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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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: ˜
Behind the smoke and mirrors are nuts and bolts...
The technical aspect of theatrical production.
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.