Impro Melbourne offers an exciting new specialised workshop series. Classes focus on a specific theatrical skill, with limited class numbers and an opportunity to work in a shorter more concentrated period of time.
Our Term 2 will be split into two Masterclasses running at an extended time of 3 hours per night.
Completed Impro Melbourne's Spontaneity, Narrative Technique, Scene Work, & Character. Or equivalent improvisation and performance skills. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check if required.
Term 2 2017
PART ONE: COMMEDIA FOR IMPROVISORS
Four week Masterclass with Chris (Christof!) Gregory
On sale: February 20th, 2017
Thursdays May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th 7.00-10.00pm.
La Commedia Dell'Arte (Italian mask theatre) is where theatre meets impro and they elope to the circus on a runaway train, pursued by an enraged landlord.
We will play with the physicality, definition and interaction of the traditional characters. We will use full mask and trance mask technique but with traditional leather masks. Each session will be supported by movement, staging, story-telling and performance excercises.
The masks and broad characters help embolden and simplify the performers choices. As a style, Commedia captures the immediacy of the improviser's spirit while extending the cheekiness of the story risks and the physicality of the characterisations.
Before we begin, answer this question: What really matters to you?
Term 2 2017
PART TWO: PLAY IT LIKE A PLAYWRIGHT
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Thursdays 7.00pm to 10.00pm from June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd.
Performance June 29th.
On sale: NOW
A limit of 10 students for this workshop masterclass.
In “Play it like a Playwright” students will be given the first three pages of a never before performed play. They will do a cold-read of the play and then improvise the rest.
Character, pacing, silence, sun-text, stage-picture, entrances and exits, all the things a playwright engages to create tension and release in their work will be in the hands of the improvisers based on those first three pages.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of character desire, conflict and scene beats. They’ll learn to think like a playwright, but critically, also learn how then to turn that brain off and play hard with the discoveries.