emotional connection course
Get into trouble and fall in love!
The most important thing on an improv stage is your scene partner.
So logically as the only other real, living, breathing thing in the scene, your relationship to them is of the utmost importance. You can transform your improv by learning to forge an emotional connection with them.
Feel something, anything, about them – deeply, irrationally, completely and see how your scenes blossom in delightful and unfathomable ways.
This course will teach you performance grade techniques that you can use immediately to get out of your head and improvise from your heart. Whether you know your fellow improviser well or are playing with them for the first time, harness the life-changing power of caring about your scene partner.
A course inspired by the shows of TJ & Dave, Dummy and Dasiriski.
Improv that focuses on truthful emotional connection, relationships and interaction between human beings, leading to both hilarious and touching scenes.
Improv from the heart.
next available dates
Dates: Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 6th November 2023. SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm – 9pm.
Teacher: Chris Mead.
Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 4AF.
Tube: Bank, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Aldgate.
This is an advanced course designed for people with previous long-form improv experience. You must have completed levels 1-4 before signing up for this course.
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, Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin.
Chris improvises with the award winning Maydays and sci-fi group Project 2, and was previously one of the Artistic Directors of The Nursery Theatre.
He co-founded The Unmade Theatre Company, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form with who he has directed many theatrical improv shows including Emotion Play, NeverFolk and The Long Weekend.
Chris is also one of our main Directors and Producers for the Hoopla House Team programme.
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 relationship of the scene.
- Playing the truth of the scene.
- Making beautiful scenes.
- Finding moments of play.
- Bringing yourself to the stage.
- Comedy coming from being truthful, honest and real.
- Stage pictures and stage craft.
- Great acting for improvisers.
- Discovering rather than inventing.
- Truth in comedy.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous long-form improv or acting experience who want to go into deeper emotional connection and relationships on stage.
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.
Does this course replace the Improvised Theatre course?
Yes. We found in the Improvised Theatre course that we wanted to focus on emotional connection above everything else, so we are doubling down on that. The narrative side of improvised theatre we will instead be covering in our narrative long-form course.
What if I can't make every session?
Please don’t book the course if you’re likely to miss more than one session.
What’s the class size?
Our class sizes are capped at a maximum of 16 people and are an average of 12-14 people per workshop.
Is there a show at the end?
No. We want to focus on the core skill of emotional connection without getting distracted by a show.