Premise-based Improv Scenes and Formats — Workshop Details

Course Name Premise-based Improv Scenes and Formats
Duration 8 Weeks
  Start Date Saturday, October 19
  End Date Saturday, December 7
  Meeting Time 11am-2pm
  Instructor(s)
  Price $525 Full / $475 Concession
+ $5 Online Booking Fee (Includes GST)
  Location The Improv Conspiracy Theatre - Office
Level 1, 19 Meyers Place, Melbourne 3000

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 This workshop may be booked by providing the appropriate booking password.

If you have any questions before booking, or wish to set up an alternate payment scenario (bank transfer, payment plan, etc) please contact us!

All bookings are NON-REFUNDABLE, but may be transferred before the start of term. You can defer to a later term or give your spot to a friend.

Be sure you understand all of our conditions of participation before signing up.

An expression of interest form will be released on our facebook groups and participants will be selected from there. 

While it's possible to do a great scene with no suggestion whatsoever, or one based on a single word or phrase, we often want to have our improv inspired by richer source material. Some of the most comedic improv formats in the world involve scenes based on rich source material like a monologist's story, an audience member's online dating profile, or a viral video projected for the cast and audience to watch.

Rich source material allows us to create comedic ideas that, while improvised, will immediately ring as familiar and accessible to the cast and audience. Improv that the general public can understand and enjoy? What a concept!

When we have a clear comedic idea that we want to explore in a scene, we typically initiate with a premise - a line or two of dialogue which includes all of the information requried to start the scene: our who/what/where and an unusual fact, detail or point of view that we wouldn't expect. By starting with a premise and building towards a game, we are able to find comedy quickly and efficiently, and have a great time in the process!

This 8-week workshop will be taught by Adam Kangas, creator of TIC's longest-running premise-based show, The Remix. The hope is to give players the tools necessary to understand and perform great premise-based improv, and to inspire participants to pitch new premise-based shows for the theatre's roster.

Topics covered: 

  • Show structures using monologues, world news articles and viral videos as source material
  • The three types of ways to pull ideas from source material
  • Slicing "thick" vs "thin"
  • Initiations with clear character and premise
  • Position Play recap - identify and play the 3 common comedic scene types
  • Character "why" - want, perspective and detail
  • "The Hand Thing" - visual metaphor for how game manifests in a scene
  • Heightening a game via side support

Features a class show on the 8th of December

About the instructor(s)

While we don’t anticipate having to change the instructor after registrations open, please be aware that this may happen from time to time.

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Adam Kangas is the founder and Artistic Director of the Improv Conspiracy Theatre, with over 10 years of experience with improvisation. He is an alumnus of the iO West and Upright Citizens Brigade improv training centres in Los Angeles and has trained extensively with some of the world's best improvisers in Australia and the USA. Under his direction The Improv Conspiracy Theatre has become a Melbourne institution that has trained over a thousand improvisers and entertained countless audience members.