San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Quest invites participants to step out into London with an improvisational mindset - and see what adventures they 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 first-ever London Quest is part of the World Wide Quest Day to mark the anniversary of Del Close's birth.
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 in collaboration with his partner Charna Halpren 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) 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 structure, was not only a good exercise for trained improvisers (for whom it was initially created) but it 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.
In 2015, Quest workshops were held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, and at the regional AIN Meeting in Dumaguete, Philippines. In October, the Quest was included as a learning journey at the Applied Improvisation Network Conference in Montreal, where the exercise was introduced to over 40 improvisers and trainers from around the world.
More Information at www.thequest.rocks
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the classes going to be like?
The morning session includes gentle physical and verbal warm-ups, games, exercises, relevant theory and de-briefing. Through playfulness, fun and laughter, we explore the world of improvisation, to learn new approaches to life and work, handle mistakes and develop our resilience.
The class is participative and experiential. Throughout the day, you will be working in pairs and groups of various sizes.
Is this course only for beginners?
This event is for beginners with no previous experience of improvisation as well as experienced improvisers who want to get a new perspective on the use of improvisation techniques in different areas of life. We welcome students from all levels to learn and laugh together.
Whether you are a student, teacher, manager, construction worker, nurse, theatre lover (or not), you will all improvise together and progress individually and collectively.
What is the refund policy?
If you cancel your booking at least 21 calendar days in advance of your course, we will refund you in full (minus registration costs).
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.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
When & Where
The Improvisation Academy
Our programmes offer a selection of engaging activities that teach valuable lessons for day to day life. Learning to improvise is an enjoyable and transformative way of improving your presence, confidence and communication skills.
Using the LIFE PASS curriculum, our signature workshops Improvisation for Life and Improvisation at Work offer students a chance to experience Improvisation in a safe environment, working at their own pace with no pressure to perform.
Paul Z Jackson author of Easy: A LIFE PASS to Creativity and Confidence has been teaching improvisation for over twenty years and is President of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN). He has taught Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones, and runs The Improvisation Academy with Neil Mullarkey and Lee Simpson from the Comedy Store Players.