devise your own show
devise your own improv show
A brand new online course with Chris Mead!
Chris is teaching a brand new course on how to devise, develop, rehearse and produce your own improv show from scratch.
We’ll be looking at how to create exciting new ideas based on what you love, be that improvised sci-fi B-movies, improvised operas or the entire back catalogue of Nicholas Cage.
From the initial seed of an idea Chris will then help you choose the improv tools you need to get the show up and running. You’ll also be developing your own improv exercises as homework and then trying them out with the rest of the class as you work together on different show ideas.
Chris will be fostering a culture of practice and support as you work together to create exciting new improvised theatre. There will be homework, additional self-run online practices, socials, and additional check-in time with Chris. Together we’ll be building a team to try out your new show ideas.
Chris will also be working on the skills of producing a professional show including deciding company values, defining the show’s selling point, casting a show, how to run auditions, publicity and how to design a striking image and copy to sell a show.
Chris Mead performs in the award winning Maydays, sci-fi group Project2 and has recently co-founded Unmade Theatre, a company dedicated to improvisation as a theatrical art-form. He has also recently directed Tomes and with The Nursery Emotion Play, Neverfolk and The Long Weekend.
Designed for people with previous improv experience. If you haven’t got that it’s best to start with our beginners improv course first.
dates, time, location
Every Wednesday for 4 weeks from Wednesday 3rd June 2020 with Chris Mead. SOLD OUT.
Time: 7pm – 9pm each week.
Price: £120. Reduced to £105 for NHS workers or if your income has greatly been reduced by lockdown.
Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.
This course is now sold out. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list.
This course is online:
1. Book your preferred date on this page.
2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you log-in for the zoom chat.
3. You then click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.
4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link. Laptops work better than ipads and phones for improv over Zoom.
5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.
Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and The Hideout in Austin, Texas.
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 Unmade Theatre, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form. In collaboration with Nursery Originals he has recently directed Emotion Play, NeverFolk and The Long Weekend.
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).
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv experience who want to devise their own shows.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
You should have done at least our Beginners Improv Course or a similar amount of improv somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people totally new to improv or acting.
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?
Are there any end of coure shows?
You will be practicing bits of your show in class but there won't be an official end of course show. The course aims to give you the tools you need to create your own long-term shows and after lockdown we have many performing opportunities for you to put it on.
What do I need to take part?
Laptop with camera and an internet connection. Laptops work better than phones or ipads, but phones and ipads also work.
Do I need to sign up to Zoom in advance?
No. On the day of the workshop we email you with all you need for zoom.
When do you email the Zoom link to take part?
On the day of the first workshop.
Can I transfer to this from my booking for a real-life course that has been postponed?
Yes. We don't have the tech on our website for you to do this automatically, but email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do this and we will move your booking and payment over and refund you any difference.
Will this course keep going online if lock-down stops earlier than expected?
Yes. It will still finish as an online course to make sure that everyone can make it, as some people may be booking from outside the UK.