Before the dark months of January and February loom large we've launched the next 'Improvise your Joy back!' course with and Early bird special if you book before the 30th of December.
Wednesday 30 August 2023
The last hoorays of the Summer holidays are upon us and if, like me, you suffer from a bit of S.A.D (seasonal adjustment disorder) and become a bit down at this time of year, I’ve made sure that inoculation against the Autumn blues (a colour rarely associated with Autumn but go with me on this) is assured by signing up to ‘Improvise your joy back!’ course.
8 weeks of fun.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to previous participants Diana and Richard.
‘Sarah, from the Guernsey Improbables Team, has been an absolute beacon of joy for me. Every class has been an uproariously good time as we all play improv games together, in the process letting ourselves go to let loose and laugh and ultimately find our way through harder times. My favourite lesson has been the exercise in saying YES! when we want to say NO! because we think we have control or want to hold onto a particular idea for our scenes but improv doesn't work that way...and neither does life! What a fantastic class this has been and I'm going to miss it so much when it's done. Highly recommend it!!’
-Putting the D back in Disco, Diana
‘This is the best way to spend a couple of hours in the evening. Make new friends and create your own hilarious fun and learn at the same time. No previous experience or ability necessary. Sign up now and you won't regret it.’- Richard Corbin
Thursday 1 June 2023
Starting in June a new Stand-up Comedy workshop is launching. And for those improvisers who have done the Improbables course before can come to the Improv drop sessions and get your laughter muscles warmed up before the Stand-up workshop.
Every Thursday from 15th June to 20th July.
- Improv drop in 6-7:45pm
- Stand-up Comedy workshop 8-9:45pm
The stand up comedy workshop over 6 weeks to get you up on your feet with your own five minutes of original material.
The workshop will take you through the process of developing your own material and discovering your own comedy style.
Over the six sessions you will:
- Discover your unique comedy voice
- Write and workshop a five minute ‘set’
- Develop your comic timing
- Work on your stage presence and delivery
- Microphone technique
- Be stage ready for Guernsey’s first homegrown ‘Stand up Showcase’
The workshop will run on Thursday evenings from 15th June. 8-9:45pm at the Castel Douzaine room.
The cost is £60.
Season ticket to Improv Drop in is £50 and
Combined ticket for both workshops is £90
The course will be run by improv comedy veteran Sarah Hansmann. As well as years of experience performing and teaching improv comedy, Sarah toured South Africa as one of the top comics from the Cape Comedy Collective, appearing on tv, headlining festivals and promotional tours. Sarah has developed this 6 week course, which is a first for Guernsey, in the hopes of getting the local stand up comedy scene up and running.
Saturday 18 March 2023
Over the last nine weeks anyone peeking through the windows of the Castel Douzaine room may have been intrigued by the guffaws and antics taking place because Guernsey Improbables have been running their ‘Improvise your joy back!’ course. As one of the participants Diana Hurwitz put it, ‘Every class has been an uproariously good time as we all play improv games together, letting loose and laughing.’
Another participant Kaelan Le Page said, ‘Over the last couple of months, I have well and truly improvised my joy back. I cannot wait to showcase our newly found skills to an auidience next week! It’s a real buzz knowing the laughter we’ve had over previous weeks will now be shared outside of the classroom.’
To round off the end of such a successful course, twelve of the graduates of the course will be joined on stage by Improv veterans Sarah Hansmann and Oliver Bailey-Davies in a showcase performance. The two professional performers will be leading teams of improvisers in a series of ‘competitive’ theatre games, creating scenes using suggestions from the audience. Joined, too, by local award-winning composer Lydia Jane Pugh, who will be creating a soundtrack to the evenings sketches as they happen and adding her musical flare to the made-up mayhem.
Sarah, who has been running the course, had this to say about the upcoming showcase, ‘There’s always so much positivity that comes out of these courses, but the next step really is to perform it for an audience. For the performers, they’ve been immersed in this joyful experience and performing it with direct feedback from an audience is truly special. For the audience, it’s different to any other theatre because they have control as it is based on their suggestions. You could see a Game of Thrones type drama, set in a bank with a retired ormer farmer, the possibilities are endless. At the end of the evening they have had a unique experience which will never be repeated’
The showcase takes place at the Princess royal Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday the 23rd of March, 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 available onlinewww.guernseytickets.gg or by calling the box office on 01481 229999.