Improvisation and Devising Workshop

Our first Acting Skills workshop took place on 3rd December, and it was so much fun!  The participants ranged in age from teens to sixties, and in experience from semi-professional to complete novice.  They all agreed it was a huge success, and great value.

We started the day with some physical warm ups, which quickly morphed (almost without us noticing) into the first of our improvisation exercises.


Throughout the day, we were kept on our toes by Ruth Williams, our fantastic workshop facilitator.  Having established some ground rules, including ‘there is no way to be wrong’ she then challenged us (very gently) with activities covering topics such as self-awareness; space awareness; focus and concentration; improvisation with objects; soundscapes; devising scenes from tableaux; devising scenes for story-telling.



Although we had a few random objects to experiment with, and a few hats and costume pieces, we mainly just used our selves – body, voice, and relationships with other participants and the space.



We had a great day filled with learning and laughter, and are hoping that Ruth will come back to Canterbury and work with us again in 2017.

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In the meantime, our next workshop is planned for 14th January, and will be an introduction to Meisner.  Please watch our page for details.

Here are some of the comments from our participants:

“I had a fantastic time, I’ve learnt so many new tricks and skills and had so much fun, thank you very much.”

“Such a positive experience – a great introduction to the world of acting.  A well-structured and most of all “fun” day.  Thank you.

“Tremendous fun!  Lots of new insights into improvising and devising theatre.  I can definitely apply what I’ve learnt today to my current projects.”

We look forward to seeing you next time.


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