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Improv Courses

Stoke run a selection of improv courses for all levels from beginner to advanced. More text goes here @Kelly...

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Level 1 Course

In this 8-week course, you will be introduced to the fundamental skills of improvisation: Listening, reacting truthfully, working as a team, comic scene creation, yes-anding and getting in touch with your childlike sense of play. In long form improv, you make scenes up as you go. Long form teaches you to slow down and to pay attention.  We learn to trust our team mates to support us where ever the scene goes. 

 

 

"It wasn’t just good for me it was life changing." 

-- Laura MacNaughton (O'Reilly Theatre Manager)

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Level 2 Course

In Level 2, the student now has the confidence and freedom to trust their playful impulses. The next step is refining those skills. The forms(structures) are taught which means paying more attention to what the collection of scenes create when they are put together. We also go into more character development , creating the imagined space and the "game" of the scene. Which simply means finding the fun thing and following it.  Throughout Level 2 we continue to work on and hone ensemble skills. 

"Go deeper, follow the fun, be specific, find clarity, take comedy seriously, take your time, be authentic, be kinder to yourself and to others. I learnt all of this from Kelly’s advanced classes - and much more!"

 -- Camille Lucy Ross (actor/writer/comedian)

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Level 3 Course

In Level 3, the students work on creating more in depth, more honest compelling characters. We also look at theme in a more rigorous way. The forms The Dining Room and The Armando are introduced. 

The students are now ready to ask "What is the point of view of our show?" "Can we comment on the world in some way through this show?". Not an easy task but those who rise to the challenge will not be disappointed! 

"Amazing trainer! It was easy to follow your speech and connect with what you were saying."

-- Rosilia Cardenas (Junior Chamber International, Dublin)