Improv Drop-In: Thursday 30 March 2017

This week’s drop-in: You’re The Voice

Brought to you by Parky.

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Make a noise, and make it clear

There are lots of different ways of creating interesting characters in improv. You can be inspired by your scene partner, inspired by the name you’re given, or inspired by a particular emotion or physical trait.

One fun way to create interesting characters that are often slightly different from yourself is through your voice. Adopting an unusual accent, a strange vocal tic or simply pitching your voice higher or lower can turn you into a completely different character.

Ever tried starting a scene with a West Country accent? Or as a Dane? Or spoken ever-so-posh because your scene partner calls you Wing Commander Smithers in their opening line?

That’s what we’ll be doing this week: experimenting with voices and accents to create memorable characters using nothing but our mouths.

Thursday 30 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

Improv Jam – Thursday 23 February 2017

This week’s jam: Who? What? Where?

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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

Improv Jam – Thursday 18 February 2016

This week’s jam: And The Award Goes To….

OscarsThis week’s improv jam is brought to you by: Parky

February means only one thing in the movie industry: we are in the middle of awards season. With the Golden Globes and the Baftas already decided, the main event – the Oscars – takes place in Hollywood next weekend.

The main acting awards reward great and powerful performances, full of emotion and commitment. So, that’s our focus for this Thursday’s jam.

While I’m not expecting anyone to eat raw bison’s liver – although don’t rule it out – or to spend an hour trapped in a garden shed, we’ll be playing scenes which require Oscar-worthy levels of acting, commitment and heightened emotion.

Come along, exercise your majestic talents and give us a performance that’s worth a golden statuette.

Thursday 18 February 2016

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St
Hockley
NG1 1LH
£3

Improv Jam – Thursday 21 January 2016

This week’s jam: The Articulate! Jam

This week’s improv jam is brought to you by: Parky Articulate

Christmas is a time for board games and one of the most popular family games in my house is speaky word-thing Articulate! The aim of Articulate! (as the name suggests) is to get the rest of your team to guess what it is that you are describing, without you actually using that word.

So, for example, if your word was “swan”, you might say “it’s a large, white river bird with a long neck”. You might say “it’s a brand of safety matches – something Vesta.” Or you might say “he was England’s spin bowler in the 2013 Ashes series.”

What you can’t say is the word itself or any derivatives of the word. So, if your word is ‘postman’ you can’t say ‘post’ or ‘Post Office’ or ‘posting’ or ‘man’ or ‘mailman’ – and so on.

For inspiration this week, I’ll have the Articulate! cards. You’ll pick a category – people, places, objects, actions, nature or random – and I’ll give you the word from the card. You’ll do a scene inspired by that word but – and here is the key – you can’t actually use the word you’re given (or derivatives thereof). If you do, I’ll end the scene immediately.

Inspiration without actually using the word that inspires you. Fun!

Thursday 19 January 2016

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St
Hockley
NG1 1LH
£3

New Year: New Musical Team!

New improvised musical team to form in Nottingham!Music

Standing on stage, belting out a show-stopping number that makes the audience goes wild is a pretty awesome thing to do – especially when you’re improvising the whole damn thing.

After some thought, some research and a fair bit of trying things out, we’re hoping to form a musical improv team in the New Year. We have teamed up with Leicester musician Sam Plummer and together we are hoping to get a group of interested people together to make musical shows that we can put on at improv nights in the Midlands / beyond under the overarching banner of MissImp.

The team will rehearse every Tuesday in Nottingham. Approximately every six weeks to two months we will have a coach come to watch us and work with us to help make us better. I’m delighted to say Katy Schutte from The Maydays / Project 2 has agreed to coach us. Katy learned musical improv in Chicago 15 years ago and has performed with Baby Wants Candy at The Edinburgh Fringe (one of only three Brits to have ever done so). She’s an awesome coach and really knows her stuff.

We will start by having an “open rehearsal” where anyone can come along on Tuesday 12th Jan. (£4 to help with costs). During the rehearsal we will focus on having fun, doing some basic musical structures and scene work. In the days after the rehearsal we will sit down and finalise the team line-up.

What we are looking for:

Playing well with others

Some basic music ability / training (eg. Good music knowledge, people who play instruments, people who have had some singing lessons)

Good improv skills

A willingness to learn

A willingness to commit to regular, weekly rehearsals and the very occasional Saturday rehearsal

Here’s the tough bit – it’s probable that not everyone who comes to the open rehearsal won’t make it to the team. We want to form a team that has a contrast of skills and whilst it’s totally possible that not including you might be the worst mistake we ever make, it should be something that you’re prepared for. We’d rather do it this way than just arbitrarily picking people and putting them together. It seems a nicer way of doing it. We really hope you find it to be like that too. Even if you don’t make the team, we want the open rehearsal to be a huge amount of fun for everyone who attends.

Interested?

Please email Lloydie ([email protected]) and let us know you’d like to come to the open rehearsal on Tuesday 12th. We will then onfirm your place.

Any questions, please ask.

Improv Jam – Thursday 15 October 2015

This week’s jam: In these times of trouble, my music sees me through

This week’s improv jam is brought to you by: Parky and a selection of tunes

comedy nottinghamMusic, makes the people come together….” – Madonna

As John Miles once said, music is my first love and it will be my last. Music can console, inspire and enthuse in equal measure and with millions of different songs out there in the universe hearing a piece of music can generate a huge range of feelings and emotions.

So, this week, instead of using a word for inspiration we’re going to (once again) use a piece of music. It may be classical or modern, from a film or from the charts, obscure or well known. We’ll do some simple scenes but each will be inspired by a random piece of music rather than a five letter word or something you might find in your neighbour’s shed.

Even if you hate music, you’ll be fine. Because when you’re inclined, you know you will find a little boogie woogie in the back of your mind.

Thursday 15 October 2015

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St
Hockley
NG1 1LH
£3

Improv Jam: Thursday 1 October 2015

This week’s jam: Crying For No Reason

This week’s improv jam is brought to you by: Parky, the letter C and the number 8Convince

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

Improv Jam – Thursday 24 September 2015

This week’s jam: Chinese Whispers

This week’s jam is brought to you by: Ben

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Ssshhhh, this weeks jam is about secrets and sharing.

This week we are going to be doing open scenes and montages, just like any other week, you think.

But think again! Everyone is going to have a secret move they must use before the jam is over. It could be use a different accent. It could be do a silent scene. It could be anything. Once it is out of the bag however, anyone can use it.

Lots of listening and supporting will come from this jam. It treats the first principles of improv in a really cool and different way, and should mean we have a really dynamic and fun session, with stuff coming out of the wood work left right and centre. Lots of play time too!


Thursday 17 September 2015

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St
Hockley
NG1 1LH
£3

Improv Jam – Thursday 17 September 2015

This week’s jam: Scene work playtime

This week’s jam is brought to you by: Lloydie

The last few weeks we have dedicated time to core improv skills. This week we will run over a couple of these again at the very beginning of the jam and then it’s playtime. As many scenes as we can do in the time.

Get ready to get up there and play.

Thursday 17 September 2015

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St
Hockley
NG1 1LH
£3