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AIN London presents The Quest: London

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242 Pentonville Rd

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WHAT IS THE QUEST?

The Quest is an innovative experiential exercise that combines improvisation, storytelling, and exploration. It is a powerful tool to reconnect to the world, be present, pay attention, and see what insights are discovered in the process.

Embark on an insight-filled adventure and discover what happens when you take the ‘improvisational mindset’ normally reserved for the workshop out into the world. What will you discover? Where will your day take you?

The Quest: London invites you to step out into London with a fresh way of looking - and see what adventures you encounter.

Suitable for anyone with a spirit of curiosity, you will be equipped for your Quest during a two-hour morning workshop. You then explore the city before returning for a sharing of your experiences.

This is the second time The Quest has come to London.

The Quest is in three parts:

  • the workshop in which participants are introduced to the Quest and the skills needed to carry it out

  • The Quest itself, during which participants leave the workshop space and go out into the world, embark on their Quest and then

  • the final part—gathering together and exchanging experiences through casual conversation and storytelling.

THE STORY OF THE QUEST

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” —Plato.

Described by many as “the guru,” a “creative genius” and “the premier influence on modern improvisational theater,” Del Close,the actor, writer comedian is perhaps best known for creating ‘the Harold,’ a type of long-form improvisation that became the basis for many other improv games. He developed it in collaboration with his partner Charna Halpern and it is now performed all over the world. Close believed that improv was an art form in and of itself and was adept at creating intensely thoughtful games, exercises, and structures that moved improv beyond just a series of exercises for actors or short games rooted in comedy to extended performances organized on a single theme, driven by story, relationships and structure.

In the early 1980s, Del was brought to NYC by the producers of Saturday Night Live to work with the cast and train them in improvisation. Upon hearing that Del would be in New York, actor, improviser and comedian Joey Novick, who had met Del though some early Improv Olympics performances (a precursor to Improv Olympic and later iO) and invited him to lead a series of workshops. Del agreed and said that as long as Joey organized the workshops, Del would be there to teach and people could attend for free.

And so began an the process of the unveiling of a series of exercises or “structures” as Del called them, one of which was “The Quest.” The Quest remained largely forgotten until 2014, when Joey Novick reintroduced it at the Applied improvisation network conference in Austin, Texas.

Participants quickly recognized that this was not only a good exercise for trained improvisers (for whom it was initially created) but was also great tool for introducing a broad audience to the benefits of improvisation and storytelling in a unique, powerful, non-performative and sometimes life-changing way.

Quest workshops have been held around the world, in places such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, the United States, the Philippines, Austria, London and Switzerland .The Quest returns to London after a two-year absence and we are making plans to visit other UK cities over the next year. Let us know if you are interested in the Quest visiting you.

Is the Quest open to anyone?

This event is for adults with no previous experience of improvisation needed, as well as experienced improvisers who want to get a new perspective . We welcome everyone to learn and laugh together.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes. Please email us after you have booked and let us know the name of who the booking was for.

I have a question ...

Contact Lisa (lisajacob99@gmail.com) or Paul (paul@impro.org.uk) and we will be happy to help you.

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