• tomes

tomes with Chris Mead

The adventurous new show format.

At Hoopla we do the classic improv formats like The Harold, Deconstruction, Improvised Musical and Narrative, but we also aim to inspire improvisers to explore new directions with innovative new show formats like Tomes.

This is a totally new course to Hoopla and a new show format to the UK, taught by one of the UK’s best teachers Chris Mead.

Chris learnt the format on his improv travels around North America, and has been eager to introduce it to these shores because it weaves narrative, improvised theatre and adventure together into one awesome show experience.

In the show the team of improvisers enter the stage with a trunk full of paperback fantasy adventure novels collected together from hidden second hand bookshops, charity shops and forgotten attics.

The audience choose a book and the cover, description and first paragraph inspire the show, with the improvisers creating the rest of the novel live on stage in one huge multi-scene show.

Expect action, adventure, dragons, mythical lands, fantastic characters and epic stories.

Chris will be working with the cast to create a full theatrical experience including props, costumes and soundtrack building up to a fantastic show.

This course is only for people with previous long-form improv experience. If you haven’t got long-form improv experience please start at one of our earlier levels.

dates, time, location

Dates: Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 12th September 2019, plus show on Thursday 7th November 2019.

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Price: £235. Either payable all at once or £100 at time of booking and £135 when the course starts.

Teacher: Chris Mead (with guest for one week).

Workshop Location: The Nursery Training Centre, 6th Floor, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QD.

Tube: London Bridge.

This course is only for people with previous long-form improv experience. If you haven’t got long-form improv experience please start at one of our earlier levels.

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 and Dublin.

Chris improvises with the award winning Maydays, sci-fi group Project2 and has recently co-founded Unmade Theatre Co, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form.

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).

topics

Chris will be teaching a variety of topics over the course including:

  • Creating captivating stories.
  • Improvising intriguing characters.
  • Bringing theatricality to improv.
  • Creating costumes.
  • Bringing a sense of adventure to your improv choices.
  • Being inspired by genre.
  • Exploring the Tomes show format.

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