Improv Drop-In: Thursday 28 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Specific/Explicit 

Brought to you by Ben.

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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SMASH NIGHT! | WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2019

 

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 21 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Whose Line 

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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

 

The Sound of Improv

James Dalby, our resident sound wizard and astonishingly musical fellow is running this week’s jam. Alongside it he’s prepared this remarkable blog post about sound effects for us. Enjoy!

CONTENTS

Introduction – The properties of sound effects and the qualities it can represent in the creative arts

Sound Effects & Improv – Techniques of analysis and association of sounds

Player Cooperation – Guidance tips between sound and stage players in an improv scene

The Jam – A quick guide to the Missimp Jam on Sound Effects night

Examples – A list of video clips associated with paragraphs in this article

 

INTRO

Sound effects have a lot in common with music, and both have a language of their own. Such properties they share include…

SHORT or LONG

MULTIPLE or SINGULAR

ACCELERATING or DECELERATING

fading IN or OUT

THIN or THICK

HIGH or LOW pitched

LOUD or QUIET

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