We have a fantastic opportunity for young people ages 15-18 this summer – for the first time we’re running a series of workshops to introduce you to the sheer delights and fun of improvised comedy!
If you’ve ever wondered how to spin stories and comedy like the teams on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Murder In Successville and Outnumbered, this is a great place to start! In a positive and relaxed two hour session, you’ll play a series of games in a group to get to grips with the basics of improv.
Youth Drama and Improv Workshops (for ages 15 – 18) Dates: 14th August, 21st August, 28th August Time: 1pm – 3pm on all dates Venue:The Milk Lounge, Beeston, NG9 1FQ Price: £3 for one session
This week’s drop-in: Knowing Me, Knowing You (Aha!)
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How many scenes have you witnessed where more than half of it deals with the two people actually meeting for the first time? Saying ‘hello’, finding out what people’s names are, and how they are doing is rarely the most important bit of a scene. What we really want to get to is the juicy bit – what these people are up to, where they are, and how they know each other.
So, we’re going to repeat one of the most productive sessions we do. Every scene will start half way through, meaning that you’re already part of the way through a conversation, and past all the ‘hello, how are you?’ stage.
What does this do? It means we get to the action faster. It means that you start your scene with the assumption that you know information and details about your scene partner. There’s at least a three minute back-story, (and often a lot more).
An evening of watching the middle, interesting bit of scenes. Lovely.
Thursday 6 April 2017 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
There are lots of different ways of creating interesting characters in improv. You can be inspired by your scene partner, inspired by the name you’re given, or inspired by a particular emotion or physical trait.
One fun way to create interesting characters that are often slightly different from yourself is through your voice. Adopting an unusual accent, a strange vocal tic or simply pitching your voice higher or lower can turn you into a completely different character.
Ever tried starting a scene with a West Country accent? Or as a Dane? Or spoken ever-so-posh because your scene partner calls you Wing Commander Smithers in their opening line?
That’s what we’ll be doing this week: experimenting with voices and accents to create memorable characters using nothing but our mouths.
Thursday 30 March 2017 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
We’re throwing a weekend devoted to learning the legendary, mysterious and exhilarating Harold. It’s the improv show format created by Del Close and Charna Halpern in Chicago and has become the signature form of Improv Olympic (iO) and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the two biggest homes of improvised theatre anywhere.
What is it? Well… it’s a structure for linking scenes together and ultimately producing a single unified and spectacular show, with endless variation and possibility. It’s definitely worth spending a weekend on! And, you lucky devils, we’ve got our own Ben Macpherson to immerse you in the Harold to the point of drowning and leave you gasping with delight.
Interested in improv, performance and working collaboratively with others? This is for you.
We’re delighted to announce our first improv comedy course in Derby! In association with Furthest From The Sea Comedy & Artsat The Maypole we’re bringing the joy of improvisational theatre to you. The course runs right up to the Derby Comedy Festival in which you’ll get a chance to perform and see more improv too.
Want to be funny, spontaneous and creative?
This introduction to improvised comedy takes you into games, exercises and techniques for exploring and developing your comedy self. Ideal for anyone with a theatre, comedy or creative mind with a sense of fun.
Maybe you’ve done some improv before but would like the chance to be focussed like a laser on your core skills; maybe you’ve never done anything like it before and want to do something cool, fun and new; maybe you’ve done a bit of theatre or stand up and fancy boosting all of those skills at the same time… this is for you.
The next Level 1 improvised comedy course starts on Tuesday 22nd March 2016! LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Classes will run from 7pm – 10pm on six consecutive Tuesday nights in central Derby Instructor: Nick Tyler Cost: Only £95 in total for the six weeks Class size: 12 maximum