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Words, Inspiration, Magic at Improvention

Yesterday was inspiration day. It started with me attending Tim Redmond’s workshop Words, Words, Beautiful Words. Essentially, it was an impro workshop using books and authors as inspiration and reference to create, colour, inform and even base scenes and formats on. It was pretty mind boggling for me and I was reminded of that crazy head opening feeling of a class at drama school. I loved the work; mainly watching others make interesting choices. I felt I had passionately over committed to my chosen book and author, which left me waging a war of honour on their behalf. I think I might have had more crazy fun if I had held them a little less preciously, and that’s what’s so hard about trying to fit all this stuff into a 3 hour workshop.

One of the best things about being in a workshop environment is watching others work, both at facilitating and participating. It’s a very levelling experience, and it reinforces all the philosophies of impro. Omigodz I’ve become an impro evangelist. Not like I wasn’t before, only now I have no idea who I am going to do all this stuff to, with and for when I get home.

Then, we saw two great formats of impro shows. First up was Sink or Swim, in which four pairs play out scenes. At the end of the first round of scenes the players pitch what could happen in a future scene and the audience votes to lose one of the pairs. So on, until the last pair’s resolution happens, with the help of the others. Last night’s swimmers were the Austenesque Matilda and Flora and the intimate details of their period lives (although I so badly wanted to see the stalked backpacker and her German friend in six different countries).

After interval we saw show from nothing. Exactly that; a few random scenes, some following on, some not, to build an evening of magnificent impro entertainment. I loved it. I loved the scenes with poor Martin, and his crazy wife, friend and boss. I loved the weird dance scene between the two French crazies. And I loved the relationship and marriage scenes that were played out by Sophia the messenger.

Once again this week I have been delighted, inspired, challenged and made so jealous. I love this shit.

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3 Comments

  1. megan

    PS. Have you noticed I’ve made the switch from improv to impro? Just discovered that when I type impro it doesn’t immediately change it to improve, which is what happens when I type improv.

  2. that’s a big improment Megan. Glad you are having so much fun. You definitely deserve to be there after years of service to the ‘sport’ and see this as the smallest part of payback for years of dedication, time, energy, frustration and that one guy in class continually calling for “Moving Bodies!”

  3. Jaci de Villiers

    It all sounds so magnificently playful. Learning and watching and throwing yourself into the chaos. Oh what a lovely storm. Wish i was there to witness the thunderbolts. So passionately good vibe jealous!

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