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 …

Some feedback on feedback

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  I am teaching a class at the moment on Duos, or Twoprov, as we call them in the UK, shows with only two performers in them. It’s the first time i have taught it, and I had all kinds of complex plans about the skill sets and ideas I wanted to communicate. But this is improvisation, so that didn’t …

The Nursery Podcast #17 – Slapdash Special: Kevin Scott

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Kevin Scott was here for Slapdash and we grabbed him for a chat. Kevin is the founder of three renowned improv ensembles- Chicago’s Bang Bang, Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Kevin has been an educator and director for The Second City Training Center and People’s Improv Theater. He is also a thoroughly nice guy. In this podcast, he talks about The …

Match report: Slapdash International

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Running festivals is a question of how much planning you can do and what happens when that planning runs up against the things you can’t predict. The unknown unknowns. So let us just say that the day before and the first day of the festival were challenging. During that time, as some of you will know, Scott and Drew (Convoy) …

In Praise of Festivals

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When I started improvising, there were not really any regular shows in London. Spontaneity shop were doing occasional theatresports shows, the FA and Monkey Toast had yet to arrive and Hoopla was not much more than a drop in class in Balham. There was Grand Theft Impro every week at the Wheatsheaf, but that and the Showstoppers (still at the Kings …

The Nursery Podcast #16: Narrative And Expectation with Chris Mead

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In a first for the Nursery Podcast, this week Jules talks to Chris about narrative, expectations and what the audience wants. With special mentions of Mark Meer and PGraph. Chris performs with the Maydays and Project2. He directed Emtion Play as part of the Nursery Originals series and teaches for Hoopla and the Nursery. **Follow us on itunes, Soundcloud or …

The Nursery Podcast #15 – Chicago special: Adal Rifai

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Adal is a teacher and performer at iO and plays with Revolver (just like Jorin) and Whirled News Tonight. In this podcast, recorded in his office at iO, he shows Jules and Heather Jason Chin’s ashes and they talk about mentors, Harold teams and how to be a Brit in an American show. **Follow us on itunes, Soundcloud or MixCloud**  

The Nursery Podcast #14 – Chicago special: Jorin Garguilo

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Jorin is an improviser and teacher at iO and CIC. He performs with Friday night mainstage Harold team Revolver, as well as having played with Felt, the Scene and many other shows. He has been improvising since 1991. In this episode, Jorin talks to Jules and special guest Heather Urquhart about mastery, his strange name, and why what we do …