We’re famous! Kinda… Check out this very nice interview with Hazel Ward in LeftLion (the Nottingham magazine of culture and cool stuff) about MissImp, our 20th Anniversary and the late night ramblings of people faced with questions:
This week’s drop-in: You Can, And You Will, Handle the Truth
Brought to you by Liam.
The truth is something we see pummelled, beaten and destroyed every day. The least we can do is fight back through improv. This week we’ll be working on listening and responding truthfully and faithfully to your character and to the moment! Y’know, the exact opposite of being a politician.
Thursday 23 March 2017 7.30 – 9.30pm The Malt Cross We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar 16 St James’s St Nottingham NG1 6FG Find it! £5 / 3 concessions
“I think I can see in your face There’s a lot you can teach me So I wanna know, what’s the name of the game?”
Every four weeks, we turn up at Gorilla Burger to enjoy a lot of silly shortform games. But what are the games for? How do they work? And what is it that makes them funny?
This week we’ll be playing a load of shortform games. However, we’ll be dissecting them, giving each other feedback and trying to get the bottom of how they work and how to play them well. Expect side-coaching and instruction on how the games work (and sticking to the rules can be crucial) and how to make them sing with joy.
Thursday 16 March 2017 7.30 – 9.30pm The Malt Cross We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar 16 St James’s St Nottingham NG1 6FG Find it! £5 / 3 concessions
If you’ve ever seen a good improv scene, the chances are you enjoyed it because it had interesting characters in a nice relationship. Finding out who people are in a scene, what they are doing and why they are doing it is generally much more interesting than watching a couple of people just doing a thing.
Watching two people fumble at trying to put a tent up is less interesting than the relationship between them, how they ended up in this position and how this latest debacle fits into their lives. “You always do this when….” is more intriguing than “Well, we could try this. No, let’s try this. Actually, let’s do this.”
So, this week we’ll concentrate on establishing some basic information early. Who are you both? Where are you? And what are you doing? By doing this, not only will you and your scene partner have a firm foundation for the rest of your scene, but you will give each other some lovely gifts. And, the audience are likely to be more invested in what unravels.
Thursday 23 February 2017 7.30 – 9.30pm The Malt Cross We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar 16 St James’s St Nottingham NG1 6FG Find it! £5 / 3 concessions
The suggestion that you receive at the beginning of a scene is designed as inspiration, not direction. The idea is that your brain is sparked into life by that word, and that you use it to generate something interesting.
This week, we’re going to create characters in scenes using a hat full of physical, mental and other traits. The idea is that your character in each scene will be inspired by something you pull out of the hat. For example, you might pull out “ponytail”. Clearly your scene won’t be about the ponytail, but it will have an impact on the type of character you create in the scene.
Inspiration, not direction.
Lots of open scenes, with random characters generated from suggestions in the hat. Fun!
Thursday 20 October 2016
7.30 – 9.30pm The Malt Cross We’re under the main bar – the doorway is inside, just to the left of the actual bar 16 St James’s St Nottingham NG1 6FG Find it! £5 / 3 concessions
This week’s improv jam is brought to you by: Parky, the letter C and the number 8
A lot of the improv we do is for laughs (not all of it though – you know who you are. Honk). However, for me, getting an audience to really care about the characters on stage is as least as important as getting them to laugh. Getting a chuckle at the end of the scene is great but getting an ‘aaaah’ or tears is easily as good.
For a part of this week’s jam – only a part, mind – I want you to concentrate on playing it straight. So, you’re going to improvise some scenes but you’re going to do them as a drama, and not for laughs. The aim is to ‘yes, and’, play the scene as real as possible and avoid those silly puns and weird observances that we rely on for titters.
Then, if we have time, we’ll do daft stuff for cheap laughs. Boom.
Thursday 1 October 2015
7.30pm – 9.30pm The Corner 8 Stoney St Hockley NG1 1LH £3
It’s that time of the month again – it’s time for on stage action with neither script, censorship or serious intent. We give you Marilyn, Ben, Martin, Colin, Parky and Nick to delight and invigorate your minds.
Our show is a vigorously blended puree of theatre, drama and comedy, garnished with questionable sanity and poured into a comfortable glass. We bring you entirely unplanned adventures, scenes, sketches, games and songs from the darkest depths of our imaginations. You give us the suggestions for every scene and we filter them through our mind engines before setting them upon you. Don’t delay – seize your tickets today .
This month’s show is on Friday 27th February. Book your tickets here and we’ll warm your seats for Friday.
The Glee Club Castle Wharf, Canal St, Nottingham Friday 27 February 2015 Doors open 8.00 Doors close 8.15 Show at 8.30 Tickets £6 on door (£4.50 in advance) / Students and MissImp members £3 Book Now
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