Improvisation is making things up on the spot in front of an audience. You might have seen it done on TV shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? but that's just scratching the surface of what impro (or "improv") can do.
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At The Spontaneity Shop, we base all our work around the teachings of Keith Johnstone. His priorities are...
- To get the players in a "good state" and free them of anxiety.
- To get them to work well together and happily build on each other's ideas.
- To use improvisation to tell stories, not just invent jokes.
You'll see these ideas at work across our improvisation programme.
We suggest that everyone begins their work with The Spontaneity Shop by taking our eight-week, Level One class, even if you have some prior improvisation experience.
We'll show you basic techniques in being spontaneous, creating stories, playing different characters, developing a "group mind" and playing games which delight audiences as well as the players.
Level One runs over eight Tuesday evenings, but we also offer the same material over two weekends (Level 1A and Level 1B).
If you successfully complete Level One (students who miss more than two workshops out of eight may be asked to retake the Level) you will be eligible for our Level Two class.
Students usually take the eight week Level Two class at least twice, although no material is repeated, concluding each eight week session with a public performance, usually using the popular Maestro Impro format. During these workshops, students move from being beginners to understanding what they can bring to improvisation and discovering the differences between improvising in a workshop and improvising in front of an audience.