Thursday 28th February – 9.00pm: non de script
Working without a script, and making everything up on the spot, non de script aim to provide you with an evening of laughter and fun. This is done through a mixture of physical comedy, word-play and audience participation where you, as the audience, become one of the starts of the show. We employ a range of familiar games (from 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' and other improv shows), to games that are original to non de script! We don't know what will happen, but we do know that you will have an unforgettable evening!!
Cast: David Kirkland, Katharine Mills, Naomi Smallwood, Stuart Hodder.
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Find out more about non de script below . . .
Tell us about your group
Non de script was founded in 2011 by David Kirkland, and is based in Morden, doing shows in South West London and Surrey. In that time, we have done shows in coffee shops, churches, community centres and parks and we have just recently started a residency at The Colour House Theatre in Merton. We perform short-form improv, which was recently called 'Mimsy' by The Times. We disagree!!
How did you discover improvisation?
Dave: I had attended an acting course at a local arts centre, and tehre was a large improv element to the way the course was run. Despite never having had considered doing this before, I found I was proficient in improv and this led to me getting a group of friends together to perform. The rest is history.
Naomi: At an after-school club when I first started secondary school. I seem to remember having to improvise on the famous 'Dead Parrot' sketch!
What’s the most memorable improvisation you have seen or been part of in the last year?
Dave: I have seen Austentatious several times and they never disappoint. Anyone who hasn't seen them should go see them (but not if they are performing the same night as us!)
Naomi: David Cameron trying to convince the country he eats pasties.
What are your top three impro tips?
1. Above all else, listen.
2. Even if you don't know what to say, just say something.
3. Try to find ways to connect different elements of the sketch.
1. Stay alert. You never know when someone might say or do something that you can play on, or say something that could be catastrophically embarrassing for you if you're not careful...
2. Don't be afraid to move the story on into weird places.
3. Practice! Your mind will get sharper and more used to making stuff up on the spot if you train it properly.
Recommend a book on improvisation ...
Dave: Everyone will no doubt recommend Keith Johnstone's books (which are fantastic) so I will recommend 'The Improv Handbook' by Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances-White. This has been invaluable in setting up the group and organising and running shows, as well as a great source of inspiration.
Write you own question on improvisation and give an answer ...
Naomi: “Does improvisation have to be comedic?”
No. Often in drama group and such, you feel a lot of pressure to be funny because you can hear an immediate response. But improvisation can be massively powerful and emotional and create some beautifully natural performnaces in serious drama. It's also an amazing tool to use to develop characters in scripted work.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Dave: If you enjoy what you have seen, then we are at a small theatre called The Colourhouse Theatre in Merton on the last Friday of every month. Details on our website.