Every Tuesday 8 to 10 pm, from Jun 4 to Jul 2.
At Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, London NW1 3FE (map) .
14 participants max.
Fee for 5 sessions: £146 (deposit £73). Concession: £128 (deposit £64).
Book now with a 50% deposit, the rest on your first day. Terms and Conditions apply.
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Concession for equity members, full-time students, low earners, the unwaged and imprology students who took a course with us in the past two months, excluding taster. Please bring proof.
If you've paid for a taster, you can get a full refund when booking a course with us. Simply bring proof and we will subtract the cost of the taster to your final payment for the course.
If you don't enjoy your first class with us, contact us within 24 hours to get a full and unconditional refund. We also offer a partial refund if you book a cycle of classes, enjoy the first one but feel it's not for you. In which case, contact us within 24 hours, and we will only charge you for a taster, refunding the rest of your booking fee.
Please give us notice at least 30 days before the start of your course, by email, stating your name, contact details and your course's reference. We will refund cancellations in full to the account initially charged, or transfer the booking onto another course of your choosing, at no extra cost. If you give us notice between 30 and 15 days before the start of your course, we will apply a £15 cancellations or rescheduling fee. No refund or rescheduling will be considered after this time limit or if you don't show up.
Should any unforeseeable event force us to cancel a class or a series of classes, you will be offered the choice between an alternative class or a full refund. No refund or alternative will be available if a course is disrupted by an Act Of God.
Send a cheque payable to "imprology, 87 Cavendish Road, London N4 1RR, UK" along with the name, telephone and email contact of the workshop's participant(s). Make sure that your cheque reaches us before the start of the class you want to book. The booking fee is indicated on the booking page of each course. We will confirm your booking upon receipt by email.
Concession for equity, full time students, low earners, the unwaged and rescent imprology students. See T&Cs. Bring proof.
If you can't afford this course, contact us here.
If you are free on all the course's dates but can't afford to pay the listed price because it would genuinely deprive you of the indispensable, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- The course references: G201114b8 Tuesday 8 to 10 pm, from Jun 4 to Jul 2.
- The amount of money you can afford to pay for this course;
- You are also welcome to include other, non-monetary ways to contribute.
We've set aside four open places for this programme. We will let you know if space is still available and if so, email you a tailored booking form. We will answer positively to your request whenever possible. If we don't answer positively, it will be because the four places are gone or we considered your proposed contribution unsustainable as we receive no other funding that what people pay for our classes.
It is not possible at this early stage to publish guidelines on what the minimum contribution should amount to, so please feel free to state your case and don't feel bad if it's not accepted. You can try as many time as you like. Please note that this programme might not be available for all our courses.
If you have more than you need and would like to contribute to this scheme please consider making a donation. All the money received this way will go towards improving access and affordability to our courses.
Full refund if you don't enjoy your first class. See T&Cs for details.
Who: This course is for participants with no previous experience of improvisation or keen to try a different approach in a safe and friendly space.
Benefits: Reduces social anxiety; Improves resilience; Encourages interaction; Increases self-awareness; Fosters cooperation; Rewards curiosity.
Scoop: Relaxation, play and cooperation. You will express yourself while listening to others and find pleasure in co-creation. You will learn to improvise by playing games, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, and create scenes and stories spontaneously as part of an ensemble.
Structure: Each class usually consists of three periods. First, we breathe and relax with the entire group. Then we practice games, in pairs or groups, with everyone taking part at the same time. In the end, we practice scenes, with performers playing in front of the other participants on a voluntary basis. A beginners class will concentrate on the two first periods, while an advanced class will make more space for scene work and story-telling.
Method: Our classes are highly interactive and conditioned by the level of pleasure and energy in the room. We take the time to unwind and warm-up properly, and put our attention on space and movements as much as dialogues. Our guiding principles are complicity, pleasure and forgiveness.
Pace: The speed at which students acquire the necessary skills depends on each individual. The confidence to speak with ease in front of an audience manifests sooner or later, through voice and body training, as well as repeated exposure. The capacity to listen and adjust in real time to any given situation is harder to master. Participants will need to give themselves the freedom to experiment and the permission to fail.
Learning: Some of the learning takes place in stages and each session is dedicated to a particular aspect of improvisation. Other times learning happens in a breakthrough. As you play or watch other people play you suddenly realise something about yourself or the way you do things. A moment of clarity that has to be experienced and cannot be imparted. Receiving feedback will help you make sense of it all.
Marianne Hooper (Pixie) has a deep understanding of improvisation thanks to a strong commitment to the form and a neuro-atypical mind. She trained as an actor at East 15 and Clean Break Theatre company, and as an improviser and impro teacher with Remy Bertrand at imprology. She has studied theoretical physics at UCL as well as Mindfulness, Reiki, Judo and numerous schools of psychotherapy. She is a regular performer with the ensemble improvisation company Zootrophic.
'Brilliant workshop, I settled in so quickly from the great leadership of Pixie. Thank you so much. I feel great.' Orlaigh
'Thanks Pixie! That was challenging in a beautiful way and I will come again.' Peter Linstead
'Really enjoyed it, great people, very relaxed, inspiring environment, Pixie is a great workshop facilitator, engaging and forgiving.Thank you!' Petra Petra
'Took the beginners Saturday session. Highly recommended - Pixie is a great teacher. Thanks for a super session!' Guido Hakkenberg