Game of the Scene
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 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.
A popular, though sometimes intimidating improv tool, the ‘game’ is the unusual thing that is happening in a scene which we can exploit. The fact that your therapist can only talk in metaphors, or the butcher that alternately insults and then compliments you. A clear game can be liberating for the player and delightful for the audience. It can be something which we introduce deliberately at the start of the scene or something which happens by accident and can then be exploited. In this workshop, we will demystify ‘game’ and give you clear, easy practice on how to use it in your scenes.
- Identifying and playing the game in a scene
- Escalating a game to a satisfying conclusion
- Finding the fun and freedom inside a game
Min. participants 6, max. 12. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.
Britt Pay is an improvisational actor, teacher, and comedian with over six years of experience. She is a founding member of Classic Andy and has performed at Camden Fringe, Faversham Fringe, and Edinburgh Improv Festival. She regularly performs at Breaking & Entering’s The Playground, one of London’s most popular improv nights; a cast member of Unbridled: a Jilly Cooper Improvised Show. Britt has trained with teachers from Hoopla, The Hideout Theatre, The Nursery, The Second City and The iO Theatre.
This intermediate elective runs Wednesday 10th February, 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.