Why do atoms make good improvisers?

The Grand Stretch IMPROV System - GRAND STRETCH IMPROV WORKSHOPS

BECAUSE THEY MAKE UP EVERYTHING! 


 Here’s a breakdown of The IMPROV System at play in The Grand Stretch Players. Each of the components that make up our unique philosophy & style are developed both intensively and in 6-week courses, starting with The IMPROV Mind-Set which is centre to everything else. After that, students can choose to do either The IMPROV Life Hack or The IMPROV Tool-Kit before applying philosophy & style to our favourite formats in The IMPROV Playbook

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  The principles of our unique 

improvisational philosophy:

It’s all to play for! (Let us play!) 

The IMPROV Life Hack

  Our playing method 

and narrative approach:

Truthful. Authentic. Meaningful.
Memorable (Albeit Momentary). 

The IMPROV Tool-Kit

Improvising stagecraft:

Tools & Techniques

Exploring theatrical forms:

Devices & Conventions

The IMPROV Tool-Kit

Our favourite Short Form and 

Long Form improv formats

and working with Genre: 

Strategies & Style

THE IMPROV MIND-SET

THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR IMPROVISATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

The IMPROV Mind-Set

Life conditions us to safeguard our futures, to overburden our choices, and to punish ourselves for our failures.  

In that sense, The IMPROV Mind-Set is the antithesis of life…

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FEAR ruins talent. This lively and enlightening programme combines improv exercises, theatre games and scene work to dissipate fears – embracing the pleasure in RISK, and the pay-off of FAILURE. In doing so, we reacquaint self-proclaimed ‘dull’ and ‘untalented’ people with their innately creative and brilliant selves. FREE of inhibitions, and READY in focus, we find ourselves MAKING THINGS HAPPEN with the greatest of ease and the utmost joy in our life-changing philosophy of play. 


No previous of any kind is required. 

It's back to basics, and it's all to play for. 

Come as you are, and PREPARE TO BE UNPREPARED.


COST: €150.00

The IMPROV Mind-Set is developed over 6 x 3 hour workshops, with a focus on spontaneity and being in the moment. Trust your impulses. Build confidence in your own abilities and in contributing them. Exercise trust, deep listening, high-level communication and truthful connection to collaborate as part of a hive-mind - releasing your creative flow through a dynamic and supportive group.


  • WORKSHOP 1 | 3 hours - FEAR 
  • WORKSHOP 2 | 3 hours - RISK
  • WORKSHOP 3 | 3 hours - FAILURE
  • WORKSHOP 4 | 3 hours - FREEDOM
  • WORKSHOP 5 | 3 hours - READY 
  • WORKSHOP 6 | 3 hours - MAKING THINGS HAPPEN



OUR PLAYING METHOD AND NARRATIVE APPROACH

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Life is comic, and tragic, and complicated. Life is bleak, and outrageous, and profound. 

Life is high stakes, and low blows, and rising tyranny, and fallen heroes, 

and LIFE – as it happens – is worthy of staging…

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The IMPROV Tool-Kit applies The IMPROV Mind-Set,  in the Grand Stretch style of play, to the staging and performing of truthful and meaningful theatre. Intensives identify the core elements of a scene, and equip you with necessary tools for creating disposable theatre that your audiences will want to take home.


Authentic Characters.

Truthful Relationships.

Meaningful Stories.

Memorable Moments.


Making Assumptions.


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PLEASE NOTE: No previous experience of any kind is required. However, we strongly recommend completing The IMPROV Mind-Set in the Grand Stretch philosophy of play before participating in this programme.

We decode a process behind creating characters, and a method by which characters can be made three dimensional and played truthfully. Know who are you, identify 'the other', and discover who else exists in the world of your characters. Workshops are focussed on: Original & Observed Character Creation; Social & Personal Status; Complimentary & Parallel Characters; Points of View; Emotional Truth & Reaction; Relationships.


If improvised stories are journeys without maps, then this intensive is your quintessential navigational tool-kit - combining all the skills we've learned so far with a new focus on: ˜


PRE-REQUISITE: 

The IMPROV Mind-Set


COST: €150.00

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IMPROVISING STAGECRAFT AND EXPLORING THEATRICAL FORMS

The IMPROV Tool-Kit

Behind the smoke and mirrors are nuts and bolts...


The technical aspect of theatrical production. 

  • Scenography
  • Improvising Movement / Choreography
  • Improvising Song / Musical Theatre
  • Improvising Stage Combat
  • Working with and without Set Pieces
  • Working with and without Lights
  • Working with and without Music
  • Working with and without Props
  • Working with and without Costumes
  • Working with and without Masks, Make-Up and Wigs

Behind the smoke and mirrors are nuts and bolts. This course identifies staging elements in theatre that transport audiences into new worlds


We focus on committing to and enhancing the world of your scene with: Mime & Space Object Work; Crossover Characters & People as Objects; Scene Painting & Narration; Establishing Activity & Breaking Routine.

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OUR FAVOURITE FORMATS: IMPROVISING SHORT FORM, LONG FORM AND GENRE

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