Improv Drop-In: Thursday 20 June 2019

This week we’re going to spend some time looking after ourselves. Often we worry so much about supporting our partner on stage that we forget to take some time to enjoy ourselves and have our own deal. This workshop will give you the chance to make some more “selfish” choices on stage whilst also allowing you to see that they’re also good for your scene partner too!

Lots of these exercises I have stolen directly from the workshop I took with Katy Schutte last weekend so naming dropping Katy is 100% important!

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 6 June 2019

BIG NOTE: we’re at Broadway Cinema throughout May & June!

This week’s drop-in: Embracing the Silly 

Brought to you by Guy.

In life, as well as in improv, its all too easy to take ourselves too seriously; I know I do. This drop-in is about learning how stop taking ourselves so seriously, embracing the silly, and having fun. It’s a lot easier to be spontaneous when we are less self-conscious. Expect defiantly daft warm up games, exercises that stretch your studied self-consciousness to breaking point and scenes that empower you to step outside yourself.

Broadway Cinema | 14-18 Broad St | Nottingham | NG1 3AL (we’re downstairs, but don’t worry, someone will be lurking in the foyer to collect folks)
7.30pm | £5 / £3 concessions

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 30 May 2019

BIG NOTE: we’re at Broadway Cinema throughout May & June!

This week’s drop-in: Short, Medium, Long 

Brought to you by Emily.

This workshop is all about scenes, scenes, scenes. We’ll be mixing it up by doing scenes that are super short, kinda normal length, and then a bit longer than we normally do! Your only limit will be the clock.

Broadway Cinema | 14-18 Broad St | Nottingham | NG1 3AL (we’re downstairs, but don’t worry, someone will be lurking in the foyer to collect folks)
7.30pm | £5 / £3 concessions

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 16 May 2019

BIG NOTE: we’re at Broadway Cinema throughout May & June!

This week’s drop-in: Standing, Sitting, Silliness 

Brought to you by Lee.

It’s time to break the rules! This week Lee will be (metaphorically) putting red noses on your faces and constraints on your behaviour. Expect to say less, and do more!
We will use some clown philosophy, a game of standing-sitting-leaning,  and a dose of mischief to explore the rules of the worlds we create. We’ll investigate how we follow, play with and break the rules to engage and involve the audience.

Broadway Cinema | 14-18 Broad St | Nottingham | NG1 3AL (we’re downstairs, but don’t worry, someone will be lurking in the foyer to collect folks)
7.30pm | £5 / £3 concessions

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 2 May 2019

A great actor can play anyone in any situation, but you don’t often see people lining up around the block to see the most critically adored actors. You usually see people lining up to see the stars with genuine charisma like Al Pacino, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, George Clooney, Will Smith and Paris Hilton, who in every role are themselves and don’t often play different people, eg Al Pacino as the cop, Al Pacino as the lawyer. George Clooney as the suave father figure, Dwayne Johnson as the All-Star American Football player / Hero A / Hero B / Hero / C etc, Paris Hilton as the wise ol’ Librarian. They play themselves and people fall in love with the character of them. That’s what makes them a star.
This week you will be draw a certain character or characteristic from Elliott’s bag of characters, which you will use your charismatic improvisational skills to play throughout a series of 2-4 person open scenes. Don’t worry about trying to be Harrison Ford – it’s always you as Harrison Ford! Use yourself as inspiration for how you would play that character. Pay attention, because at the end of the drop-in we’ll sit down to guess who played what and those who successfully guess correctly will go in the hat at the end to win an amazing prize!

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 18 April 2019

HEADS UP! We are not at Malt Cross for the next few weeks as they’ve got a hideous flooding problem to resolve! Instead, we’re upstairs at The Castle pub this week. Plus there is no drop-in next week (25 April) – we’ll be sorting out some social fun instead.

This week’s drop-in: Contrasting Views 

Brought to you by Nick.

Contrast is a lovely thing that we randomly apply to our photos on Instagram, but in improv it can be even more satisfying. Presenting differences of opinion and direction in scenes provides pleasing textural contrast in a show, sometimes in wildly different characters, pace of scene or location. Sometimes seeing the consequences of activity in the previous scene, or the people who are affected by what’s happened deepen and emphasise what has come before. This week we’re going to play some short form games which have contrast baked right into them, and look at how we can intentionally provide counterpoints and contrast in more free-flowing scenes.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
― John Steinbeck

7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Castle (upstairs) | 1 Castle Road | Nottingham | NG1 6AA

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 4 April 2019

This week’s drop-in: Let’s Monologue 

Brought to you by Richard.

“Alas, poor Yorick…” sure, that’s more of a soliloquy, but you get the idea. We use monologues in improv as the inspiration for different kinds of improv show, from the very brief personal glimpses at the beginning of the Smash Night Social Club, to the longer and richer monologues that begin an Armando (as seen in The Vox Pops at Nonsuch Theatre on Sat 20 April…)

They’re fascinating and often personal things, monologues, and there are as many ways to use them as there are to deliver them. This week we’ll be exploring the content of a good monologue, and how to extract fun and interesting scene ideas out of them. Expect: monologues, group scenes, non-threatening personal revelations, funny stories and related hijinks.

7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 28 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Specific/Explicit 

Brought to you by Ben.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
Two improvisers get up on stage. They spend the first half of the scene interacting with what might be a relationship or a premise, and it’s clear nobody really knows what’s going on! It’s a really common route for improv to go down. Folks like these are suffering from a lack of specifics.
This week we’re going to make sure we are making our scenes really, really clear. We will be establishing everything in a way that the players and audience can understand. This has the knock on effect that our fellow improvisers are clued in on what they can play with, and the smallest actions get bigger effects because we can see what they mean.
Expect naming! Calling out actions! And a whole load of scenes!
 

7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG

Improv Drop-In: Thursday 21 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Whose Line 

Brought to you by Nick.

The eponymous game of the amazing improv radio and TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a staple of shortform shows and one of my favourite games of all time. I love it because of the apparent randomness the lines throw into a scene, and the justification required to make them fit. Also we’ve got a workshop with Whose Line star, Mike McShane coming up in May and what better excuse could we possibly need to play this game?!

This week we’re going to absolutely thrash Whose Line into a state of perfection. Join us, and bring a pen – we’re gonna need more lines.


7.30 – 9.30pm | £5 / 3 concessions
The Malt Cross (downstairs in the workshop) | 16 St James’s St | Nottingham | NG1 6FG