CREATIVE IMPROV CRAIC!
A NEW, SIX-PART BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP
WITH JOHN DAWSON
Improvisation develops creativity, confidence, collaboration skills, and spontaneity. In addition to being a mode of live comedy, it can be used as a tool to create characters, develop original dramatic, and/or comedic material and as part of a rehearsal process to explore written text.
In this six-part beginner/intermediate level workshop, participants rediscover their natural ability to ‘play’ while exploring collaborative games, exercises, and techniques used by North America’s Second City Theatre – the forerunner and principal casting pool of hit TV shows ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’.
The elements of narrative such as plot, theme, conflict and resolution are emphasized and explored so that storytelling skills are developed. This is perfect for both the trained performer who wants to stretch and expand their abilities as well as for the curious who want to explore new, creative experiences.
The workshop concludes with a live performance at the weekly Battle of the Axe Comedy event at the Ha’Penny Bridge Tavern, Temple Bar, Dublin in July.
WHEN: 6 Monday evening classes starts Mon., Sept 25th running to & including Mon.,Nov. 30th
WHERE: 4 Manor Street, Dublin 7 (Stoneybatter area)
CLASS TIMES: 7:15PM to 10:15PM
COST: €190.00 total (€175.00 for full time students and for groups of 3 or more)
ENROLLING: €90.00 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit required by Wednesday, Sept. 13th to enroll and ensure a place.
FOR MORE INFO AND TO ENROLL, EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARACTER DRIVEN/STORY-BASED IMPROVISATION
A NEW, SIX-PART, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED WORKSHOP WITH JOHN DAWSON
FOR MORE INFO AND TO ENROLL, EMAIL TO: email@example.com@gmail.com
John Dawson studied the ‘Harold’ with its creator, improv guru Del Close, while training in improv at N. America’s famous Second City Theatre, the forerunner and principal casting pool for hit TV show Saturday Night Live. John went on to become a founding member of a Toronto-based Harold troupe. He has been teaching master-classes and workshops in improv, characterization, scene study, audition technique and on-camera acting for over 20 years in three countries. He has taught hundreds of actors and comics including members of Cork’s Snatch Comedy troupe, Limerick’s Choke Comedy and many more in his own Dublin workshop and at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting, The Actors Centre in London, The Galway Film Centre, and Toronto’s Equity Showcase Theatre. He taught film acting for over 6 years at Trinity College’s Samuel Beckett Centre. John is a produced playwright and screenwriter. His own Dublin-based improv troupe MONDO BIZARRO performed 5 sold out show at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“I have studied improv in North America and Europe, and John is by far the most energetic and enthusiastic teacher with whom I have ever had the pleasure of studying. His exercises pinpoint weaknesses that we improvers may have never known how to tackle. He knows exactly how to loosen up the performers. It’s no wonder his name became famous in the “underground” improv scene in Dublin, he’s the best.” Natalie Plaza, performer w/ the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NYC
“Comic performers who’ve trained with John have a definite edge because they can adapt to handle the toughest audiences.” Tony Ferns, producer, ‘Battle of the Axe’ Comedy Club, Dublin
For more information and to enroll, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about other classes & workshops: www.dawsondramaworks.com ++353 (0) 87 206 2004
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Perform on the Battle of the Axe stage for the first time!
Ciaran McMahon presents a fun, spontaneous workshop full of writing exercises and ideas to trigger your own style of storytelling, jokes, and ideas to create your own brand new comedy set.
Cost for weekend 100€
Bring a friend and its 75€ each.
Interested? Contact Ciaran 0876609555
We can have a secret gig on Sunday night then we get very brave and have our first gig is here in the Battle of the Axe on Tuesday 28th March where it is a real club and there are other established acts on!
What you get:
Writing: First this is a writing workshop, generating ideas and themes that you can develop into material and set ideas.
Presentation: Following the writing of material then we progress to ideas and formats for presentation taking in structure and themes that allow you to develop and slot your ideas into a cohesive presentation, that ‘flows’ and makes sen…se.
Performance: Once the ideas have been developed and the material structured for presentation. We then work on delivery and performance of the material in terms of delivery, stage craft, energy and impact.
- 20 pages of notes to trigger writing material in advance of the workshop. ( I can meet you in advance to give you the notes)
- Workshop Exercises that develop stage awareness and connection to audience.
- Arrangement of material uniting your personality with your performance.
- Arragement of ideas and development of material into a cohesive set that can be performed in competitions and open slots.
- ‘Live gig’ Performance at the end of the workshop: Once you have arranged your set you get to do some ‘run-throughs’ and then comes the performance at the end which, is optional – but only for the chickens!
- Performance is a slot arranged for an established open-mic night ( Battle of the Axe – Hapenny Bridge Inn) where there is an audience voted best act. Many people have won this gateway award having completed the workshop.
Lar Whitty Beginner to 70 gigs in 6months :
Aaron Rodgers President UCD Comedy Society:
Sarah Kelly: Teacher from Co Clare!
Links to Ciaran’s recent gigs:
Gig in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXbiMraKEc&index=3&list=PLc1rKaSRal6O31ufPBy26QpopnM07dqU0
Gigging in USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDzPQnCz5tg
Ciaran McMahon is an experienced regular performer and comedy teacher with ten years of teaching experience and with 20 years of weekly improv, stand up and MCing behind him. He has been a long standing part of the comedy scene in Dublin, orrganising the Bulmers Nothin But Funny comedy competition. This proved to be the standard for comedy in Ireland, launching regular names on the comedy scene such as past winners: 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gaCIXEFCK0
– Ian Murphy.
WHEN: Saturday 3rd December: 1-5pm
Sunday 4th of December: 2-6pm
Live Gig: While the energy is still there the live gig starts in in Doyles Pub at 8pm-11 (optional for the chickens!)
COST: 100€ for the unfunny or 80€ early bird booking. Get in there, its half full already!
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/ events/639551819557268/
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STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS AND NEW MATERIAL:
WEEKEND OR 6 WEEKLY WORKSHOPS
WITH FINAL LIVE PERFORMANCE
FOR NEXT COURSE CONTACT Ciaran McMahon 0876609555