Film Noir

with Jessica Pratt

The Film Noir workshop delves deep into the genre of film noir. In this workshop, students will be focusing on the language, relationships and character traits of genre. This will also explore the creation of the physical world to help bring the ‘theatre’ of the genre alive.

Students will

  • be required to do genre related readings and film watching in preparation for lessons 
  • explore Patsy Rodenburg Second Circle acting techniques to understand the physical and mental signs of really being present with cast members
  • work on object and language exercises - slowing down and establishing character, environment, relationship by how we move and what’s around us
  • ‘mantra’ scenes and using ‘9 point soap opera blocking’
  • establishing strong opening two person scenes and moving onto follow up scenes to create story arch, build relationships and bring tension. 
  • building 10, 15, 20min noir pieces with side coaching to help slow pace and recognize issues within the scenes between characters without needing outside ‘problems’

Prerequisites: Impro Melbourne’s completion of our core courses (SpontaneityNarrative TechniqueCharacter Scene Work), or equivalent impro experience as determined by the Artistic Director.


Questions? contact Kate our workshop co-ordinator.

Age requirements 18 and over. Please see our Impro in Schools programs for anyone under 18.

Workshop Details

Dates & Times

May 2 – June 27, 2019
Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Course of 9 classes



Prices in AUD, GST included


The Courthouse Hotel
86-90 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

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With a Bachelor of Teaching degree from Monash Uni, Jessica has been teaching music, dance, drama and improvisation to kids, teens and adults for nearly 20 years. She’s worked as a corporate trainer with The Courtyard Playhouse teaching improv team building and storytelling skills with clients such as PWC, Pepsi Co, Google, Pfizer, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski to name a few. As she says: there’s nothing more exciting as a teacher than seeing the moment a student ‘gets it!’

Read Jessica Pratt’s full biography