Sometimes it’s fun to be weird.
Theatre (and improv!) isn’t about normal people doing normal things, it’s about extraordinary people doing the strangest of things. But dipping into those areas of ourselves can be difficult. In this course, we will concentrate on the darkest and weirdest of things in order to take away their power over us.
For each of us, there are different things which we feel uncomfortable playing, which we do not want to think about or be seen as. This course is about looking under the bed, facing our fears in performance and taking control of the material that scares us. We want to be able to play and own these scenes, examine the depths of human depravity and suffering in a safe and supportive environment without feeling out of control or exploited. In fact, we want to enjoy it!
So come play scenes of people living the worst times of their lives and doing the worst things possible. Come play murderers and their victims, corrupt politicians and licentious bishops.Come be your worst self.
Somewhat obviously, this course comes with a warning. Much of the content may be unpleasant and even offensive, but we believe that through honesty and examination, we will journey into the underworld to bring back the treasure, and be stronger for the journey.
This is an experimental short course that we hope to extend next year.
This class lasts lasts four Saturday afternoons 1-4pm, from August 27th 2016 and costs £95.
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.