Super Scene returns

Five intrepid actors take the stage. Each in turn directs the other four in the first scene of a story. Will we see the end of each story? You decide! Each director makes a pitch, then the audience votes to eliminate one story. The remaining directors, with a sigh of relief, direct their second scene. So goes Super Scene, which makes its return to the Impro Melbourne stage for the first time since 2015!

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Theatresports™ Challenge Blog

Last month Impro Melbourne hosted its annual Schools Theatresports™ challenge post-COVID. The entire Impro Melbourne Company volunteered their time to host the event in Elwood, and mentor students from 8 schools, and across Years 7-12. The below is written by some participating students and teachers.

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Clown and Improv - Cousins of comedy

As an improviser I was always intrigued about how laughter worked and what it meant. Why did they laugh? Was it what I said, what I did? Perhaps. It could have just as easily been what I didn’t say or didn’t do? It was always a source of mystery and part of my intrigue in comedy; Why are things funny?

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Improv and visiting my mum in an Aged Care home


Blog: Improv and visiting my mum in an Aged Care home

In this blog, I share how improv helps me connect better with my 94-year-old mother who lives
in an Aged Care home and has dementia.
My mum, Nora, is 94 years old. She grew up on a dairy farm in western Victoria as one of 7
children. She moved to Melbourne, met dad, and they had four children. We all love visiting
her. She often can’t remember what she had for breakfast but she has a wonderful long-
term memory of days on the farm, travelling to school by horse and cart and songs from
early years. Learning improv has made my visits with her a joy.
Here are three lessons from improv that have helped me connect with my mum:

1. “What can I appreciate about what is?” –

Before Improv I would start by seeing a
problem. Now, I start with what I can learn or enjoy today. Like one day mum says.
“Ha. Ha. Ha.”. In my mind, I’m thinking, ‘oh she thinks I’m trying to be funny. What
did I say wrong?”. Instead I looked for what might be good and just matched her like
a game and said, “He! He! He!”. To my great surprise she then sang, “Little brown
jug, how I love thee!”. It turns out there is a whole song, “Little Brown Jug” that was
a favourite at dances and she can sing the verses. What a gift! Because of improv, I
learnt a new song and we got to sing Little Brown Jug together.
2. “If I could paint a picture of it working well what would it look like?” –

I could say the ideal is that she doesn’t have dementia. I’m seeing my mum as a problem to fix.
Improv taught me that the gift is in the relationship and she is a person that I can
meet not to see as a problem to be fixed. Often, I would think of the things we could
do – walk in the garden, visit a coffee shop or go for a drive. They’re just things.
Now I think if we meet, my mum can move towards health and so can I. Improv
taught me to be clearer that it is the relationships and connections we really want. 

3. “What is one small thing I can do to move towards that picture?

I’m not confident when singing. I find it embarrassing. One day it started raining as we walked in the
garden around the Aged Care home. My mum started singing, “Never mind the
weather, never mind the rain. Here we are together, whoops she goes again”. Then
she started cackling away. So, we sang this together. The next line is, “La-di-da-di-
da, La-di-da-di-dee, All good pals and jolly good company!”. Joining in here
was a small thing.

Sometimes it’s just a visit. But every now and then there is a flashing moment of magic -
Improv has helped us connect better...

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Kit Kat Prov - an improvised cabaret, Comedy Festival Review from Stage Whispers

There is a bit of a faux Kurt Weill influence, while inspiration is more “Fosse-esque” with woeful Americana inspired tales and lashings of devilish capers. This talented bunch of quick-witted stooges light up with impromptu story and song. Sketchy, shady, and sultry characters travel across their imaginative worlds. They are poignant in satire, silly in love songs, demonic in demeanour and different in every show. These guys are so damn hilarious, they are worth your every dime!

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The Melbourne Observer - Kit Kat Prov Review

The cast is slick, consisting of experienced, talented comedic actors. Rik Brown the director of this show is the obvious leader, steering the various scenes ensuring the show flows, keeping it moving with the theme always in the foreground.

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Speak Freely Ep2 - with Anshu Daga, Kali Grey, Laxmi Priya and Hsiao-Hsien Wu

Speak Freely (Ep2) - perspectives on impro from around the world, presented by Impro Melbourne.

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Are you Awake! Student edition - New Santa!

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Are you Awake! Student edition - Affair

Join us for late-night conversations performed by Impro Melbourne students. Ep5 Affair.

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Speak Freely Ep1 - with Feña Ortalli, Steen Haakon Hansen, Stephen Davidson and Patti Stiles

Speak Freely (Ep1) - perspectives on impro from around the world, presented by Impro Melbourne.

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