impro workshop

Hi James,  what are your favourite improv exercises? As a pre-show warm up is ‘Three Line Scenes’ where you hammer home the names / descriptions of who you are, where you are and what you’re doing there.    This is good practice for when you’re inside the show when adrenaline often means these vital bits of information[…]

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Beings

Hi Andrew, what got you into improv in the first place? I trained as an actor and always found the improvised scenes to be more alive, and improv exercises left more room for creative play and silliness – which is closer to my sensibilities. So once I finished the course I went hunting for improv meet-ups[…]

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chris p2

We had a catch up with Chris to find out about the course he created ‘Improvised Theatre with Chris Mead’ and what else he has been up to recently. Hi Chris, can you tell us what is the Improvised Theatre course? The improvised theatre course is for improvisers who have gone through all the improv basics[…]

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Hoopla audience laughing

I find this game hard! A couple of times this season people have said to me that they find a game hard. My first impulse was to try to make it less hard for them, or give them something else. But actually my new response is just “yes, it’s hard”. The game where this is[…]

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Hoopla Big Christmas Thanks! Hi everyone. This is my big Christmas thank you blog! I’ve been trying to write it all week and have procrastinated and procrastinated and now it is midnight on Christmas Eve and I have to write it now after watching It’s A Wonderful Life for the first time ever! About 11[…]

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Steve alone on stage

How to practice improv by yourself Every time you pick up an object in real life, immediately after pick up the mimed version of the object with the same movements and imagine the same weight. It helps to notice how actions work in real life so we can make our object work more believable. Play[…]

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Steve host

Some quick helpful tips on hosting an improv night. Someone just asked me about hosting an improv shows and if I had any tips, I thought the following might be helpful! Being yourself, but what self? Sometimes good hosting is as simple as being yourself. But which self? We are lots of different people so[…]

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