online improv elective: characters: outside in

02jun7:00 pm9:30 pmonline improv elective: characters: outside in7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Level: Open

Ever watched an improv show & simply seen two talking heads in front of you? While the improv may still be great, finding a way to bring the gravitas of theatricality to scenes, whilst being fully equipped & at ease to consciously inhabit the space, adds more colour to your shows. This works for the representation of humans, objects or concepts – you name it and you can be it!

In this workshop we explore character creation via the use of the body as an instrument. We take a journey through the work of creating a character body to brain. It is an introductory look into the work of Rudolf Laban, Jerzy Marian Grotowski and other notable practitioners. This workshop will also teach a high level of general stagecraft, that can act as further tool in the toolkit of the performer, offering a grounding in which to base our scenes.

This will ultimately be put into use in scenes.

What to expect: Using a range of engaging exercises in this inclusive space, we will explore the use of body position to inform our inner world.

We will explore using the movement language of Laban and we will experiment with the different efforts.

There will be moments of reflection where we note and discuss our findings and touch upon archetypal characters that we embody.

We will use these in some character monologue moments to discover the possible voices of our positions.

If finances are standing in the way of you attending one of our workshops, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship HERE: or email:

Min. participants 6, max. 12.

This open workshop runs Wednesday 2 June, 7 – 9.30 pm BST.

Open – A class for anyone, regardless of their improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.

Whatever the level of ability required, all of our classes are safe, supportive environments led by our experienced teachers. Please email us if you are unsure whether a class is suitable for you. If you sign up for a class inappropriate to your level the Nursery/Maydays reserved the right to remove you from the class without refund.

Closed captioning is available in all of our classes and courses. If you need any information on how to access this in zoom, please contact


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Francesca Reid is a facilitator for our Kids and Teens Improv courses. Francesca has worked creatively & therapeutically with the arts & young people for over 18 years. As a graduate of East 15 Acting school’s Acting with Community Theatre BA, she has run youth theatre sessions, holiday activities schemes & been the lead on longer term projects. These projects have been with S.E.N, Y.O.T’s/P.R.U & refugee groups to name but a few. She is a multidisciplinary artist using forms including improv, comedy, clowning & singing in her practice.

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