online improv elective: Improvising david mamet

05jun4:00 pm6:30 pmonline improv elective: Improvising david mamet4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Level: Experienced

Mamet is acknowledged as one of the great American playwrights. From Glengarry Glen Ross to Oleanna, his plays are theatrical powder kegs packed full of controversy, politics and dialogue delivered at breakneck speed. In fact, believe us when we say that improvising Mamet dialogue is one of our art form’s great pleasures. Chris will teach you how to mimic the tempo and delivery of Mamet’s characters while updating his themes for a modern sensibility.

In this workshop you will learn:

Meisner repetition as reinterpreted by Mamet through practical aesthetics

Tuning your ear to Mamet dialogue

The use of status as a game tool

PLEASE NOTE: We will be steering away from Mamet’s more controversial themes but there will be swearing in this class. Probably a fuck tonne of it.

Min. participants 6, max. participants 12. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

This Experienced elective runs Saturday, 5 June, 4pm – 6.30 pm BST

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.

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.

NB: Our electives frequently sell out, but do not despair if this class has. You have not missed your shot. If enough people join the waiting list, we are often able to put the same class on a few days after or in parallel. So if you were excited, join up and we will be in touch.

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(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London. He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He teaches for Hoopla Impro and serves as one of the artistic directors of The Nursery Theatre.

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