The focus of the second improv class was to introduce the participants to improv basics. We started the class with two warm-ups (Hero’s and Pattern circle) to get everyone playful and focused. The gifts game followed to illustrate accepting a blind offer. We played Yes but and Yes and to illustrate the difference between blocking and accepting. The questions game showed how asking questions can be a way of accepting without adding new information. In Improv this is called wimping. Then we played Blind offers to illustrate how physical movement can also be an offer. The class was ended with everyone doing two person scenes.
Blocking – Not accepting another player’s offer.
Accepting – Embracing each offer made by other players to advance the scene (Yes and).
Wimping – accepting offers but refusing to do anything with them.
Asking open questions , thus leaving the action to be decided by the other player.
Waffling, babbling without accomplishing any action.
Talking heads – When players talk about what they are doing or want to do instead of actually doing it. Too much talk, too little action.
Thanks for everyone stepping up and doing your first scenes in front of others. Some of you commented to me after the class that you have learned a lot but that it was difficult. Applying these basic improv principles are difficult at first because we have to break through our defence mechanisms that makes us want to block and not take the risk of taking action. I also think it is because we are not used to being in a space where our partner is there to make us look good. As we get to know each other better and build more trust it will become easier. Please share your comment…