Improvisation

Improvisation is theatre without a script.

It is a wonderfully liberating form of drama which develops the imagination, spontaneity and creativity of the performer. It teaches performers to stay positive and to be in the moment. As a result, improvisation can greatly help them to deal with the fear of failure and to overcome creative blocks.

Improvised theatre was hugely popular in the sixteenth century with the Italian Commedia del Arte. Since then it fell out of favour in mainstream theatre, where the printed script dominated.

In recent times improvisation has enjoyed renewed popularity largely due to techniques developed by Keith Johnstone. His exercises and games have given back to the actor the freedom to create.

Participants learn:

  • Spontaneity – being in the moment
  • Co-operation – listening to & working with others
  • Creativity – staying positive and trusting one's inner impulses.
  • Dealing with failure
  • Improvisation using different tools such as: emotions, stories, language and mime
  • Working with the audience
"Creativity occurs in the moment, and in that moment we are timeless."

Julia Cameron:
The Artist's Way