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This level is designed to introduce you to The Improv Conspiracy's approach to long form improvised comedy. No prior acting or improv experience is required.

Each class session starts with some fun warm-up exercises designed to help you to get a bit silly and to bond with your classmates.

After the warm-up you'll move onto some enjoyable exercises designed to help you learn some of the basic skills we use when doing improvised scenes on stage.

After the exercises there will be time for you to perform open-ended scenes. This is where the real magic happens! You'll be asked to call on that day's lesson, plus anything you've worked on during the prior weeks.

By the end of the 8 weeks you'll be capable of creating and sustaining interesting and entertaining 3-minute scenes that are completely improvised. Your class will then put on a 30-minute long improvised show for your friends and family, featuring a blend of truthful storytelling and improv scenes inspired by the stories!

Specific Skills and Topics Covered:

- An introduction to the core tenets of improvisation: agreement, listening, commitment & support

- Truth in comedy: how to use truthful storytelling as a way to generate interesting ideas for comedic scenes

- You are enough: the power of playing characters similar to yourself in a comedic scene. What would you say in real life? It's probably the right thing to say here!

- How to create and play an intelligent character with a stong point of view (POV)

- How to flesh out your characters with rich history and philosophy

And more!

  • Workshop Session #1
    Tuesday, November 14, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
Instructor(s)
Venue(s)
Course Fees

$575 Full / $525 Concession

Plus online booking fee of $5

Prices include GST

Course Prerequisites
This course has no prerequisites
You are eligible for this course
Bookings
This course has concluded

Important dates, venues & times

Course calendar

Workshop Sessions
Student Showcases
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  • Workshop Session #1
    Tuesday, November 14, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #2
    Tuesday, November 21, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #3
    Tuesday, November 28, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #4
    Tuesday, December 5, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #5
    Tuesday, December 12, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #6
    Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #7
    Tuesday, January 16, 2024
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #8
    Tuesday, January 23, 2024
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Student Showcase #1
    Sunday, January 28, 2024 @ 12:00pm

Meet your teacher

Instructor Profile

Barney Pollock

Barney is an actor and improviser. He has worked professionally in theatre, film and television, appearing on Channel Ten as a member of the Thank God You're Here ensemble cast and upcoming ABC Comedy White Fever. Barney graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2015, winning the Frances Barbe Award for most outstanding performer for the class of ‘15.

Barney is also a content creator, hosting one of the southern hemisphere's most downloaded English Premier League Podcasts A Bit Spursy and performs monthly with long-term Collaborator Matt Young (Deadloch) in their popular show Cool & Smart at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre.

Our community watering hole

Enjoy some good times downstairs at Theory Bar

Fancy a beverage after your next show or class session? Our ground floor bar is open Wednesday–Sunday.

Community members and ticket-holders get 10% off*

(* Sundays and Public Holidays excepted)

Theory Bar