Hello hello again :)
Here are my notes on the two forms we covered today - The Deconstruction and The Harold. Both wonderful ‘old skool’ longform improv pieces.
Hope the notes prove helpful.
Key (image above):
S = Source Scene (the first scene, and the one we revisit and pick up where we left off as we go through the piece)
T = Tangental Scene (a scene that takes place in the same world as the source scene, but doesn’t include those characters or talk directly about the Source Scene
A = Abstract Scene (a scene that is inspired by the themes, patterns or rules that came out of the Source Scene)
The signature longform piece. See image below for the current IO Curriculum stand on the Harold, as created by the late Del Close.
Hello dear readers :)
This week is all about learning various formats and then creating our own formats - I’ll cover the formats here, but won’t spend too much time covering stuff that is in previous blog posts (eg when we revisit two person scenes etc)
Hope you find it helpful.
Warm up - I like/Don’t like
The Living Room
What an amazing day today - we started off this morning working on the things we’re not so good at as individuals (are you a leader, or follower, or are you the glue, what do you do good, not so good etc).
We then looked at how vulnerability informs our scenes before moving onto an exercise called ‘Break the Harold’. See image - need I say more. This was a lesson in commitment and it was mindblowing.
AM - Warm yourself up
Do do do do
Working on your challenges
Break the Harold
Pre-cursor - you have to commit to this 100% - whatever happens, patterns, scenes and all
Sorry for the delay in getting this post up - been quite busy over the past few days! Mind boggling good class on Wednesday and Thursday this week - doing ‘The Bat’ was one of the most surreal, trippy and amazing things I’ve ever done - we went on for 42 mins in the dark! Here are my notes from the days activities.
AM - Self directed warm up
Listening exercise - ‘We did it’
This was one of my most favorite moments of the entire program. Amazing.
This was intended to help us work with the language barrier that some pupils faced because English was not their first language
It also helped us English speaking folk realise that it’s not always about the dialogue and that there are so many other ways to communicate
Do a Harold, in the following format
Character work - group creation of characters to use in the afternoon
Here are my notes from day 2 this week - hope they are useful.
Group warm up - kerplunk
Shapes into scenes/physical triggers/opening
Opening + 6 beats
Half and half Harold
Hello all :)
Hope you’re smiling today - apologies for the slight delay, was at a ball game last night! Here are my notes from yesterday - we’re now moving into the territory of the Harold.
Warm up - pattern game
Opening - Invocation
Opening/warm up - flock of birds
Opening - parts of a tree
The keys are to attack it till it’s dead and if people start slipping off stage, get off stage with them asap
Hello my dear improv reader friends :)
Good day today - lots of scene work, a personal feedback session and my sister and brother in law arrived for the weekend from UK. Oh - and all the brits got together to do a gig at the CIC Theatre here - great fun :)
Hope the notes prove useful for you!
Create your own warm up
In a group, remembering what you have learnt, do your own warm up :)
Something important it happening to us all
The power of good staging
General feedback notes - each person performs 5 scenes to use their feedback
Here are my notes from todays sessions - a good day with a lot of emphasis on scene work, with lots of long montage pieces. Funny that given this week is all about scene work :s
It was also the lovely Kayla’s birthday - happy birthday girl :)
Hello readers :)
Here are my notes from day 2 of week 3 - getting into some meaty scene work now.
Character warm up
2 person scenes - intensity matching
I hope you are well and smiling :) Here are my notes from day 1 of week 3. This week is all about getting under the skin of scene work - hope it proves helpful.
Warm up exercise
3 line scenes
Usual three line scene format