Match Report: Tj and Dave

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Everyone knows they are two of the best in the world, right? The improvisers’ improviser and the actor who can really improvise. They don’t take a suggestion, they swap characters, they talk about soup for an hour. They improvise a play and it’s a miracle. TJ and Dave is one of the shows that people speak of in whispered hushed …

The Nursery Podcast #21: Dummy II

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Dummy are Coleen Doyle and Jason Shotts are Dummy, an LA-based duo with Chicago roots. They headlined the Slapdash festival in 2014 and were in London in February to teach the iO intensive. They both teach at iO West, where Colleen is currently Co-Artistic Director. In this podcast, they talk to Jules about acting, how improv made them better people …

Working together and working apart

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Hello folks. Here is a joint statement from the Nursery and C3Something. Have a read and mail us on mail@thenurserytheatre.com or improv@c3something.com or hit us up on all of our respective social media channels! From the Nursery: London is exploding with diversity and quality in improvisation. With Harolds and Armandos, freeform, musical, duos, game and organic, comedy and theatre, lectures and …

So what’s new?

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Ah, the New Year. A good opportunity to take a breath and reflect on all of the things you are doing. And to set idealistic goals for the months to come. I have not had a cigarette in 13 days and have even being exercising fairly regularly. This is not really a blog, just a gathering together of a few …

The Nursery Podcast #20 – Slapdash Special: Will Luera and Dave Sawyer

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In the last of the long-awaited Slapdash Specials, Jules talks to Will and Dave from Big Bang about empowerment, play and the origins of Freeform Improv. Dave Sawyer is an improviser and producer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed at over 40 comedy festivals around the world and is a touring member of the internationally renowned Big Bang Improv. …

The Nursery Podcast #19 – Slapdash Special: Trent Pancy

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Trent is the man for English Speaking Improv is Finland. He is head of Improv International and founded the Finland International Improvisation Festival. In this podcast he talks to Jules about improvising in other languages, what Finnish humour looks like and why some people want training to hurt. They also re-open the ‘It it art?’ debate. **Follow us on itunes, …

In Praise of Causality

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This is a companion piece to a recent blog on the topic of feedback, partially in response to some people’s responses to it on social media, and partially because it occurred to me that while I had discussed the how of improving your connection with other improvisers, I had not really addressed why that was a worthwhile task in the …

The Nursery Podcast #18 – Slapdash Special: Alex Berg

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In the second of this year’s Slapdash Specials, we caught up with Alex Berg to talk about negative experience, his military history of Game of Thrones and why he has problems with the word ‘art’. Alex spends the bulk of his waking hours writing, acting, and improvising. Currently, he performs with UCB house teams Sentimental Lady and Convoy, as well …