“Do that one more time”: Holding on to an offer
About this Event
Great scenes are at the heart of great improvisation. So let’s spend some real time on them. Ideal accompaniments to the nursery long-form or narrative courses, these classes are deep-dives into particular areas of scene work. They are also great workouts for intermediate or experienced players. Our expert teachers will give you simple, usable tools that can be employed in a wide variety of improvisation contexts. Students will work in detail on a single aspect of their scenes, receive feedback and, most importantly, get time to play, both in break out rooms and in front of the class.
Sometimes one idea is enough, and returning to it over and over can be all you need for a satisfying and delightful scene. Playing simple and holding on like this reassures your partner that you are on the same page and gives the audience the huge satisfaction of getting what they were expecting (even if they have to wait a bit). In this workshop inspired by Mick Napier and the Annoyance Theater, you will play holding on to an idea. You will discover the delight and power of just doing the same thing, then doing the same thing again and then (how about that) the same thing a third time. In doing so, you will create tight, funny improvisation which feels easy and satisfying. All with a single idea.
- Identifying the core element of a scene
- Sharing the idea with your partner and getting on the same page
- Playing that core element until it breaks
Min participants 6, max participants 12.
Heather Urquhart trained in Physical Theatre and has studied improvisation at Chicago’s I.O theatre and Annoyance. She improvises with the Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The ImprovisedMusical and is one of the directors of The Maydays. Her duo improv show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ has also toured extensively most recently to Texas, Montreal and Karachi.
Heather’s other regular improv exploits include The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure, The Playground and The Concept and she is also a co-artistic director at The Nursery Theatre.
Heather was winner of the award for best female performer in the Brighton Fringe Festival 2013 and winner of the Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence for new musical The Opinion Makers in 2014. She is a guest vocalist with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade and sings ‘Sing it!’ which has a series of associated podcasts.
This intermediate elective runs Wednesday 3rd March 7 – 9.30 pm GMT
Intermediate (3/6 months+) These classes will be opportunities to add tools to your growing toolbox. Normally these classes will expect players to be confident playing scenes. These classes will provide practice and specific new skills.
NB: Our electives frequently sell out, but do not despair if this class has. You have not missed your shot. If enough people join the waiting list, we are often able to put the same class on a few days after or in parallel. So if you were excited, join up and we will be in touch.