A four-day intensive, for intermediate to advanced improvisers, working with the same group and building to a performance. We'll be looking at what really makes your improv scenes tick and adding a touch of finesse to your performance toolkit.
Day 1: Bold, Brave, and Bonded
Connection and commitment are the key pieces that turn an average show into a great one, both for the audience and the players. We become more playful when we trust ourselves and our team to step on stage with confidence, make bold, clear offers and hold onto our choices; whilst at the same time listening, absorbing and being affected by each other. No improv show was made ever ruined by being too committed so let’s be brave and bold and have some fun.
Day 2: Subtlety and Specifics
The secret of a great show for is variety; of content but also of rhythm and dynamics. In this workshop we'll be thinking about what's really important to the scene - how to find new ways of playing, breaking old rhythms, opening up the space and how changing something small can make a big difference.
Day 3: Free to Sing
Musical improvisation is one of the most liberating and fun things you can do. For an audience, it looks like a miracle, for the performer it feels like flying. In a supportive environment you’ll learn how to create songs live in the moment. It doesn’t matter how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ you think your voice is, this is all about throwing yourself into it.
No musical experience necessary. We’ll make sweet music and enjoy the ride together.
Day 4: Musical Safari
Let's go on a musical expedition to explore our range and play with established structures. We'll be singing from the heart, using emotion and character to create songs that matter.
In the second half we're going to get physical! We'll take our songs and characters into different worlds: spark ideas off each other, sing as an ensemble, or a narrative chorus, go on journeys and see where we end up!
About the Teachers
Liz Peters trained as an actress at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has worked extensively on stage and screen. She was nominated Best Female Performer at Brighton Fringe, and has worked with British comedy institutions Newsrevue and The Treason Show, as well as in films, commercials and immersive theatre.
Jen Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and now teaches there on a regular basis. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA nominated Treason Show Productions and has trained at Second City and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing.
Joe Samuel is is a classically trained pianist and violinist having studied at Royal Holloway University. Joe is the co-author of music improv book “Sing It”.