Online Improv Elective: Very simple stories

Very Simple Stories with Jonah Fazel
Very simple stories

About this Event

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.

Some stories are epic, complex and rich. They have multiple strands, rich themes and twists and turns. But some stories are simple and easy. Like the three little pigs, Jurassic Park or beauty and the beast. These are stories where simplicity is the heart of the appeal. They do not mess around but give us exactly what we want and we love them for it. In this workshop, you will work on making stories that are so simple, they are barely even there. You will think about the moral of the story and how to undercut and play with it.

Workshop includes:

  • Starting and ending stories
  • Giving the character what they want (or not)
  • The moral of the story

Min. participants 6, max. 8. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

Jonah Fazel is a veteran character actor, Theatremaker and Television presenter who trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has trained in multiple improvisational styles and has been teaching improvisation for over a decade. He is a professor of improvisation at The University of Creative Arts and guest lecturers at many UK drama schools. He specialises in teaching; Short-form, narrative & genre, characterisation and acting for improvisers.

This intermediate elective runs Saturday 20th February, 4 – 6.30 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.

JONAH FAZEL Producer, Thursday Night Lights & The Carousel Jonah is an experienced theatre-maker and comedian and has appeared at in the West End as well as being a veteran of the London Fringe and Edinburgh festivals. He has created work at The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court and The National as well as many...
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