“The best improv classes in London – you’ll never learn so much or laugh so hard”
Improvising is an incredibly fun thing to do with your brain and body. And with the right guidance, anybody can get onstage and play a game or a scene, finding joy, confidence and increased creativity, as well as a sense of community and connection with their class and teammates. But to take your improv to the next level of professionalism, improvisers are wise to steal some skills from the world of theatre.
In this course, you will be introduced to theatrical techniques that can be applied to an improvised show, both at the micro and the macro level. You will be taught simple, practical techniques to vary your vocal quality and physicality, as well as investigate your personal onstage habits and psychology. These skills will help you to feel liberated and empowered onstage as well as allowing you to work less hard to delight your audience.
You will also examine what can be learnt from the structures and assumptions of plays. This will enable you to connect scenes and character together and play longer richer scenes, just like in the theatre!
These techniques, applied to improvisation, allow you to not just ‘play a character’, but be a person, naturally living and responding on the stage simply and easily commanding a room and charming an audience. And that’s even more fun.
This class is for those who have some improvisational experience. We recommend a year or so of regular training and some performance experience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This course takes place over eight Tuesdays from 7-10pm at the Nursery training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £165. We also offer diversity scholarships. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid.
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.