Improvisation, Level 2

Two participants in an improvisation workshop

Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 23 April – 11 June 2024
Course times:
7pm–9pm
Age:
18+
Art form:
Drama
Fees:
£355
Deadline:
Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Evening Courses | Summer Courses (April–June)

Course info

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  • For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings on 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4, 11 June 2024
7pm–9pm

About Improvisation Level 2 

Take comedy and drama improvisation to another level in this eight-week evening course. Whether you aspire to be on a comedy panel show, want to develop your acting skills, or simply enjoy a pressure-free creative outlet, this course will help you think on your feet, realise your potential, and work on more sophisticated scenes and exercises. 

After a refresher of the basics, you will progress with confidence to scene-work.

Who is the course for?
  • For anyone who already has experience with improvisation or for people who have already completed the Improvisation, Level 1 course. 
  • There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 18 and over.
What can I expect?

The sessions will build your confidence in communication, active listening and teamwork. Whether you are looking to improve your comedy or acting skills, or just looking to unleash your creativity, you can be sure to have lots of fun, in a safe and supportive environment.

You will explore:

  • Using your initiative
  • Story arcs and narrative
  • Fleshing out characters

At the end of this course you will have gained an overview of the main principles, uses and benefits of improvisation and how to apply them both in performance and your day-to-day life.

Course Fee

£355
Bookings for this course are closed. Join our mailing list to hear about future dates and new courses or please contact shortcourses@gsmd.ac.uk if you have any questions.
  • For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Eligibility

  • For everyone aged 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 18 and over.
  • Participants must have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.

About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Tom Machell and Fred Lancaster.  

Tom Machell is an actor, improvisor and writer. Trained at The New York Film Academy and National Youth Theatre, he is currently a series regular on Comedy Central’s sketch show Every Blank Ever. Notable TV and film credits  include Emmerdale (ITV), Hullraisers (Channel 4), Sparks (Channel 4), Babs (BBC), Jerk (BBC), Doctors (BBC) and The Keeper.

He writes and performs with his comedy group zazU who have had five successful Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre runs and currently developing their work for TV and audio. 

He is an award-winning writer, winning the UK Film Festival Best and Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival 2021 'best short script'. He is part of the prestigious current cohort of BAFTA crew for 2021/22. 

Fred Lancaster trained as an actor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He worked in the industry for over a decade before obtaining a PGCE in Drama from Goldsmiths College. He has worked extensively as a director, teacher and workshop facilitator in the UK, US and Europe.

His work as an actor includes This House (National Theatre), Henry V (West End), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre), Rope (Theatre Royal Ipswich).

Film and TV credits include Inside the Titanic (Discovery Channel), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV), No Shade (British Urban Film Festival).

He has taught at Guildhall on the Acting Summer School, the Preliminary Acting Course, and the Improvisation short courses Levels 1 & 2.

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