imprology, improvisation based training

Improviser of the month        December 2008

Alan Marriot
What is your name?
Alan Marriott
Where do you live and work?
Vancouver BC Canada but London, England was my home until last May
What is your day job?
I mainly do voice over work but I am also an impro teacher
How did you discover improvisation?
In acting school and then Vancouver Theatresports (in 1980). Reading Keith Johnstone’s book ‘Impro’ was also an important part of that discovery.
How do you practice improvisation?
For me practice comes in two forms. Workshop is like the laboratory, where you work to look at new ideas, forms and structures and then those new theories and forms must be put into practice by performing them in front of an audience. If something doesn’t work then take it back to the lab and work on it, take it apart, find out why, then take it back on stage again.
How did you learn?
From doing, from being as brave as possible and from working with people who love the work.
Any advice for beginners?
Strive for fun. Find the hidden game in every scene that allows you and the other people you are playing with to have a good time. Lose your ego, impro is dialogue not debate. Build something beautiful together. The best scenes always come from telepathic teamwork rather than individual brilliance.
What is your favourite improvisation quote?
“An improviser is like a man walking backwards, he doesn’t know where he is going but can always see where he has been” – Keith Johnstone
The most satisfying story or scene you ever improvised in?
This is very hard. There has been so many over the years. There is kind of two that stick in my mind both musical moments as it happens. One was many years ago with the Impro Musical company at BAC where I was pimped into improvising a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song at VERY high speed. The other was about a year ago with Grand Theft in London where we called on to improvise an acappella Beatles song. It was particularly satisfying because it really did sound like a lost song from Sergeant Pepper. Really sophisticated and full. Magic moment.
Your favourite improvisation website Dylan’s worked so hard to make this THE impro website for the UK. It has always since it’s early days been a website that provoked conversation about improvisation, whether it was my workshop notes or reviews about shows, online poetry writing… whatever.
Your main website
Facebook profile (requires logging-in)

© Remy Bertrand - 2005/2008
Privacy - Pictures credit - License