• Level 2: Performance Improv Course

performance improv course

An 8 week improv course to gently introduce you into performing improv live on stage for the first time, with an end of course show of short-form games and scenes.

This course is designed to follow on from our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course so isn’t a massive leap, and many of the people on it will have come directly from our beginners course.

Over the course you’ll learn how to perform a show of improvised games & scenes using a mix of short-form and scene based improv techniques.

You’ll progress each week with your team of fellow improvisers, before performing in a show together at our Improv Comedy Club in front of a friendly audience.

Taught by regular performers at our Improv Comedy Club, recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, The Londonist and The Evening Standard.

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next available dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 12th November 2018 with Jinni Lyons, including a break over Christmas and New Year, plus performance on Saturday 26th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact workshop dates: Mon 12th Nov, Mon 19th Nov, Mon 26th Nov, Mon 3rd Dec, Mon 10th Dec, Mon 17th Dec, Mon 7th Jan, Mon 14th Jan, Show Sat 26th Jan.


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 14th November 2018 with Jonah Fazel, including a break over Christmas and New Year, plus performance on Saturday 26th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact workshop dates: Wed 14th Nov, Wed 21st Nov, Wed 28th Nov, Wed 5th Dec, Wed 12th Dec, Wed 19th Dec, Wed 9th Jan, Wed 16th Jan, Show Sat 26th Jan. 


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 15th November 2018 with James Witt, including a break over Christmas and New Year, plus performance on Saturday 26th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact workshop dates: Thu 15th Nov, Thu 22nd Nov, Thu 29th Nov, Thu 6th Dec, Thu 13th Dec, Thu 20th Dec, Thu 10th Jan, Thu 17th Jan, Show Sat 26th Jan.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street.
  • £195
  • As above
£195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 13th November 2018 with James Witt, including a break over Christmas and New Year, plus performance on Saturday 26th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact workshop dates: Tue 13th Nov, Tue 20th Nov, Tue 27th Nov, Tue 4th Dec, Tue 11th Dec, Tue 18th Dec, Tue 8th Jan, Tue 15th Jan, Show Sat 26th Jan.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £195
  • As above
£195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 21st November 2018 with Liam Brennan, including a break over Christmas and New Year, plus performance on Saturday 2nd February 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact workshop dates: Wed 21st Nov, Wed 28th Nov, Wed 5th Dec, Wed 12th Dec, Wed 19th Dec, Wed 9th Jan, Wed 16th Jan, Wed 23rd Jan, Show Sat 2nd Feb.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge
  • £195
  • As above
£195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Jinni Lyons, improv teacher

Jinni Lyons

Jinni performs in Bumper Blyton and has toured internationally with her solo show Jinni Lyons is an Only Child. She is also a teacher at The Actors Centre.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam performs in Science of Living Things, Fright Night & Improv Crystal Maze and directs many of our new shows. He has trained at UCB and iO.

Jonah Fazel

Jonah Fazel

Jonah performs in Bumper Blyton the improvised Enid Blyton adventure. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and with Keith Johnstone.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in The Dreamweaver Quartet, Music Box and Newsical. James trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and Drama.

what's included

Each session consists of some fun and friendly warm ups, then some exercises on some of the core skills of improvisation, followed by having some fun with performance games & scenes gradually building up to a show.

You’ll be rehearsing with the same people regularly every week so you progress together. As a committed supportive team you’ll be helping each other to perform in your first ever improv show.

The focus will be on performing as a team, with us teaching using our  experience of performing and directing improv at our venue.

We’ll be helping and encouraging you all the way to your first show. Invite your friends and family and share your love of improv.

In addition to the classes we’re always available to give further advice and have a chat about future performing possibilities. We’ll be able to advise people on things like starting their own groups, places to perform, show formats, promoting, and starting their own improv nights.

We’re even available on an ongoing basis after the course to help give support to performing improvisers and have loads of great ongoing performance opportunities for people who have done our courses.

Overall we hope to give you everything you need to get out into the world of performing for yourself, and will help kick-start you into whatever you want to do.

Improv Basics Recap

  • Teamwork and support
  • Active listening
  • Offers and agreement
  • Yes And
  • Spontaneity
  • Commitment

 

Establishing Location

  • Building a physical environment
  • Object work
  • Activities, actions, entrances
  • Staging to make scenes look cool

 

Establishing Relationship & Character

  • Identifying each other in scenes
  • Building believable relationships
  • Emotional reactions and commitment
  • Being altered
  • Talking to each other about each other
  • Being obvious and responding realistically
  • Being truthful and honest on stage
  • Fun ways to create instant character

Scene Structure

  • Performing scenes from simple suggestions
  • Who, what, where
  • Justifying and incorporating mistakes
  • Spotting what a scene is about
  • Game of the scene and patterns
  • Escalating emotions and other fun things in a scene
  • Reincorporating to find an ending

 

Show Games and Performance Skills

  • Performing a variety of great short-form games
  • Physical, verbal, character and story games
  • How to get out of pre-show nerves
  • Show rehearsals
  • Confidence and having fun with performing in front of an audience

 

Most of all…….

 

Playing and having lots of fun with improv!

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