A lot of improvisation – particularly online – tends towards talking. Our bodies lock up and we start just saying words.
This beginners’ class will help you let your body lead your discovery. We’ll use movement, postures and play to embody different characters and situations and let any words follow from there.
You’ll explore embodying people (and maybe other creatures!) different to you and find out what it’s like to be them in relationship with others.
You don’t need to be clever or witty. Improvisation isn’t about doing special things, it’s more a process of loosening our self editing and allowing ourselves to be seen. Human beings – like you and me – are beautiful, noble and funny. When we allow ourselves to be seen in that together, poetry happens.
- Build your confidence being seen physically
- Expand your range of physical expression and embodiment
- Tune into your physical impulses
- Start loosening your self editing
Who is it for?
- If you are nervous, that is fine! I was terrified of improvising, especially physically so I totally get it.
- We will specifically address nerves and do some calming exercises before and after. I will encourage you to go a bit outside your comfort zone because that’s where the learning is but you don’t have to do anything.
- Ideally, you will have already come to my Introduction to Improvisation class but if you want to come to this first, then that’s OK too.
- You don’t need any specific physical ability. If you have limitations on how much you can move, you can work within that. If you want to tell me in advance, then email me.
Who am I?
Hi, I’m Andy. I’m the world’s least likely improviser!
I’m not from a performing background at all. I got through life by staying in the background and getting things right. The idea of improvising scared me witless. But I knew that the fear was pointing towards some buried treasure – getting back in touch with my playful, spontaneous self.
I’ve now been improvising for eight years, performing with a variety of troupes including improvising songs as well as performing improvised tributes to Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. It’s helped me be more spontaneous and have MUCH more fun in life. I’ve taught improvisation to doctors, management consultants and more.
I’m also a hypnotherapist and embodiment coach.
We will have maximum fun. But we will also spend some time loosening up, relaxing the “deer in the headlights” reflex and picking out what you can take into the rest of your life.
How to Join
To join, use the link at the top of this page.
Choose the time you would like from the dropdown, click “add to basket” then check out.
You should receive an email with a PDF containing joining instructions.
Only ten places per session to make sure there’s plenty of space for you to share if you want to.
If you really want to come but can’t afford it, let me know and we’ll sort something out.
“I absolutely loved your introductory class! Improv is definitely outside my comfort zone, but you created such a welcoming environment, and you very skillfully calmed everyone’s nerves. I had a lot of fun, and it was wonderful to uncover a playful aspect of myself that had been buried for a long time.”
“I had always been terrified of improv. When I finally took the plunge in Andrew’s highly safe and encouraging workshop, it was a joy to meet my playful side. I amazed myself at what I did and how much I enjoyed it.”
“I love how you are so open and honest about yourself. The sessions are so helpful on all sorts of levels, as well as really fun. Would love to do more!”
“It was a very safe and playful environment that you created during the workshop. I really appreciated the care you took with all participants.”
“I was nervous but Andrew skilfully led the session which was really fun and flew by. It left me wanting more and I’ll be back as soon as I can!”
“I loved today so much. The timing was perfect for a zoom session although I actually really wanted it to go on longer in many ways! To have two hours of freedom from mind talk and a sense of play was heaven! You facilitated it like a true craftsman.”
“Thank you for providing such a warm and welcoming spot to explore.”
“I enjoyed it a lot and it opened a window to the world of improv. There are opportunities for us to get out of our comfort zone yet it remains fun and safe. I left the session energized, proud of my journey through my fears and slowly accepting and taming my troll(s).”
“I wanted to give it a go as it seemed fun and I was not disappointed! Andrew is a wonderful host with a great sense of humour. Everyone feels welcome. Looking forward to play and connect again :)”
“It was really fun – very supportive and encouraging 🙂”
“I joined Andy’s Play / Connect online session without any experience of improv or even knowing what to expect. I just knew that I needed a healthy dose of playfulness, laughter and connection. Andy and his session did not disappoint. He was able to bring strangers together in an online format with ease and grace. We all had the luxury of being with each other in such a fun way and forget for a short time the current perils. I highly recommend him and his fun-loving work. “