Tuesday 30 April 2013

First Night of the New Course

I'm always filled with trepidation before a new course, even after doing it for so long. There's always a moment of fear before hand. Will I be able to do it? Will they get it? What if there's no trust?

And then we start and it all starts falling gently into place. Last night was no exception. Some old faces and some new and some new old faces.

It never ceases to amaze me how with just a simple exercise of 'Yes, and' people start creating such amazing stories. I like to get them to do 'No, but' after they've spun a fantastic story with 'Yes, and' with only one of the pair saying 'no, but'. Usually after having to call stop after the 'Yes, and' while everyone runs away with their stories the 'No, but' exercise fizzles out as the stories just can't take off. Last night 'No, but' didn't fizzle out as quickly as usual. In fact one couple seemed to be getting in a duel with both getting more and more inventive with reasons not to agree. (Very entertaining to watch. I can't wait for the same two to get into a scene with the same enthusiasm for building a story)

I got to spend the night laughing out loud. Some excellent new talent joining the group with different expertise to add. I can't wait for next week when we explore narrative. So many stories that would never exist if that particular group of people hadn't come into contact.

More please.

Thursday 18 April 2013

New Course

Exciting news! The new course will start on Monday 29th of April. 7pm to 9:30pm. Places are already filling up so book now!
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Wednesday 17 April 2013

Spreading the Improv addiction

The next full improv course is on its way and I can't wait! Teaching the full course is so fulfilling and getting to see those first steps into improv is definitely worth it.

I'm getting loads of interest and trying to work around peoples schedules so it can be a jam packed team that continues bringing improvised comedy to the masses.

I asked the last lot for some comments on how they felt the course went for them and they were not short of witty replies;

  • 'It’s great to play ‘lets pretend’ and still keep my clothes on.'
  • Unleash your inner gobbledygook! Fine-tune your powers of faking it!
  • You're an elephant with a limp in it's ear being interviewed about fruit dentistry! You're a paranoid pilot flying a chalk board across the Mississippi! You're about to sing a famous song about from the Middle Ages about modern technology! You're improvising!
And of course from Tristan,
'Unleash your creativity and imagination by joining Improbables Guernsey, our first course in the Autumn was thoroughly enjoyable, Wednesday nights became a highlight of the week, initially scary just making theatre up on the spot but the course gives a great insight into the techniques and templates of improvised drama and once you learn that anything goes and you must go with it you're in for a fantastic time! Having performed scripted drama for 20 years there was nothing more nerve wrecking than getting up in front of a packed audience and not having a clue what was going to come from our collective minds to amuse and entertain, such an adrenalin filled thrill and I cannot wait to do it again!'

So watch this space.