Heather Urquhart

  The Leela Bubble By Heather Urquhart The Maydays Improv Retreat is my happy place, no doubt about it and this year more than ever I was desperate to cross the magical threshold into Leela living. The previous 2 months had been crazy busy and I’d come out of a 4 show Edinburgh Festival, straight...
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Day: Sunday Time: 10am Class: Perverts and Fuck-ups The job of drawing up the first draft of the Osho Leela class schedule is a daunting one. 76 classes over 4 days not including the evening shows and jams. Each year, I need to have a look at last year’s schedule, the student requests, the teacher...
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by Heather Urquhart If you’re an improviser, chances are you’ve heard or used the expression ‘being too in your head’. In my experience this phrase normally has negative connotations. ‘Hey guys why wasn’t our show so great tonight?’ ‘We were too in our heads’ or ‘I totally froze in that scene, I way too up...
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I recently read a news story about a young man called Vladimir Umanets who is currently under investigation from Scotland Yard for defacing a mark Rothko painting in the Tate Modern (Rothko’s last piece at auction went  for a cool £53.8million – ouch). Umanets, who compares himself to other conceptual artists like Marcel Duchamp,  had...
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I was teaching a while ago when one of the students, started to look at me in a strange way, with an almost mystical look in his eye. When I asked why he told me that the excercise I was describing was almost exactly what he had been taught by his Aikido instructor a few...
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_ 1.       Osho Leela – This was our third year running our residential improv festival and the best yet.  5 days of Improv heaven hosted by The Maydays and Osho Leela. Apart from being immersed  in classes and shows, I love embracing my inner hippy. Veggie food and ‘Osho’ hugs are the order of the...
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I was teaching the Maydays Drop in class recently and two of the students who are recent converts to improv and now completely obsessed with the form (you know who you are you two!) cornered me afterwards and asked me, “How do we get to be good?!” I gave them my best answer but came...
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This week saw the start of two Maydays courses, the first of 2011. Last night I was lucky enough to be teaching the first session of our longform course and what a great group they are. I’ve worked with everyone before with the exception of Jo, but having seen her shortform showcase last year felt...
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