The Art of Truth & Authenticity in Improv
The Art of Grounded & Authentic Improv
The race to find the funny in improv can often leave us exhausted and up in our heads. With grounded improv, we strive to find authenticity between characters and relationships. We learn how to slow things down. As improvisers, we become more honest. Characters become deeper and more meaningful. Relationships become more realistic and true to life. The narrative comes from the connection between the characters rather than created by the actors. All characters and scenes are grounded in reality so there are no space monkeys in the closet!
Improvisers often get excited for new formats or finding the game, however without strong scenework, no format or game of the scene will rescue a show. In this course we learn to let go. We ditch the suggestions from the audience, we ditch conflict, we ditch the "who, what where and when". Instead we try to discover who our characters are and why they are in this scene and build stronger shows as a result.
* Perform organic scenes and characters through listening and reading our stage partners
* Build more realistic and grounded characters
* Display and utilise physical space to influence character and scene
* The ability to perform both dramatic and comedic scenes
The Course takes place over 6 Thursdays (7pm to 10pm) on the following dates:
9th January 2020
Course cost is €200
Upfront deposit of €100 secures your place with balance of €100 payable on the first day.
Strictly limited to 12 places.
Neil has had a passion for improvisation from an early age and has been teaching and performing improv for many years. Neil is the founder and director of Improv Fest Ireland and assistant director of Improv Utopia Ireland.
No stranger to the international stage, Neil has taught and performed improv in Hollywood L.A, San Francisco, New York, Orange County California, Florida, Phoenix, Barcelona, Shanghai, Brussels, London, Krakow and Brighton. His signature show, 'Neil+1', has been performed to much acclaim.
In addition to Neils established track record of teaching and performing improv, Neil is also an Executive & Personal Coach and holds a Masters in Training & Education.
I have to be honest, the first time I met Neil, I was scared. Scared because I didnt really know what improv was about and I had no idea if I could do it or not! But in the space of an hour learning the basics, I went from reserved to liberated, I was hooked! I discovered straight away that improv is for anyone and everyone and that there are no mistakes only opportunities! All you have to do is let go, listen to your fellow improvisors and simply let the magic happen. Ive had such a brilliant time taking part in Neils course and Id highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn a bit more about themselves and anyone who wants to feel like a kid again and just play!
Síle Seoige (TV Presenter)
Improv with Neil surpassed my expectations in many ways. The classes delivered were far more enjoyable and fun than I could have imagined. That was in part due to the nature of improv but in much larger part due to Neils skills in teaching, understanding, perception and communication. I was imagining a tuition on how to do whose line is it anyway type of scenarios but was surprised to be exploring the barriers that we have constructed as adults. And then I was given the encouragement and space to tear these barriers down and relearn vital skills we had as children. Subsequently life is now viewed through a different prism with a clarity that has more colours and depth of perception than ever before.
Dr. Sim Lew-Gor, Consultant, Our Ladys Childrens Hospital, Crumlin
"I was thrilled to see the Truth & Authenticity course by Neil Curran advertised and signed up immediately. The topic is so vital for good improv and Neil is an expert improv teacher. The course met all my expectations. Everyone taking part was facilitated gently into an honest and authentic space in their scenes. The course was truly rewarding to take part in. I highly recommend this course."
- Louise McHugh, Associate Professor of Psychology, UCD
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|Minimum Age: 18|
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|