Four Forms

“The Nursery has had a massive impact on my development as an improviser and I’ve felt nothing but welcomed there.”

Longform improv shows are not maths problems to be solved, but ways to inspire the players in the scene. When we are free flowing and inspired, the format serves the scene and the scene serves the players. Forms make our lives easier, not harder.

In this course, you will be introduced to four different show formats from the Chicago longform school of improvisation. These forms help us to create complete, satisfying performances without being bitten by the plot monster. It is a whistle stop tour of ways to make shows, which includes two opportunities to perform at the beautiful new Nursery Theatre, Broadgate.

At the end of this course, you will have a set of tools and skills that can be applied to many different longform shows and jams. They will be confident with the differences between shows and have the confidence of having performed longform twice at an improv theatre .

In this course, you will be introduced to:

  • The Armando Diaz Hootenanny and Theatrical Experience. The longest running improv show in Chicago, this is improv based on monologues, or anecdotes from the players’ lives and a great way to work on shows using complex or real life suggestions.
  • Harold. The original longform format. Working from organic openings and group games, players will find ways to return to character and build worlds, working towards a
  • The Deconstruction. Based on Harold, the deconstruction uses a longer relationship-based core scene with commentary and thematic scenes to unpack and examine what is going on between the two characters.
  • Chairs. Working without suggestions, Chairs starts scenes with two chairs and nothing else. Improvisers learn to read the emotion and dynamics that already exist between them and their partner and make great scenes from that.
  • Bonus form: the mini musical. As a bonus, you will spend one week with an experienced musical improviser enjoying the emotional release and delight of musical improv. No singing voice required.

“I’ve found that going back to acting after experience in improv I’ve made bolder choices and had much more fun at that as well.”

As part of this class, you will also perform at the Nursery Theatre, Broadgate on the 21st of July and 28th of July.

This course next takes place over eight Thursdays from 7-10pm at the Nursery Training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £195. You can book at the early bird price of £156 until one month before the class. We also offer diversity scholarships. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid.

This class is for those who have some improvisational experience. Maybe a course or two. Email jules@thenurserytheatre.com if you have any questions.

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Teacher: Jules Munns

Jules is one of the UK’s most active and prolific improvisation performers and teachers. Since graduating from the Guildhall School in 2008, he has performed with groups including Silly String Theory, Sitting in a Tin Can, the Maydays, Music Box and Impromptu Shakespeare. His two-person show Ten Thousand Million Love Stories has toured the UK and Jules has performed in theatres and at festivals around the world including in Finland, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the US. Jules is co-artistic director of the Nursery and the founder of Slapdash International, London’s longest running festival of improvisation. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Nursery and has trained with teachers including Keith Johnstone, Patti Stiles, Mick Napier, Joe Bill, Rich and Rebecca Sohn, Jason Chin, David Razowsky and TJ Jagodowsky.

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