Improv Beginner Courses

Next available beginners course: Spontaneity Book 21st March 6 week course

Complete improv beginners are welcome, you don’t need any previous improv experience. It is also a great refresher for those who have done some improv before.

Spontaneity

Book 21st March
6 week course

  • React swiftly and uncritically to the group’s offers
  • Create ideas without self-doubt or judgement
  • Listen and add to other’s idea in the group
Thinking too much can get in your way, stifling creativity and happiness and even endangering relationships. Maybe you want to be more spontaneous and relaxed in everyday life, maybe you want to handle a team better and maybe you want to be more confident. In this module, you will concentrate on responding simply and easily to what is going on around you, finding the delight, productivity and the humour in just doing. You will also learn to support and delight in other improvisers’ ideas and not worry too much about the why of what you are doing and saying, just enjoying yourselves together. You will work with gentle forms of physical and scenic improvisation to get out of your head and lose yourself in what is happening.
6 week courses:
7:00pm-9:30pm
Weekend intensives:
10:30am-5:00pm
Book 11th-12th May
Weekend Intensive

Book 15th May
6 week course

Emotion

Book 13th-14th
April Weekend Intensive

  • Learn to speak boldly and passionately about anything
  • Access your emotions and express them more clearly
  • Move between and justify emotions
Are you shy and reserved, reluctant to share what you think or intimidated by big groups of people? Are you the wallflower? Does expressing emotion in front of others scare you? Come learn to express, channel and use your emotions through improvisation. Emotions are not the wild, uncontrolled mess we sometimes think, but a powerful way to understand each other and the world, filtering valuable information from your unconscious mind, connecting you with other people and even, in improvisation, making them laugh. In this module, you will become more familiar with the rhythms, physicality and expectations of the different emotions, how they can be positive or negative and how they can be used to power scenes that are as funny as they are human.
6 week courses:
7:00pm-9:30pm
Weekend intensives:
10:30am-5:00pm
Book 2nd May
6 week course

Book 26th June
6 week course

Character

Book 16th April
6 week course

  • Notice and build on ideas already in the scene
  • Support the intentions of other players
  • Work towards and identify the point of change in a scene
Do you struggle to play characters apart from yourself? Do you feel restricted by the bounds of your own personality? Do you think you just aren’t funny? In this module, you will learn to use language playfully and easily, isolating what is fun in the scene and finding how humour doesn’t need to be effortful but comes naturally if you relax. In this course, you will find the joy and simplicity in noticing and using what is already happening and how it makes you funnier and more present. You will learn to listen closely and intently and respond to exactly what is happening in the scene.
6 week courses:
7:00pm-9:30pm
Weekend intensives:
10:30am-5:00pm
Book 8th-9th June
Weekend Intensive

Book 13th June 6
week course

Storytelling

Book 3rd April 6
week course

  • Identify the emotional motor of the story
  • Keep stories simple and talk to an audience
  • Play characters that serve a story, but have their own life
Humans live, talk and navigate the world through stories and the Nursery’s storytelling module gives you the tools and skills to create and use them in your everyday life. By learning story structures, techniques and hacks, you will connect scenes and characters in a way that is logical, fluid and satisfying to watch. You will make stories that are driven by emotion, putting your characters through highs and the lows. You will also learn to connect with your audience and charm them by just being yourself onstage.
6 week courses:
7:00pm-9:30pm
Weekend intensives:
10:30am-5:00pm
Book 28th May
6 week course

Book 6th-7th July
Weekend Intensive