Form: the Armando/Asscat
About this Event
This Experienced elective runs Saturday 7th November, 4 pm – 6.30 pm GMT
Experienced (18 months+) A class for skilful players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you.
The Nursery/Maydays longform electives are classes on specific aspects of longform improvisation Some of these classes focus on skills and some on forms, some on narrative ideas and some on Chicago-style longform. In these classes, students will have the opportunity to play side coached longform sets with particular focuses and feedback from the teacher.
‘The Armando Diaz Hootenanny and Theatrical Experience’ is the longest-running improvisation show in Chicago and has inspired many shows worldwide, including the Maydays own ‘Guest who?’.
Combining true-life monologues with longform sets inspired by them, the show can also be described as a ‘monologue deconstruction’. It is flexible, easy to play and both an excellent introduction to longform and way to bring together players for one-off shows. It allows us to share experiences both mundane and extraordinary and play scenes that feel both bizarre and normal.
In this workshop, players will be introduced to all the skills necessary to perform the ‘Armando’, including performing monologues, initiating and bringing together scenes, as well as having opportunities to practice the form.
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.
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.