A regular drop-in comedy improv class for improvisers new and old to hone their improvisation skills or just keep sharp. Classes cover core to intermediate level techniques and concepts, and are always stand-alone so you can drop-in to any session that suits you.
This session is suitable for all levels.
Listening, in improv, can often be a lot more than what you do with your ears. Seeing your scene partners and the actions they take, whether intentional or not, is just as important. This class is about paying attention to the person stood (or whatever it is they’re doing) in front of you to help you build a scene. We’ll be exploring:
- Taking in your scene partner’s physicality and facial expressions
- Looking out for emotion and attitudes put out by your scene partners
- Putting these observations to work when performing your scenes
Through this, you’ll discover the benefits of active looking as yet another approach to starting and developing your scenes.
Improv Drop-in Classes
The drop-in classes will cover a wide range of improv related skills. Things like creating characters, narrative, movement and physicality, stage technique and presence, listening and observation skills, game and format analysis and loads more.
The classes are mixed ability and the roster of teachers is diverse. The variety and practice will make you a pro in no time.
Teacher: Marie Cookson
Since training as an actor, Marie has worked as a voiceover artist, appeared in plays and short films, and performed character comedy stand-up. A member of ImproQuo’s main cast, she now performs longform improv with Absolute Onions. As a writer, Marie’s short stories are published by Comma Press and Literature North West. She has written for the stage and her plays have been performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Contact Theatre. Also a screenwriter, Marie writes scripts for children’s animation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a complete beginner. Can I join these classes?
It varies but we'll always make it clear in the event's description. Look for the blue boxes near the beginning of the descriptions, experience level is always dropped in there.
Generally, if there are two classes in a month, 1 will be open to those who are yet to try any improv or acting.
What are the improv classes like?
A lot of fun! It's improv comedy we're doing here.
We always start with some light (and sometimes a bit silly) theatre exercises as a group to loosen everyone up and shake off the day. Then the class will move on to exercises related to that session's topic (movement exercises in a character class, for example). The teacher will give feedback both generally to the class and directly to individuals throughout the session.
How are drop-in classes different from the weekly Jams?
The drop-in classes involve a lot more teaching than the Jams. You'll receive more direct guidance so you'll see your abilities improve much more quickly.
The drop-in classes are for you if you'd like to learn more about and become better at improv.
What can I do with my fresh new skills?
We have a monthly improv comedy show called Improv Comedy Playhouse that's open to anyone to book a spot and perform in. You can team up with others from the classes and take to the stage, maybe even forming a whole new improv team.
We can accept both cash and card on arrival but booking ahead of time is strongly encouraged.
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