What we're about

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Perhaps you've already tried improv and you love it. Maybe you haven't a clue what it is.

It's like a comedy sketch show but completely made up on the spot. It can also be a longer piece of theatre often based on one word or title from the audience. Get out of your comfort zone and do something totally crazy! It's not just for 'confident' people, it's proven to help people who suffer from anxiety and we have many people through the door who say it's helped them.

Watch this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-429227... (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-42922769/world-hacks-how-improv-helped-me-beat-anxiety)

We help each other regain a creativeness we had naturally when we were children.

Improv comedy is booming in popularity right now, although it's been around in current form since the 1960s. You may know it best from the TV show "Whose Line is It Anyway?". It's a bit like that, part sketch, part theatre, but we have no script.

We'll show you how to create comedy magic out of thin air. There's no 'natural comic ability' required.

Read a short history here http://www.improvcomedy.org/history.html (http://www.improvcomedy.org/history.html)

£2 a session are we mad?
We have a "co-op not-for-profit ethos". So your workshop leaders give their time for next-to-nothing. Nonetheless, Geoff & Sabrina have over 25 years of improv experience between them.

You will be very welcome to come to regular workshops and jams in Nottingham. Workshops are open to all levels of Improv experience. The Monday evenings sessions are every week in the upstairs room at Bunkers Hill (only £2) exclusive to this MeetUp group. Bunkers Hill is a lovely craft ale pub in Hockley close to the Motorpoint Arena.

There are also Thursday sessions run by MissImp (£5) at the Malt Cross and the opportunity to join or form performance groups which meet on other nights. These include musical improv from Rhymes Against Humanity, Vox Pops and an all female improv troop called the Vortex. New groups are forming all the time leading to a huge Nottingham improv community.

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What to expect in a typical 2 hour session

• A warmup to get you into the 'spontaneity zone'

• Tips and warmup exercises to build your performance confidence

• Scene-based short form games you may have seen on shows like 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'

• Scenes based on a one word suggestion, phrases, location, occupation, relationship

• Friendly coaching

• Guaranteed laughter

We are open for all to attend, regardless of gender and gender identification, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, age (over 18 - this is a venue requirement), nationality, ability to speak English, disability status*, or anything else. Everyone is free to develop how they wish. You may be asked if you wish to perform in a public show, but you won't be pressured. We aim to perform non-offensive light-hearted comedy that everyone can enjoy. We aim to achieve good quality improv, based on established professional techniques e.g. those written about and performed by Keith Johnstone and Del Close.

At any one time we are generally up to one of the following:

Workshops - practicing our improv skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Shows - performing or watching public improv shows whenever we can

Corporate events - do you need a team-building or motivational event for your staff or just to give them a fun break? Get in touch!

What does the £2 cover on a Monday? The coaching and workshops on Mondays are not for profit. Running a MeetUp group costs the organiser a monthly fee and our venue charges for space. If we want to perform a show, the room hire at weekends can be expensive, so any spare money from Mondays will be kept to fund any shortfall from door takings at a show.

If you have some experience and would like to help run sessions, please message Geoff.

*We meet upstairs on a Monday in a venue where there's no lift unfortunately, so if you have a physical disability, please get in touch first to discuss access.

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SATURDAY Improv Show - The Vox Pops + On Fire!

Nonsuch Studios

Get ready for a sketch show to be made up in front of your very eyes as The Vox Pops bring their signature blend of hilarious characters and comic scenes to Nonsuch Studios! In every show they have a different special guest speaker who tells true stories from their life based on audience suggestions, The Vox Pops then tear them apart and put them back together in weird and wonderful shapes inspiring a show that will never happen again. The truth has never been funnier! With support from MissImp: On Fire! - a group of some of the most talented and newest people from the MissImp community! Your MissImp On Fire cast are: Seema Bee Emma Bennetto Guy Berresford Alastair Mavin Nikki Morgan Orla Ratcliffe Dave Tuer James Warfield Nottingham’s MissImp is the longest continuously running improvised theatre company outside of London, and in 2018 celebrated its 20th anniversary producing top quality improvised comedy theatre in Nottingham and the East Midlands. “Improv Heroes” -- The Metro “Totally bizarre, funny, and enthralling!” -- Nottingham Evening Post “Each show is a unique performance which leaves the audience in stitches!” -- LeftLion

MONDAY Improv workshop. Generate comedy without a script! Bunkers Hill

Click on 'About us' in the left column below the main photo for a detailed overview of our improv sessions. OR read "What we're about" on the homepage if you're viewing the 'new look' MeetUp. VENUE - Bunkers Hill Fun, silly and confidence building, Monday improv sessions take place frequently and the average group size is 12-14 people. Led by Geoff (http://www.geoffmonk.com/) It's an informal jam/workshop with gentle support and coaching. Pay £2 cash on the night. NO PREVIOUS IMPROV OR ACTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! On-street meter parking is available close by for £1 all evening. WANT TO PERFORM? Ask about performance opportunities. We aim to run a show every month or so.

Smash Night (MissImp presents)

The Angel Microbrewery

MissImp proudly presents SMASH NIGHT: a brand new night of improvised comedy! Never-seen-before... Never-to-be-seen-again! Watch in amazement as some of the finest improv teams around live life on the edge, experiment and push the boundaries of what they do with hilarious results! Witness them take to the stage with nothing but their wits and transform YOUR suggestions spontaneously into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious. I mean, what more could you want from a Wednesday?! DOORS: 7:30pm SHOW: 8:00pm £5 on the door. £3 concessions LINE UP ~~~~~~~~~~~ To be Announced! ALWAYS FEATURING: *SMASH NIGHT SOCIAL CLUB* Our in-house team is a revolving cast of longtime vets of the improv scene. This ragtag collection of comedy cowboys play fast ’n’ loose with the rules (and their metaphors), throw off the hand brake, and whisk you away to a place you never dreamed of. Spinning your suggestions into scenes and stories, characters and creatures, myths and monsters! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may even find yourself questioning everything you ever knew… Only one thing’s for certain when these guys hit the stage: you ain’t in Kansas any more, punk!

MONDAY Improv workshop. Generate comedy without a script! Bunkers Hill

Click on 'About us' in the left column below the main photo for a detailed overview of our improv sessions. OR read "What we're about" on the homepage if you're viewing the 'new look' MeetUp. VENUE - Bunkers Hill Fun, silly and confidence building, Monday improv sessions take place frequently and the average group size is 12-14 people. Led by Geoff (http://www.geoffmonk.com/) It's an informal jam/workshop with gentle support and coaching. Pay £2 cash on the night. NO PREVIOUS IMPROV OR ACTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! On-street meter parking is available close by for £1 all evening. WANT TO PERFORM? Ask about performance opportunities. We aim to run a show every month or so.

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