Build your own narrative toolkit for longform improv
About this Event
This experienced course runs every Tuesday evening from 3rd November to 8th December, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm GMT
Experienced (18 months+) A class for skilful 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.
Taught by Jules Munns of the Maydays (‘Happily Never After’) and Impromptu Shakespeare, this course will introduce you to a range of tools, techniques and jigs to level up your improvised stories. Based on the core idea that narrative shows should not feel like a maths problem, but serve the scenes and players, this course will both bring out and hone your natural narrative instincts. It does not introduce a one-size-fits-all structure, but concentrates on providing players with the skills they need to create stories that they care about, stories which retain all of the freewheeling joy of your first improv class, but feel complete and gratifying to play and watch.
Skills taught include:
- Beginnings, middle and endings – how to create, satisfy and occasionally defy audience expectations
- The important moment – noticing patterns and how interruption can be the start of a story
- Premise – asking ‘what if’ to give you a clear core idea for your show
- A sense of place – how to use genre and specificity to give reality and detail to your setting
- Reaching the crisis – how to know what your character wants, but instead, give them what they need
- Worldview, morality, protagonists and antagonists – how to make your show about something that matters
- Landing the plane – how to make shows that resolve rather than just stop
With a maximum of 12 attendees, the Narrative Toolkit is run by Jules Munns.
Jules Munns started improvising at the Guildhall School where he was a founder member of the Improsarios. After graduating, he co-founded the Nursery, where he is now Artistic Director. He performed with Music Box (5* FringeGuru and Remote Goat) and Friendly Fire before joining the Maydays in 2012. He directed the first run of Impromptu Shakespeare (5* Broadway Baby and Playstosee), which he now performs in and is one-half of Ten Thousand Million Love Stories and Sitting in a Tin Can. He has performed and taught at festivals across the UK and in countries including the US, Pakistan, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Finland. He also runs the Nursery blog and podcast and is working on a book on improvisation.