improvise a play!
improvised theatre course
A brand new 8 week course with Chris Mead, including a show performance at the end.
Chris will be focusing on what he is most passionate about; creating improvised theatre with a show that looks like scripted theatre. A course inspired by the shows of TJ & Dave, Dummy and Dasiriski.
Performing emotionally connected scenes where laughter is a possibility but not the only response we want from the audience. Improv that focuses on relationships and interaction between human beings.
We’ll be breaking out of the rules of improv to focus on people going on stage with nothing and discovering everything they need right there in the moment in the relationship with their scene partner.
Scenes about how amazing it is to be alive and how interesting, funny, difficult and delightful life can be. We’ll aim to not just be funny but also be profound, delightful, sad and moving with improv that provokes emotions.
We’ll progressing together as a team over the autumn before shaping what we learn into a brand new show.
dates, time, location
This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.
Price: £200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Teacher: Chris Mead (with guest teacher for one week).
Workshop Location: The Poor School, 242 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9JY.
Tube: King’s Cross.
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teacher Chris Mead
Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and The Hideout in Austin, Texas, as well as almost every improv school in London.
He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College and University of London.
He has performed at various improv festivals internationally including Austin Texas, Norway, Barcelona and Dublin.
Chris improvises with the award winning Maydays, sci-fi group Project2 and has recently co-founded Sonder, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form.
Chris co-produces Geekeasy, one of the most popular regular nights at Hoopla’s Improv Theatre.
He is one of the Artistic Directors of The Nursery Theatre.
He also hosts YesBot, a podcast dedicated to the theory and craft of improv (but with added exploding robots).
We’ll be covering a variety of topics and themes over the course, and also responding to the needs of the group.
- Emotional connection.
- Playing the truth of the scene.
- Making beautiful scenes.
- Being grounded and naturalistic.
- Playing longer scenes.
- Finding moments of play.
- Playing the relationship of the scene.
- Bringing yourself to the stage.
- Playing with silence.
- Stage pictures and stage craft.
- Great acting for improvisers.
- Discovering rather than inventing.
- Sense of stage craft and theatricality.
- Importance of being specific.
- Starting positive.
- Sense of theatricality and stagecraft.
- Playing emotional life events.
- Organically created emotionally connected scenes.
- Creating your own show formats as a group.
The exact topics and themes will vary depending on the group and will be developed as the course goes on.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv or acting experience who want to learn and experiment with a new style.
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 can’t make every week?
As we’re forming a team over the course to do performances at the end it’s best not to miss more than two sessions over the course. Please don’t book the course if you’re likely to miss more than two sessions.
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?
The group size is going to be limited to 14 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.
Where is the show?
The show takes place at our improv comedy club at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.
Do I have to perform in the show at the end?
No. The show is optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the show.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes. You can book and pay the £100 first instalment (non-refundable) and pay the remaining £100 once the course starts.