I’ve been wrong about improv all along.
Check this out. Maria is smart.
I always thought that improv was like a mountain that you could get to the top of.
I figured practising it was a long uphill journey to ‘getting good’. That those stages you go through when you lose confidence is like sliding back down the mountain a few feet but ultimately if you keep your head…
Improv Nonsense: Trying To Win The Scene
Another angle on give and take from Will Hines. Will is focusing on the tone of offers, and how playing by the letter of ‘yes, and’ can belie the attitude underneath: protect my character at any cost.
Saw this in a class:
A: So you hated the dog I bought for you.
B: Yeah, well I already had 4 cats. The dog is going to murder those things. You buy me the worst gifts. You always buy me gifts that just don’t fit.
A: (side coached to say why he bought a dog as a gift) I got you it because I…
“Biological Vulnerability and Negative Emotions Lead to Greater Artistic Creativity”
Not new but new to me, and interesting. I love the nuance you get when you move beyond the “don’t worry be happy” end of positive psych.
So what for me: continue to play with mood as a variable to stimulate how a show goes. Crazy energising warmups are not always the best approach for good theatre content.