Improvisation is fun! It’s about freeing one’s creative spirit in a positive and safe environment. During the Drama Workshop Day in Term 2, students who’d like to do something creative, improve their communication skills, develop their storytelling skills or just have a great time. The instructors are trained improvisation performers who have been performing and teaching nationally and internationally for many years.
Improvisation is based on the following principles: acceptance, being positive, being in the moment, making your partner look good, embracing and removing fear, enjoying failure and storytelling. The classes are designed to work on these principles through a series of exercises and games in a fun and supportive environment. Regardless of experience, background or training, everybody can benefit from impro.
Improvisation is an old art form going back to the 16th century with the Commedia dell’Arte (Italian, meaning “comedy of professional artists”). The Commedia dell’Arte were travelling performers who would set up an outdoor stage and improvise stories based around a repertoire of stock situations and established characters.
Today, improvisation is widely used in theatre as an actor’s training tool, a rehearsal technique, an exploration tool for writers, a theatrical performance style, a musical style and a dance form. It is performed internationally in hundreds of forms, and successfully on TV in such shows as Whose Line Is It Anyway, Thank God You’re Here, World Cup Comedy, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm and used in movies like Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman, and This Is Spinal Tap.
The Drama Workshop and Theatresports Championship will be hosted by an SIS member school.
Many laughs and a fun filled experience is awaiting as we are directed by Guest Tutors from Impro Melbourne.
All teams perform a 1, 2 and 3 minute game and the top four teams qualify to the finals.
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