How to improvise satirical scenes based on the news of the day.
Satire in the UK has a rich history including The Establishment with Peter Cook in the 1960s, The Comedy Store and The Comic Strip with Alexei Sayle and co. in the early 1980s, Spitting Image in the 1980s and 1990s, and The Day Today and Brass Eye in the 1990s.
In our opinion satire has lost its edge and impact since then, at the exact point it is needed most. But we want to help bring brave biting satire back into mainstream comedy.
Is the world beyond satire? No, it needs it more than ever.
Right now coming together and collaborating with people of all backgrounds is itself a political act. You have the right to criticise and make fun of people in power. They are doing propaganda on you afterall, so now is your time to flip it around and get revenge.
A 6 week course to inspire people to improvise and devise scenes based on the news of the day, and take improv beyond pineapples and spatulas.
No previous experience of satire needed but you will need previous improv experience.
dates, time, location
Dates: Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 7th November 2019. BOOK NOW
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.
Price: £195. Either payable all at once or £95 at time of booking and £100 when the course starts.
Teacher: Maria Peters.
Workshop Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue, off Whitecross Place, London, EC2M 2PP.
Tube: Liverpool Street or Moorgate.
Maria performs in Breaking & Entering and produces The Playground, which she has grown to be one of London’s most popular improv nights.
Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and played to sell-out audiences.
She also writes for BBC Radio Comedy including the satirical show Newsjack.
Maria has performed at numerous international improv festivals including Estonia, The Netherlands, Philadelphia, Portugal & Dublin.
She has studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close.
She has also studied with Keith Johnstone, Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in Chicago.
To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 10 years in learning, training & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.
Maria believes it’s paramount to put her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having a bloody good time.
Maria will be teaching a variety of great tools to help create satirical scenes in improv including:
- Being inspired by the day’s headlines.
- Pulling premises from newspaper articles.
- Finding the premise and game of the scene from current affairs.
- Reversing the reality.
- Exaggerating the reality.
- Characters and impressions.
- Putting topical events in contrasting settings.
- Putting topical characters in contrasting locations.
- Finding the funny and ridiculous.
- Making fun of people in power.
- Improvising and devising scenes.
- Experimenting with Chicago inspired show formats, eg Whirled News Tonight.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv or acting experience course who want to learn how to improvise satirical scenes.
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.
What’s the class size?
Our workshops are usually 14 people.
Is there an end of course show?
Not on this course because we wanted to concentrate on satire and thought an additional show format on top of this would be distracting. However we are happy to help people find performing opportunities including many at our improv comedy club.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes. You can pay half at time of booking and half once the course starts, please see details at top of page.
Do I need to have previous experience of satire?
No, just improv.
Do I need to be up to date on current affairs?
No. We'll be getting up to date over the duration of the course.
Does it matter what political beliefs I have?
No. We will be looking at things from all sides, as long as it's funny. No nazis allowed though. "oh no, that's not fair on nazis". Boo-hoo, no nazis.