CREATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE CRAIC!
– A NEW, SIX-PART, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED 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’).
“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/ Annoyance Theatre Co and formerly with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NYC
“We at Trinity saw the benefit of John’s work as did all who he taught. He’s a great teacher who engages with students in a fantastic and practical way.” ANDY CROOK, former course co-ordinator – Professional Actor Training Programme, Trinity College, Dublin
“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
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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