Improvised Comedy – Beginners

Come and learn the core skills of improvised comedy over 6 sessions in this friendly class! Absolute beginners are welcome. You do not need to be funny: improv humour comes from speaking the truth and having fun, rather than thinking up witty retorts. This course is taught by Victoria Hogg, co-founder and co host of south Londons loved and respected weekly improv jam, Duck Duck Goose Improv.

Who is this course for

Learn the core skills of improvised comedy in this friendly class! Absolute beginners are welcome: you don't need any acting, drama or comedy experience. You do not need to be funny: improv humour comes from speaking the truth and having fun, rather than thinking up witty retorts.

What does this course cover

Ever wanted to feel what it's like to perform a monologue or a dynamic scene in front of others? Curious about the difference between the various 'schools' of acting? Eager to try a range of techniques with new friends and really 'dip your toe in'? Then this is the course for you!
Learn the basics of drama with this fun, practical course that's a whistlestop tour of acting schools, skills and techniques.
o Gain a grounding in a range of drama genres, acting schools and performance styles.
o Explore a range of script types including monologue, duologue and scene work.
o Create and explore characters that you'll arrive at organically.
o Learn basic performance skills including delivery and holding an audience.
o Improve communication skills.
By the end of the course you'll be happy to present a short performance with skill and confidence. Covering a raft of various theatrical techniques and historical dramatic groundwork, you'll discover your voice and decide what performance type interests you.
Don't be shy! This course is for absolute beginners and anyone who is curious about acting, drama or performing in front of others. You'll meet new friends and discover how to work together as a fun, supportive team.
This course is taught by Victoria Hogg. Victoria has more than a decade's acting and improv experience and has studied a wide range of performance forms from numerous international teachers.

What will it be like

For 6 weeks you'll get to know some great people and make stuff up on the spot! You'll learn the key improv tenets of listening, characters and 'yes, and', and find yourself creating scenes and sketches without even trying.

What else do you need to buy or do

Note pad, pen and your wit.

What this course could lead to

Building confidence, repertoire and ultimately to performance.

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’