“That reminds me of this time”- Monologues, news stories and how to work with complex inspirations
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.
Inspired by shows such as the Armando, Tonight’s Top Story and Asscat, this class will look at how to tell true stories and then play scenes inspired by them. You will learn to enjoy the details and the people rather than just go for the gag. You will listen in order to be inspired and then play scenes which are respectful and delightful at the same time, getting to the heart of the story without just replaying it.
- Telling engaging and inspiring stories
- Initiating scenes from complex stimulus
- Having fun while still respecting the storyteller
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)
This Intermediate elective runs Wednesday 10th 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.