Spontaneous and rehearsed improvisation can be used to generate new content. Exploring themes in a play and experimenting with styles and status are useful when creating new scripts and characters.
What can improvisation be used for?
Exploring and creating a script
Building the tension
Keeping the audience guessing what's going to happen next
What is spontaneous improvisation?
Improvising a scene after it's been discussed
Improvising a scene without first discussing or planning what the scene might contain
Improvising a scene where the action onstage feels like it's been made up on the spot
What is rehearsed improvisation?
Improvisation that is tidied up and rehearsed to create a polished piece of drama
Rehearsing a script ready for performance onstage
Which theatre and film director is famous for creating work which grows out of character based improvisation?
How long do Mike Leigh's actors rehearse to build a script from improvisation?
What is off text improvisation?
A script that has grown out of improvisation
Improving a bad text by improvising
Work based upon an existing script but not using the text
What is meant by annotation?
Speaking directly to the audience as a performer
Writing notes on a script about the way it should be played
Speaking a speech on one musical note or pitch of voice
What is meant by taking a character out of context?
Exploring the character in a different place or time
Not understanding what the character means
Taking the words away and performing mute
Why should you never block the ideas of another actor during improvisation?
You might upset their feelings
You might discover something interesting that you hadn't thought of before
They will not be able to move past you
What's meant by status?
The biggest speaking role in a production
The level of power or influence a character has
The height of an actor's position onstage