In improvisation, every show is unique, created from the genius of the performers, the enthusiasm of the audience and that little sprinkle of luck. The beauty and the buzz of making it up comes in large part from that feeling of freshness and immediacy that comes from having no script.
So why not do the same with the form as we do with the content? By developing our curiosity and noticing what is already happening, supporting each other onstage and treating every oddity as an opportunity, it is possible to not just have a new show every night, but a whole new show format every night. Slick, elegant improvised theatre that happens easily and effortlessly, and is completely original.
Working from established formats including the Harold and the Deconstruction, as well as the core principles of freeform organic improvisation, this course will teach how to improvise the format of the show night by night, building the aeroplane as you fly, linking scenes, games and characters together. You will learn how to license and celebrate both the genius and the weird of the people onstage to create a show and form that could only have happened that day with that set of people. To improvise the improv.
Course syallabus includes:
- Initiating with and without premise
- Noticing patterns in the show and using them to create structure
- Supporting and justifying choices and offers made by your team
- Bold, generous editing and freeform transitions
- Callbacks and returning to characters and situations
- Making easy, fluid scenes without effort
“Great content, well taught, and plenty of chance to practice.”
This class is for those who have some improvisational experience. Maybe a course or two. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This course next takes place over six Wednesdays from 7th November 7-10pm at the Nursery Training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £120. We also offer diversity scholarships. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid.
Teacher: 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.