Weekend Workshop: From Darcy to Dickens with Jenny Lovell

by Kevin Yank on 19 November, 2015 in Workshops

From Darcy to Dickens: a Weekend Impro Intensive in period drama with Jenny Lovell. From the polite gentility of Jane Austen to the grotesques of Dickensian London these writers continue to inspire performers and audiences alike.

The Regency and Victorian worlds offer improvisers a huge range of characters and relationships to play: status, environment, accent, physical and vocal characterization, hero and villain, straight man, funny man, and ‘grotesques’. This workshop opens these worlds for participants and will develop skills in character, language and scene painting.

As well as working to create an authentic Austen or Dickens’ world, we will also explore how to use our new skills to play ‘in the style of’ in more modern scenes.

So dust off your top boots, tie up your cravats, flip open your fans and shake out your bustles … it’s time to jump in the barouche and gallop into the past !

Jenny Lovell has been performing and teaching for over 30 years. She is a founding member of Impro Melbourne and has performed and taught improvisation around Australia and at festivals in New Zealand, Seattle, Calgary and Hong Kong. With Anna Renzenbrink she created In The Parlour, a highly successful period comedy piece and their show What The Dickens has performed at the Butterfly Club and at Canberra’s Improvention Festival in 2015.

When and Where

Venue: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Saturday 21st November: 10.30am to 5.00pm: The Salon
Sunday 22nd November: 11.00am to 4.30pm: The Community Room


Cost: $110 (incl GST)

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Participant Eligibility

Participants should have completed at least Narrative, Character/Scenework or a previous Performance Intensive or Series with Impro Melbourne. If not trained with Impro Melbourne please contact the Workshop teacher on 0409 933 228 or email jenlove@bigpond.com