Three Days of Impro
From 14th-16th June we held workshops and a performance in improvisation. On the Saturday at St Barnabas School I led an impro in performance workshop for members of Claquer Impro Group and others that went back to the basic principles and rules of creating spontaneous narrative theatre. It's my contention that you can teach just about everyone to be funny, you can certainly make people more creative and develop their imagination. The Sunday's Workshop was for anyone interested in finding and developing a character for The Empty Gallery events. Over the next few years the Empty Gallery will be running and contributing to local events commemorating community life in the decade on The First World War (1910-1919). Characters of the period will be singing in a period choir, attending Empty Gallery exhibitions as visitors and curators or performing in 'mystery houses' or street theatre. Whatever level of 'performance' anyone feels comfortable with, there is something for everyone. In Role you don't have to 'perform' in any theatrical style, you can simply be yourself in costume with a little knowledge of the person from the past you represent. At this workshop we started by creating imagined characters in order to learn some of the techniques and games that are available to help build a person's life history. Alison McKenzie then presented us with a list of 'real people she had researched, as well as other's whose stories had been told in part through the 'Vanishing Elephant'; Camden Road's community play. We gave out short biographies of real people from Tunbridge Wells and everyone chose 'someone' to adopt. We will be running further sessions as more people come forward. so watch this space and keep visiting the upcoming events page.
On Monday night the Claquer Impro Group presented their end of term performance 'What's my Life' . A hour long show of new games including a 'Harold'; an improvisation structure that helps the performers build a 20minute play around a single suggestion from the audience. They also performed 'What's my Life', a chat show where the improvisers who are to play the guest with a character, profession or experience. determined by the audience. The challenge is that only the interviewer is told who the guests are, the guests enter unaware of who they but have to appear as if they know. The chat show host slowly releases clues. The impro group are now more than 'getting away with it' and gave a really entertaining evening, leaving the audience wanting more. The group will be taking a little break over August and restarting Monday 1st September at the Beacon. Think about joining them. Contact us here, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone 01892 537034