Online Improv Elective: Narration, scene painting and using fancy words

Narration, scene painting and using fancy words

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This experienced elective runs Saturday 31st October 4 – 6.30 pm BST/GMT+1

Experienced (18 months+) A class for skillful 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.

Sometimes improvisation is criticised for being too ‘wordy’, meaning lacking in emotional depth and commitment. However, words are powerful tools to inspire and express emotion. And emotion is, after all, the motor of scenes. In this class, you will experiment with techniques including sense description, imagery and patterning to enrich and give power to the language in your scenes. You will learn to experiment with what you are saying and how in order to surprise both yourself and your scene partner.

Class includes:

  • Enjoying the texture and rhythm of language
  • Some simple tricks to up your description game
  • Balancing detail with forward movement

Dan Ryan is a London-based improviser and coach, and currently plays in Nursery house team Parkin, and in Soundcheck, the show of amusing musical musings. After doing his first improv show in Slovenia in the late nineties, he co-founded Barcelona Improv Group in 2011, before joining Ripcord, London’s first freeform team, in 2014. His biggest passion is organic freeform as developed by Kevin Scott and ImprovBoston under Will Luera.

He has trained with the FA, the Nursery, C3 and Hoopla in London, and worked with instructors from American theatres such as UCB, Second City, iO and Annoyance, and European groups such as L’Oignon. He loves fearlessness and theatricality and believes in the power of practice, practice, practice.

Min participants 4, max 12

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.

Dan Ryan Dan is a London-based improviser and coach, and currently plays in Nursery house team Parkin, and in Soundcheck, the show of amusing musical musings. After doing his first improv show in Slovenia in the late nineties, he co-founded Barcelona Improv Group in 2011, before joining Ripcord, London’s first freeform team, in 2014. His...
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