character course with Susan Harrison
Expand your character range and go beyond your default characters.
We all have certain characters that we go to in improv, from naturalistic to larger than life. Sue will be providing fun energetic exercises and helpful feedback to help you to get out of your comfort zone and find new ways of improvising characters and expand your character range.
She will be teaching a variety of great tools to help find characters in improv including Accents, Impressions, Physicality, Inspiration from Animals, Voice, Movement, Tempo and more.
We’ll be putting this all together to improvise fun yet believable characters that have depth, as even the weirdest of weirdo characters have feelings too!
We’ll then be looking at how to hold your character in longer scenes as they are put into various situations with lots and lots of scene and character practice.
Most of all it’s going to be LOADS of fun with a fun and energetic teaching style.
dates, time, location
Dates: Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 13th March 2019.
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.
Price: £190. Either payable all at once or £95 at time of booking and £95 when the course starts.
Teacher: Susan Harrison.
Workshop Location: KCBC, Vernon Square, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 9EP.
Tube: King’s Cross.
Sue performs with the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Muscial, performing in the West End, Edinburgh Fringe and national tours.
She was a series regular for series 1 and 2 of the BAFTA nominated CBBC sketch show Definitely Not Newsround (for which she wrote her own characters) and was a series regular for series 2 and 3 of BAFTA nominated sketch show Class Dismissed, also for CBBC.
Sue has taken four character shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, one of which “Creatures” won a ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award. Her numerous characters include an elderly mermaid, a folk singing Tony Blair, Andy Warhol in a giant can of soup and a horse who has had plastic surgery to become a unicorn.
She also performs with two-prov group BEINGS and guests with GTI, The Playground and The Actors Nightmare as well as hosting her own character cabaret night.
Sue has a podcast with fellow comedian Gemma Arrowsmith hosted by The British Comedy Guide.
“First class comic acting” (The Guardian)
“A Perfomer with depth and range; able to read the audience with the precision of an old hand…a fantastic character comedian” (Chortle)
She trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Sue will be teaching a variety of great tools to help find characters in improv including:
- Inspiration from animals.
- Leading with different body parts.
- Changing posture.
- Internal metronome.
- Character idiosyncrasies.
- Character game.
- Vocal change.
- Inspiration from inanimate objects.
- Motivations and Objectives.
- Peas in a pod scenes.
- Point of view.
- Drawing characters from real life.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv or acting experience course who want to get better at improvising characters.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other advanced improv courses that would be suitable.
What if I’m running late?
We’ll be starting each session at 7pm. This is an advanced course and we’re trying to form a team, so please don’t book this course if you are likely to be late on a regular basis.
What’s the class size?
Our workshops are usually 12-14 people, and a maximum of 16.
Is there an end of course show?
Not on this course because we wanted to concentrate on character and thought an additional show format on top of this would be distracting. However we are happy to help people find performing opportunities including many at our improv comedy club.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes. You can pay half at time of booking and half once the course starts, please see details at top of page.