Improv Drop-In: Thursday 21 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Whose Line 

Brought to you by Nick.

The eponymous game of the amazing improv radio and TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a staple of shortform shows and one of my favourite games of all time. I love it because of the apparent randomness the lines throw into a scene, and the justification required to make them fit. Also we’ve got a workshop with Whose Line star, Mike McShane coming up in May and what better excuse could we possibly need to play this game?!

This week we’re going to absolutely thrash Whose Line into a state of perfection. Join us, and bring a pen – we’re gonna need more lines.


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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SMASH NIGHT! | WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2019

 

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 7 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Finding a Tree in a Wood 

Brought to you by Jack.

Sometimes we get suggestions that are generic or don’t pique our interest enough to get our comedy flowing. This week’s workshop is about generating ideas as a group before scenes begin, to help us find that thing that is unusual and interesting from the most mundane of suggestions. We will look at parts of the “pattern game” opening to generate ideas, and label the game of the scene so that we can do all the heavy lifting at the top of the scene, leaving the rest of the time for fun!

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

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 28 February 2019

This week’s drop-in: All By Myself – Soloprov Made Easy! 

Brought to you by Emily.

We all know improv is a team sport, but what happens on those rare occasions when you find yourself completely alone on stage? Do you panic? Freeze up? Flee? NO! You take a deep breath and make the stage your own!

In this drop-in we’ll be working on sustaining yourself on stage through emotional choices, physicality, and playing from truth! With some handy monologue tips, you’ll be “to be or not to be”-ing like Hamlet in no time!

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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SMASH NIGHT! | WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019

 

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 21 February 2019

This week’s drop-in: Super Agreement 

Brought to you by Richard.

So there is an improviser named Katy Schutte (author of a great book called The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook) who wrote about the improv phenomenon of pimping as follows:

“When we ask someone to ‘read that poem you’ve been working on’ or ‘do that dance’ we call it Pimping. Pimping is making someone do something they are likely uncomfortable with for the audience to enjoy.”

It can be hilarious, but it’s not necessarily the best way to interact with our scene partners (though knowing someone can, and will, deliver a fresh limerick on demand is spectacular). There is more to a scene than getting laughs for awkward challenges. There are other and kinder ways to offer opportunities to our team mates.

So for this drop in I want to play with how we give offers and how we receive them. It will be forced to begin with, opening up to let people do what they want as things go on.

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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SMASH NIGHT! | WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019

 

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 16 August 2018

This week’s drop-in: It Takes Two

Brought to you by Emily.

**Please note the change of venue: we are now at the Lacehouse**

Scenes between two characters are easily the most common kind of scenes we do, so what can we do to make them look interesting to an audience? Believe it or not, watching two characters just standing and chatting can easily be more entertaining than watching an entire stage of madcap antics. But there are tricks to making your two-person scenes engaging, and some of these tricks will be taught to you tonight!

Covering projection, stage-craft, and object work, this workshop will help elevate your two person scenes from just two people having a chat to two characters holding an entire room in the palm of their hand!

Thursday 16 August 2018
7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Lacehouse
Broadway | The Lace Market | Nottingham | NG1 1PS

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