201 Drummond Street London, NW1, London, London
From The Fear Of Failing To The Pleasure Of Playing.
When: Every Tuesday from 17 Jan to 28 Feb, 8 to 10 pm.
Who: This course is for people who have never done improvisation before or want to refresh their skills. Beginners classes cover the basics of improvisation: pleasure, awareness, cooperation and flow.
What: You will learn to express yourself while listening to others through relaxation, play and curiosity.
How much: Early bird = £146 for the full, 7 weeks course. (£10.50/hour). See website for Cons.
Limited to 16 participants.
Online booking essential with a 50% deposit:
Structure. Each class consists of three periods: relaxation, practice, and performance. Each period varies in length depending on the experience of the people taking part. A beginner session will explore relaxation and flow at length while an advanced session will concentrate on performing.
Method. Our classes are highly interactive and conditioned by the level of pleasure and energy in the room. We take the time to unwind and warm-up properly, and put our attention on space and movements as much as dialogues. Our guiding principles are complicity, pleasure, and forgiveness.
Pace. The speed at which participants acquire the necessary skills depends on each individual. The confidence to speak with pleasure in front of an audience will manifest sooner or later through voice and body training as well as repeated exposure. The capacity to keep listening no matter what is far more capricious. To get there, or close enough, participants will need to give themselves the freedom to experiment and the freedom to fail.
Learning. Some of the learning takes place in stages and each session is dedicated to a particular aspect of improvisation. Other times learning happen in a breakthrough. As you play or watch other people play you suddenly realise something about yourself or the way you do things. A moment of clarity that has to be experienced because it cannot be imparted. Giving and receiving continuous feedback will also help you make sense of it all.
Our background. As well as Keith Johnstone, Viola Spolin and Del Close, our teaching is inspired by other forms of improvisation such as Playback Theatre and Action Theatre. Beyond banter, we believe that improvisation can bring many voices together to narrate stories with words, movements, sounds and music, and that the ability to do so resides in all of us.
Our students. Among our students are teachers, warehouse workers, managers, doctors, actors, students, lawyers, entrepreneurs, shop assistants, filmakers, youth workers, travellers, architects, and traders. A good proportion of them came from abroad. They are telling us that they first took our class for various reasons, from overcoming shyness to communicating better, taking new responsibilities, helping with their acting, finding out what they were made of or simply meeting new people in an exciting space. Improvisation thrives on diversity and each new group has a great influence on the overall outcome. If it's your first time you will be looked after. If you've done it before you will discover new possibilities with new people.
Putting impro into practice is fun, hilarious and beautiful and takes vulnerability and courage. Doing Impro can feel like wanting to cling on desperately to the log and other times finding yourself floating effortlessly down the river.
Laura Steinhart, Craniosacral Therapist
I surprised myself with my own decisions and actions. It's like part of me I have always known but have kept at a safe distance has been given space to breathe and it feels liberating. I'm grateful I found your classes and will hopefully be back for more.
I had never done anything like this before and so was rather nervous but I think you do a really good job putting people at their ease. Thank you very much for a really positive experience. I hope to take another course in not too long.
Christine Young, Educationalist and facilitator
'Social anxiety was my main concerned. Your course helped me much beyond my expectations.'
Xavier P, Risk Management
'I had a great deal of fun and felt I learnt a lot in such a short time. I felt challenged and nourished.' Hannah Nicholas, Actor
'I found more about myself in one day than I did with one term of my interpersonal communications course.' Rachel Melinek, Student
'The facilitator strikes a perfect balance between pushing his students out of their comforts and making sure everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves. The results are transformative.' Valerie Peake, Life Coach/Musician
'Learning about improvisation was like 'taking the handbrake off my life.' Simon Bell, Training Consultant
'Encouraged you to step out of your comfort zone in a way which was stretching but not scary.' Sarah Woodthorpe, Accountant
'The facilitator was clearly very experienced and truly excellent.' Ruth Whaling, Psychologist
'Brilliantly delivered, suitable for all levels, built in many layers of impro and skills, and was huge fun!' Emma Smallman, Groupworker
'Highly recommended.' Jonathan Chappell, GP
'I'm a full time stand up comedian these days and your course helped me massively.' Jonny Awsum, Comedian
'Great facilitation, great atmosphere, you'll learn a great deal about yourself, and have a laugh a minute.' Jemma Gray, Executive Assistant
'I had a great time laughing with a fantastic bunch of fun creative people every week.' Frankie Hardy, Nurse
'The Quality of teaching is extraordinary!' Benni Lehne, Ph.D. student
'I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt skills which have greatly impacted upon my life.' Eve Macdonald, Youth Development
'Thanks again for such a fabulous weekend.' Deborah Rothenberg, Drama & Movement Therapist
'You were a joy to learn with.' Ola Aralepo, Comedian
'Magnificent course, I'm so glad I took it.' Jenny Glanville, Hypnotherapist
'Many classes I come in after work feeling a little drained and every night I leave feeling excited and refreshed.' Andrew Dowe, Consultant
'It really gives you a confidence boost and it is great fun!' Andlib Mohsin, Criminal Lawyer
'The knowledge and flexibility gained have proven especially useful to me in auditioning.' Liis Mikk, Actor