Three Genres: Wes Anderson, Bollywood and Ancient Greek Drama. With Jonah Fazel & Waleed Akhtar
About this Event
In this 6 week course co-taught by Jonah Fazel & Waleed Akhtar, you will play within the Stylised nostalgia of a visually stunning but melancholic Wes Anderson movie, work with the societally relevant and moralistic themes of ancient Greek Tragedy. Plus- It’s glitz, it’s glamour, high drama… It’s BOLLYWOOD!! Get all the joy of playing big outrageous fun characters, and exploring the dynamics of an Asian family with none of the long term scarring or therapy bills.
You will expand on your knowledge of working with genres as experienced in the Principles of Genre Course and feel ready to develop your own show, audition for a genre-based team or just simply smash that short-form genre audience suggestion.
With some customised and new exercises original to this course, you’ll examine this term’s genres in an environment with players at a similar experience level and be provided with a reading/watching list so that you arrive at the class ready to dive deep.
What to expect:
- Narrative forms: For instance; alternative narration styles, letter writing, structure, explore various storytelling modes and narrative steering techniques.
- Explore genre-specific ways of pushing the story forward and editing.
- World building & scene painting
- Make clear and true to genre characters, and provide them with style-specific wants, choices and obstacles.
- Establish ways to succinctly communicate your ‘in world’ choices using characteristics, discuss how to disentangle troublesome stereotypes from useful character types.
- Form specific lexicon and accents
- Cinematography and theatrical staging
Min. participants 6, max. participants 12.
We offer scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.Scholarships are available for all online courses. You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:
Afford these courses
Or be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason
No set criteria
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If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24hours notice (and you will receive a warning 48 hours before the course if this looks likely).
Waleed Akhtar as his name implies is an actor and also an Improviser with over a decade of experience and has been on various house teams for Monkey Toast and The FA in the UK. He is the founding member of Bollyprov – (An Improvised Bollywood Comedy) and also one of the founders of Duck Duck Goose. He draws on his acting background to help students connect with truth in their improv even if their characters are larger than life.
As an actor he has worked extensively on stage, while film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and The Roads Not Taken, and improvised comedy Night Bus (Best Supporting Actor Nomination BIFF). Credits for TV include Three Girls (BBC), Tyrant (Fox), Bucket (BBC), and next up he will be returning to The Great (Hulu/C4). He’s also contributed sketches material to both Radio 4’s Sketchtopia and NewsJack and has other writing projects in development.
Jonah Fazelis a veteran Character Actor, Theatre-maker, Television presenter and one of the UK’s most prominent improvisers, with over 15 years of performing and coaching experience. He trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and in multiple improvisational styles. He is the lecturer of improvisation at The University of Creative Arts, The Bridge Theatre Training Company and teaches at many UK drama schools and improv companies.
As a facilitator, he specialises in character, narrative, and acting skills. He can be seen on stage in the UK in Bumper Blyton and on Youtube in Improtoons- an animated improv cartoon series.
This advanced course runs every Sunday afternoon from 2nd May to 20th June, 4.00 pm-6.00 pm BST
Advanced (3years+) 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.
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