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The MECHANICS and SCIENCE of DRAMATIC IMPROVISATION

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Bonnington Centre Community Association, above the Café

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This improvisation workshop is for improvisers and non-improvisers who are interested in developing, maintaining and extending their skills around some of the essential grammar of dramatic improvisation in long form. The methods will be a mixture of games, exercises, and structured improvisations.

The focus for the workshop will be Ensemble and Narrative Skills with particular reference to two of the fundamental basic grammar or aptitudes within improvisation practice identified as:

  • Tension

How it makes us look at something on stage, there are only two reasons why an audience would look at something, one is they want to know what happens next and the other is they want to know the truth of what is going on. Those are two reasons I can think of in why anyone would watch anything!! If one or two of these ideas are not catching the audience they won’t really want to watch. It about know how to play a scene in which the audience will continue to watch.

  • Progression

(Man comes into the door with gun!) if they just stand there and do nothing, then nothing happens, then the tension dissipates and disappears. There has to be progression and dramatic tension working together. something has to happen, the man has to take someone hostage or the group of people he has accosted have to come round to his side in order to create a story or a narrative progression, that keeps one or two of these ideas alive, e.g. One is they want to know what happens next and the other is they want to know the truth of what is going on/what they seeing. In order to do long form improvisation you have to solve the problem of progression, if you don’t then it’s just something is happening that is short that is going on for a very long time.

We will also touch on how we create action, use attitude to our advantage and play with the concept of the ‘shift’.

Performers need to learn that when something happens in a scene, we the audience are interested in the impact of that thing happening on the other characters and often improvisers don’t clock that so they don’t react, they don’t allow themselves to be moved or changed by the thing that has happened and that’s why this thing of shifting and being changed is so important and crucial point of learning and such a problematic one, and is problematised in part by sketch comedy, often a lot of sketch comedy relies on people not being changed or moved by anything/someone, and that is essentially funny.

The aim is to use improvisation in order to discover through spontaneity a different kind of insight into social conflicts for drama in theatre. This workshop will be a great opportunity to be different, expect a range of games and exercises to extend your knowledge of what is possible in improvisation, and what you are capable of creating. We will be exploring dramatically what decisions made by you as a improviser heightens or lessens situations and stories that intrigue the audience.






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