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  Category: ClassesOnline Summer Intensive: Improvised Character Toolkit
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Generate compelling, believable and funny characters for use in any improv scenes! About this Event NB This course is open for anyone with some improv experience (eg a Level1/Beginners course or a few regular drop-ins). Study creating characters online in-depth 5 evenings in a row with the same teacher and group. Just like our courses but jam-packed into one week! This intensive runs every evening from Monday 24th August to Friday 28th August, 7 pm-9.30 pm. This course is specially adapted for the digital space, with lessons taken from actor training school and re-worked for the inventive improviser looking to broaden their choices. By the end of the week, you will have a simple toolkit at your disposal which can fast-track you to even greater playful instincts and supercharge any improv scene … Topics covered will be: · Crazy creatures, animals and inanimate objects- How to make them as relatable as they are silly. · Status- Keith Johnstone’s most lasting legacy in impro, learn how playing with status can better tell the story of a scene. · Accents, impressions & voices – Unlock the power of your voice to create surprising (often ridiculous) new choices for yourself and your scene partners. · The ‘Viewpoints’ system- As it relates to character, influenced by Anne Bogart. Find greater specificity in your choices onstage and onscreen with exercises that explore Gesture, physical architecture and Spatial Relationships. · We will also touch upon physicality, to the extent that the online medium allows. + There will be some homework in the form of a life study assignment, which will contribute towards the work in classes. Note: You will not be required to roll around on your hands and knees pretending to be a Weasel or a tree- but it might just happen anyway. This course is created by Jonah Fazel, an experienced character actor, theatre-maker and Television presenter who trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy. He has trained in multiple improvisational styles and has been teaching improvisation for over a decade. In addition to being a guest lecturer at many UK drama schools, he is also a professor of improvisation and The University of Creative Arts. He can currently be seen as a series regular on BAFTA-winning online comedy ‘History Bombs’, the award-winning kids TV show ‘Treasure champs’ and touring the UK with the hit genre show Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure SPEAKERS MAP COMMENTS RELATED EVENTS

7:00pm Category: Classes[7:00pm] Hoopla Impro Workshop
Description:
7pm - 9:30pm 12.50 Book online at www.hooplaimpro.com A flexible weekly improv workshop, different topic every Monday including things like Back to Basics, Yes And, Listening, Agreement, Character and Storytelling. We create a safe, fun, friendly and supportive environment where improvisers are free to play and be themselves. Each session will start with some fun warm ups and core skills like Listening & Yes And before focussing on the week's main theme (different theme each week). In the second half there will be a mix of fun performance games, scenes, stories and improv formats. After that there is an optional social at the local pub. Most of all the focus will be on improvising in a fun and carefree way, and getting lots of practice in. If you want to do a more thorough improv course take a look at our longer improv courses and also our longer weekend improv classes. www.hooplaimpro.com

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Intro to Narrative
Description:
This Experienced intensive runs every evening from 26th to 30th October, 7 pm-9.30 pm BST/GMT+1 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. In this online course, you'll learn the core principles of Narrative Improv Skills. Creating fun, satisfying stories - but without getting caught up by the ‘plot monster'. You will use improv scenes to explore different narrative structures and ways of creating story and characters with a strong point of view. What can I expect? Narrative structures and exercises Protagonists, antagonists and what to do with them Scenes that serve your story Being obvious Putting it all together to create satisfying and exciting narratives for you and your audience

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Musical Improv
Description:
This intermediate intensive runs every evening from Monday 26th to Friday 30th October, 7 pm-9.30 pm BST/GMT+1 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. Five evenings in a row of improvising musicals with two of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene, Heather Urquhart & Joe Samuel. You will have an opportunity to connect with people around the world and share community and laughter through Musical improvisation games and scenes. During this online intensive, you’ll be introduced to the core skills of melody and lyrics, rhyming and choruses, leading to the ability to create songs on any topic right there. In a supportive and nurturing environment, you’ll see how to fit songs into scenes and perform with flair and commitment. Please note this class will involve some solo singing.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Organic Harold
Description:
This Experienced intensive runs every evening from 26th October to 30th October, 7.00pm-9.30pm BST/GMT+1 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. Intimidated by the cult of the ‘Harold’? Curious as to what the fuss is all about? Want to take a step into longform without losing the freewheeling fun? Or just looking for a way to brush up your longform skills? Why not spend six weeks on the organic Harold with Nursery founder Jules Munns? The basis of much longform improvisation, the ‘Harold’ is a 20-30 minute improvisation format composed of scenes and ‘games’ created fresh each time it is played. With its distinctive three-part structure, it gives a sense of coherence and unity to a show, but it is also flexible enough to change with the team, the night and content. It is an excellent training tool and sandpit to expand and improve your improvisational instincts. Once you know it, you will start to see elements of it everywhere on TV and film.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] We Want Information impro workshop
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We Want Information impro workshop. Please note that we now start half an hour earlier at 7pm. Cost £7. Every Monday except Bank Holidays. Now in our eighth year.

Category: Classes[7:30pm] The Maydays / Nursery Online Improv Drop-In
Description:
The Maydays / Nursery Online Improv Drop-In PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE CORRECT DATE FROM THE DROP DOWN BOX WHEN FOLLOWING THE BOOKING LINK AS THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. In response to the unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus, the Nursery and the Maydays are moving their joint improvisation classes online with immediate effect. We believe improvisation is a very useful way to connect with people and can help us to keep perspective and balance in these challenging and confusing times. We want to continue offering people this, even if the medium is slightly changed. These online drop-in classes are slightly shorter and cheaper than our normal drop-in classes, but still offer the same combination of pair and group work, and are still open to both beginners and more experienced improvisers. Initially, they were running at the normal times of 7 pm Wednesday, 8 pm Thursday and 1 pm Saturday, but this has already proved hugely popular with online sessions already selling out, so we’ve now added lots more! When? Monday to Friday – 7.30 pm-9.30 pm every evening Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm-3 pm & 3.30 pm-5.30 pm Where? ONLINE ZOOM ROOM Who is it for? The drop-in is a wide ability class but is specifically aimed at newer improvisers or more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgemental. Who is teaching it? For variety, the teacher will change every week. All teachers are either from The Maydays or The Nursery Theatre and are highly experienced improvisers and teachers. How much is it? £10+ booking fee per class, bookable in advance How do I join an online class? There is simply a link for you to click, which will be included in your booking summary email once you’ve bought your place. *classes are limited to 12 students and no guarantee is made of a place if you do not book. Please note that the Nursery who ticket these events cannot refund tickets after purchase. The minimum age for all Nursery classes is 18. Please also note that classes start on time and if you are more than 30 minutes late without letting us know, you may not be able to join the class, as you will have missed warmups. This is at the teacher’s discretion. Please check the date and title of this event carefully as we are unable to issue any refunds except in case of cancellation by the Nursery. The Maydays and Nursery Online Improv Classes FAQ on our website


Category: Shows[8:00pm] Duck Duck Goose Improv jam
Description:
Three top improv acts, plus YOU can play in two-person scenes and montages. Free show.

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