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.
So you’re in a butcher’s shop and you’ve established that your characters are called Fred and Marjory. What happens next? It could be a straightforward scene about the price of lamb chops but it could be so much more than that.
This class will look at how status and the dynamics between characters can propel your scenes from the everyday to the extraordinary. We will look at:
- Using different levels of status
- Establishing instant connections
- Building relationships within 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: Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson
Jess has been an improviser and teacher for over a decade. She has performed and taught in Manchester for ImproQuo and in Lancaster for Improv Xpress. She has also trained in the UK and US with a variety of renowned improvisors including Michael Gellman, Jill Bernard, Joe Bill and Christina Gausas.
Jess also has many years experience of interactive theatre with After Dark Murder Mystery Events and has performed as part of award-winning shows at the Edinburgh and Hollywood Fringe festivals. She also delivers improv training within the higher education sector and recently set up Glossop Improv to share her passion for all things improv with the good people of Glossop.
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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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