Online Improv Elective: Energy and Rhythm for Character and Scene

Online Improv Elective: Energy and Rhythm for Character and Scene

 

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Great scenes are at the heart of great improvisation. So let’s spend some real time on them. Ideal accompaniments to the nursery longform or narrative courses, these classes are deep-dives into particular areas of scenework. 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.

It’s easy to get stuck in the same energy in a scene, both in the physical and virtual space. Similarly, improv shows can stagnate if each scene falls into the same rhythm as the one before. In this elective, we’ll play with different types of internal and external rhythms and energies to see what effect they have on your improv scenes. Can you change how you come across to an audience? Can two very different energies co-exist on stage without merging into one? Can energy bring power?

Workshop includes:

  • Entrances (and Exits)
  • Energy qualities & states of tension
  • Exploring changes of rhythm within a scene, and throughout a run of scenes

Min. participants 6, max. 12.

Jenny Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and has regularly taught there, as well as Brighton ICT, Chichester Festival Theatre LEAP programme and for Refugee Radio. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Brighton Fringe ’19 Best Play winner, Clean. She has toured with The Foundry Group, played in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ season and performed numerous Shakespeares at Brighton Open Air Theatre. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show Productions and, as a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams street theatre.

As an improviser, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with the Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare and The Concept, and plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd, when they’re in the same city. She has trained with Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and is currently researching her next show. Her recent solo play in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” was described by Fringereview as… ‘a fascinating biography well worth knowing, convincingly acted and eloquently written.

This Intermediate elective runs Wednesday 17th 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.

Jen Rowe Jen trained in acting at ACT Brighton and joined The Maydays in 2006. Since then, she has trained with myriad improv-greats in Europe and the USA. She teaches and performs around the world, and has a special interest in using improv techniques to inspire creative writing. As an improviser, she also performs and...
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