truth in comedy
truth in comedy
With Maria Peters from The Playground and Breaking & Entering.
8 week course with Maria Peters inspired by her training with iO Chicago.
For experienced improvisers who want to immerse themselves in the origins of Chicago style long-form improvisation and discover truth in comedy.
Topics over the course will include Agreement, Support, Trust, Patterns, Themes and Relationships. Most of all we’ll be exploring being honest on stage and using our full selves in the present moment.
Instead of going for the quick jokes we’ll be playing the reality of the scene and improvising moment to moment with what feels honest and true there and then.
Maria will be creating a really supportive team where you feel confident to express yourself and use your true feelings and life experiences in scenes.
This style of improvisation feels liberating for the performer, and creates fantastically rich and funny scenes for the audience.
There’s nothing funnier than the truth.
next available dates:
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 13th September 2022. SOLD OUT
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 15th September 2022. SOLD OUT
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 17th March 2022. SOLD OUT
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 17th May 2022. SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.
Teacher: Maria Peters.
Price: £220. Either payable all at once or £100 at time of booking and £120 when the course starts.
Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PF.
Tube: Liverpool Street or Moorgate.
This is an advanced course suitable for people with previous experience.
Maria performs in Breaking & Entering and The Yes Queens and also co-produces The Playground with Lauren Shearing, which they have grown to be one of London’s most popular improv nights.
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, the author of Truth in Comedy, and originally developer of The Harold with Del Close.
Maria 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 15 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!
Who is this suitable for?
Experienced improvisers who want to explore the Chicago style of long-form improvisation and truth in comedy.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
Ideally our level 4 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 with themes like Story, Musicals, Harold, Deconstruction and more. Running both online and in real life.
What’s the class size?
Limited to 15 people. Average of 12-14 people.
Is there an end of course show?
No. We want to focus on the theme and thought doing a show format on top of it may be distracting. We do have various performing opportunities at Hoopla though and are happy to help any groups that form from the course.
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 if I can't make all of the workshops?
Please don't book the course if you are likely to miss more than 2 workshops. This is an advanced course with topics building on each other week on week, so please don't book the course if you are likely to miss more than 2 workshops.