online super elective: shortform games for longform scenes

09sep7:30 pm9:30 pmonline super elective: shortform games for longform scenes7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Level: Experienced

Remember the pure fun you had when you played those shortform games? Fancy bringing some of that fun back into your longform performances?

You can do just that in this four-week super elective. First we’ll revisit some shortform games and exercises to find exactly what makes them tick. Then we’ll learn how to integrate them into longform scenes and shows, with the emphasis on joy. And we’ll discover new games, to keep us playing in the spirit of adventure.

It’s all about making ourselves alive to possibility, so that every longform performance becomes a real chance to play.

Syllabus includes:

Replay scenes: the pure unfettered joy of playing scenes over again, and even again and again

Restriction games: how making things difficult can make things fun

The playful spirit: how to delight ourselves, the audience, and our fellow players

Genre: taking the best elements of shortform genre work to do scenes with power and style

If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

This Experienced super elective runs for 4 weeks, 9th Sept.-30th Sept., Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time.

Experienced (12 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.

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Scholarships and Bursaries:

We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:

Afford these courses

Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason

No set criteria

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(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Dan Ryan is a London-based improviser and coach, and currently plays in Nursery house team Parkin, and in Soundcheck, the show of amusing musical musings. After doing his first improv show in Slovenia in the late nineties, he co-founded Barcelona Improv Group in 2011, before joining Ripcord, London’s first freeform team, in 2014. His biggest passion is organic freeform as developed by Kevin Scott and ImprovBoston under Will Luera.

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