Category Archives: Improvisation

America Improv Training and The Edinburgh Fringe

This summer I attended the annual Comedysportz Championship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for shows and improv workshops. Then headed straight to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. It was an intense and enjoyable three weeks of of improv training and performing.

There’s nothing in the UK that’s really comparable the annual improv championship. It’s not really a competition,  more a convention of comedy shows and improv workshops where performers from all over the us – and UK – come together for one week to collaborate and learn new skills.

Improv is on the rise in the UK, but no where near as well established as it is in the US, with it’s dedicating schools of improvisation, not just for performance skill, but also as a tool for learning.… Continue Reading

What can business learn from a 33 hour long performance?

Last week I joined 30 other performers taking part in a thirty three hour long show that was completely improvised. It had comedy, high drama, songs and characters including a space pirate, a giant slug and a Cyberman (from Doctor Who) – that was me.

You’d be right to wonder how this is relevant to proper ‘work’, but when you strip away the theatrical of Liverpool’s 8th annual ‘improvathon‘ you’ll see a very impressive model of project management played out at speed.

 

Improvisation isn’t making things up. There are rules and constraints that help unlock the creativity¬†for high levels of collaboration and achievement, for example a six person ‘safety song’ and dance that was ‘slip, trips and falls’.… Continue Reading