Level: experienced The Deconstruction is a longform format that explores a recurring relationship-based scene through themes, commentary and the world in which it all takes
The Deconstruction is a longform format that explores a recurring relationship-based scene through themes, commentary and the world in which it all takes place. It was developed by Del Close and The Family – a seminal improv group from Chicago that included the likes of Miles Stroth and Matt Besser.
The beauty of the Deconstruction is that it allows us to stretch our improv skills in a variety of directions in order to create a rich, layered performance. Like most forms, the focus and way it is taught evolves over time, and so with this. Therefore we’ll look at some variations, while honouring the form as a whole.
What can I expect?
Detailed relationship scenes up to 7 minutes in length
Identifying theme and exploring that through scene-work
Short, funny premise-based and game-heavy scenes
Exploring and developing variations of the form
Who is this course suitable for?
Adults aged 18 – 100
Improvisers with scenework and/or longform experience
Experienced improvisers (at least 18mths+)
Min 6 participants, max 12.
This experienced course runs every Thursday evening from 12th November to 17th December, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm GMT
Experienced (18 months+) A class for skilful players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you.
(Thursday) 7:30 pm GMT
Jenny Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and has regularly taught there, as well as Brighton ICT, Chichester Festival Theatre LEAP programme and for Refugee Radio. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Brighton Fringe ’19 Best Play winner, Clean. She has toured with The Foundry Group, played in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ season and performed numerous Shakespeares at Brighton Open Air Theatre. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show Productions and, as a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams street theatre.
As an improviser, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with the Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare and The Concept, and plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd, when they’re in the same city. She has trained with Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and is currently researching her next show. Her recent solo play in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” was described by Fringereview as… ‘a fascinating biography well worth knowing, convincingly acted and eloquently written.
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