Last night was the first class in a series of 8 Improv theatre classes. The objective of the class was to get everyone in a playful mood and to let everyone connect and get to know each other. I also introduced some key improv principles. We started the class with an introduction game. Then we played some name games (Name circle and Super Heroes). We played Circus bow (I failed) to get more comfortable with making mistakes. To get more playful we played Bodyguard and Yes lets . We played Mirror Mirror to illustrate the importance of give and take. I ended the class by illustrating the concepts of Accepting and Blocking by playing Yes and vs. Yes but.
Key concepts that came out of the class:
Play: To play you have to be present, focus on your fellow players and interact with your whole body not just your thoughts and words. Playing is about the process not the outcome.
Make your partner look good.
It is okay to make a mistake. It’s often our fear of failure that causes us to fail.
Everything is an offer even a mistake.
Blocking – Not accepting another player’s offer.
Accepting – Embracing each offer made by other players to advance the scene (Yes and).
When we yes and it builds ideas, energy and relationships.
What struck me about the class was how everyone really engaged and took part even though it was a first class. I would like to thank you all for that.
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