabulous folk, and comedy will ensue, honest! Of course, you don’t have to perform! You can remain happily anonymous in the audience, settle back with a pint, and enjoy the show.

The Malt Cross | 16 St James’s Street | Nottingham | NG1 6FG
7.30pm | £5 / £3 concessions

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 4 April 2019

This week’s drop-in: Let’s Monologue 

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“Alas, poor Yorick…” sure, that’s more of a soliloquy, but you get the idea. We use monologues in improv as the inspiration for different kinds of improv show, from the very brief personal glimpses at the beginning of the Smash Night Social Club, to the longer and richer monologues that begin an Armando (as seen in The Vox Pops at Nonsuch Theatre on Sat 20 April…)

They’re fascinating and often personal things, monologues, and there are as many ways to use them as there are to deliver them. This week we’ll be exploring the content of a good monologue, and how to extract fun and interesting scene ideas out of them. Expect: monologues, group scenes, non-threatening personal revelations, funny stories and related hijinks.

7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 28 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Specific/Explicit 

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

Two improvisers get up on stage. They spend the first half of the scene interacting with what might be a relationship or a premise, and it’s clear nobody really knows what’s going on! It’s a really common route for improv to go down. Folks like these are suffering from a lack of specifics.

This week we’re going to make sure we are making our scenes really, really clear. We will be establishing everything in a way that the players and audience can understand. This has the knock on effect that our fellow improvisers are clued in on what they can play with, and the smallest actions get bigger effects because we can see what they mean.

Expect naming! Calling out actions! And a whole load of scenes!


7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

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