Online Improv Elective: “I need your badge, your gun and your icing bag” – Mapping
About this Event
This intermediate elective runs Wednesday 9th December, 7 pm-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.
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.
We all have expectations of how certain scenes will go. Expectations learnt from the stories that surround us. A proposal has one person kneeling to offer a ring and another saying ‘Yes, yes, a thousand times yes’. Of course, we don’t have to play the scenes that way. It is hugely fun to defy audience expectation, but the stereotypes and forms are hovering in the background, informing our play and the audience’s responses. But what if we were to take these forms and expectations and apply them in different places? What if we take the shape of a proposal scene, but apply it to a job interview? Or giving someone a Haribo? Mapping is a technique where we apply the form, objects and expectations of one situation to another. Because sometimes it’s easier to repurpose an old idea than create a new one.
- How to identify and introduce mapping
- How to playfully reframe a scene
- Playing with audience expectations and scene forms
Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London.
He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He teaches for Hoopla Impro and serves as one of the artistic directors of The Nursery Theatre.
Chris improvises with Project2 and The Maydays and has recently co-founded Sonder, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form.
He also hosts YesBot, a podcast dedicated to the theory and craft of improv (but with added exploding robots)
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.