IMPROV' WORKSHOPS - The Courtyard Playhouse The Courtyard Playhouse

IMPROV’ WORKSHOPS

AUTUMN DROP-IN: GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

26 October | Saturday 1pm-4pm

AUTUMN DROP-IN: KEITH JOHNSTONE FUNDAMENTALS 

1 November| Friday 1pm-4pm

Fees: 360 AED per three-hour session or 650 AED for both drop-in sessions

 

DON'T PANIC STAGE 1 

  9 November | Saturdays 12pm-2pm

Fees: 1680AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)

 

DON'T PANIC STAGE 2 

  9 November | Saturdays 2:30pm-4:30pm **SOLD OUT**

9 November | Saturdays 5pm-7pm

Fees: 1680AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)

 

SPIRIT 

  9 November | Saturdays 2:30pm-4:30pm

Fees: 1680AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)

 

STORYTELLING 

  9 November | Saturdays 5pm-7pm

Fees: 1680AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)

DON'T PANIC! STAGE 1

- AN INTRO TO IMPROV'

Dip your toes into the fun, interesting and exciting waters of improvisation. Meet others who want to try something new. DON’T PANIC is the introduction improvisation course that will calm your fears, make you laugh and show you that there’s more to improvisation than what you might expect (it’s easier than you might expect and less pressure than you imagine). This course is great for people who love to be on stage and want to learn the core elements of improvised theatre, or for business people learning to feel comfortable with public speaking, or anyone who wants to have fun while learning to be more spontaneous, creative, playful, open and aware. Follow up this section with the PLATFORM & SPIRIT  section.

DON'T PANIC! STAGE 2

- AN INTRO TO IMPROV'

Don’t Panic Stage 2 is a continuation of the games, techniques and exercises learnt in Stage 1. This course aims to solidify and deepen participants understanding of the fundamentals of improvisation and build upon key skills such as stage presence, confidence and spontaneity.

SPIRIT

SPIRIT will push your skills and help you develop beyond the level we are exploring in Don't Panic.  There will be balanced components of games, theory, practice, and personal development.

Spirit aims to teach participants to connect with one another on stage,  to read fellow performers better, and to develop their scene work.

SPIRIT STAGE 2

Spirit Stage 2 is a continuation of the practice covered in Spirit Stage 1. At this level of improvisation, the focus is on connecting with one another on stage and with the audience. The aim at this stage is to further work on individual development, as well as scene work and becoming an observant performer.

STATUS

Status is the original cornerstone of Keith Johnstone's work.  It's often said that Keith's greatest contribution to theatre, in general, is his ideas and development around Status. Status is the behavioural quality in all interaction.  It is not a constant.  You aren't necessarily high or low status.  You are high or low relative to who or what you are interacting with at that moment.  Status moves, alters and defines our relative importance to the people and world around us.  Our friendships are defined by our comfort in altering the status relationship between ourselves and the people we are closest too.  Learning to play with status gives improvisers immediate skill in story and character that few others have. It allows teachers to teach and business professionals to interact properly. Knowing it and using it effectively is an important power to play with as an improviser.

AUTUMN DROP-INS

Are you interested in taking an improv class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you?

Give it a test drive! Our drop-in improv classes are open to everyone, whether you have ever improvised or not. It’s an excellent opportunity to practice, have some fun and meet new people!

This Improv’ Drop-In session will cover the fundamentals of Keith Johnstone’s approach to impro’, which forms the basis of the workshops we run here at the Courtyard Playhouse.

All levels of improv experience welcome, all that is required is a great attitude and a willingness to play!