Naturalism in Improvisation Weekend

A specialist course for the long bank holiday weekend: come find the fun and the ease of improvising scenes that are so close to yourself, even you may not know if you are improvising or not! Working with realistic, grounded scenes and elements of theatre training, this course will license your natural eccentricity and help you to find the power of behaving naturally onstage. Using simple exercises, you will relax into your natural stage persona, embrace what is already there and extend your playing range.
Guided by Heather Urquhart (The Maydays, Showstopper! the Improvised Musical) and Jules Munns (The Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare), this course is for improvisers who want to act and actors who want to improvise.

“I enjoyed being challenged and watching myself begin to develop and/or hone skills that I have seen being used onstage, but never known how to emulate.”

Skill learnt on this course will include:

  • Connecting deeply with your partner and the audience
  • Finding the joy, delight and fun within realistic, grounded situations
  • Playing close to yourself and using your own opinions and responses in scenes
  • Playing intimate and tender relationships between friends, lovers and family members
  • Making tiny adjustments to your body, voice and point of view and seeing how that influences your choice

This course is suitable for those who have taken an improv course or two before (ideally our core skills course!) and are looking to deepen their understanding of improvised theatre and comedy. If you are unsure whether this is the course for you, or have any questions drop us an email on outlining your improvisation and performance experience.

This course takes place over three days from 10.30am to 5pm at the Nursery training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £145 or £125 if you book a month or more before. We also offer diversity scholarships. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid.

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Apply for the Jason Chin Diversity Scholarship

Heather Urquhart

Heather trained in Physical Theatre and has studied improvisation at Chicago’s I.O theatre. She improvises with the Olivier Award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and is a director and performer with The Maydays, who have headlined Dublin and Barcelona Improv Festivals,
played at the Del Close marathon in New York and have a monthly  residencies in Brighton and London. Her duo improv show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ (with Jules Munns) has also toured extensively most recently to Texas, Montreal and Karachi.
Heather was winner of the award for best female performer in the Brighton Fringe Festival 2013 and winner of the Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence for new musical The Opinion Makers in 2014. She is a guest vocalist with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade and sings with Doo-wop punk trio New York Dollies. She has co-written a book on the subject of musical improvisation called ‘Sing it!’ which has a series of associated podcasts.

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.