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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 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

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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!

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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

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Improv Drop-In: Thursday 7 March 2019

This week’s drop-in: Finding a Tree in a Wood  Brought to you by Jack. Sometimes we get suggestions that are generic or don’t pique our interest enough to get our comedy flowing. This week’s workshop is about generating ideas as a group before scenes begin, to help us find that

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