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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 19 September 2019

Sometimes we feel frantic in scenes when we feel the “need to be funny,” as if the success of the show rests on our shoulders. The reality is that you just need to throw all yourself into the small percentage of the show you have power over. The other 90%

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 5 September 2019

Very often in improv we perform in studio theatre stages, with just the front of the stage open to the audience, with the performers enclosed on the other three sides. It’s not the only kind of performance space though,  arena stages and theatres in the round place the audience all

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 29 August 2019

This week is a very special musical drop-in led by Sam Marshall and Jack from Rhymes Against Humanity. The best improv happens when we feel vulnerable, and simultaneously have an absolute mega-ton of support from the other players working with us. Musical improv can seem like wizardry and make us

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 22 August 2019

Throw a ball into a group of young children and they will kick it, throw it and bounce it without hesitation. Throw a ball into a group of adults and they will look to you for instruction or permission. Have they forgotten how to play? No! Of course not! Play

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 15 August 2019

Heads up – we’re back at the Malt Cross! Guessing games in improv are a tale as old as time – from Party Quirks to Let’s Make A Date guessing games were made famous on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and were an improv staple for many years. But they

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 1 August 2019

Heads up – we’re back at the Malt Cross! Like the life of the person who walks on four legs in morning, two legs at noon and three legs in the evening, our improv scenes have different phases. By being aware of these different phases and applying relevant skills at

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 25 July 2019

In any given improv scene improvisers will often stand about a few metres apart. They could be a couple who are in the first throws of passion, best friends consoling each other after a bereavement or a parent playing with their child, the one-two metre rule applies and it looks

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 18 July 2019

Listening is one of the most important skills in improv, but a scene of two people politely listening to one another won’t be very interesting to watch. We don’t respond to information neutrally in the real world so why would our characters? This week we’ll be creating characters, checking in

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 4 July 2019

Whether you’re completely new to improv or you’ve been doing it for years, it’s always useful to spend some time working on those key ingredients that make for good performance. This week we’ll be focusing on listening, building on ideas, and not trying to be funny. Here’s an entirely unrelated

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