Keith Johnstone’s Lifegame

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19th June, 11:00 – 5:00

Here’s what instructor Lee Simpson says about this workshop:

I was once informed by an improviser of some standing that my company, Improbable, were “doing Lifegame all wrong.” This was quite a challenging thing to hear as Lifegame is one of our perennial shows – a real favourite that we return to again and again.

We first toured it in 1998 when Keith came over and taught us the format. Since then it has taken us to California and New York, Sydney and Brisbane, Lyric Hammersmith and the National Theatre.

The interview / biography improv show now appears in many forms and under many names but this workshop will look at how Improbable perform Keith’s Lifegame. Not so much the improvisational skills required, those are much more readily available than when we first made the show, but more the spirit, philosophy and meta skills which underpin an Improbable approach to the form.

Come along and learn how to do it all wrong.

Lee Simpson Biography: 

Lee is a founder member and co-artistic director of Improbable. He’s worked on most of their shows as director, devisor, writer or performer.

He is a member of the Comedy Store Players, performing at The Comedy Store twice a week and is also one of Paul Merton’s Impro Chums.

Apart from the above, his unfocussed approach to showbiz has encompassed appearing on TV in some sit-coms and dramas; writing plays; acting in classical theatre; doing comedy on Radio 4; being in some British movies; directing new writing, big comedy tours and the odd firework display; performing a very poor poodle act at the London Palladium and spending six unhappy months as a Breakfast Show DJ.

He feels this lack of direction is the real essence of his work.

His real name is Len.

Electives have a maximum class size of 14 and often sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment. The class runs 11am to 5pm on 19th June and costs £32.50.

 

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