Weekend of Women
A weekend of improvising musicals exclusively for women and those who identify as women.
Come work with two of Showstoppers longest-serving women Ruth Bratt and Pippa Evans, and explore the joys of creating musicals in an all-female environment (although one of our male musicians may be involved purely as an accompanist).
We will investigate :
– song and scene creation
– how to deal with gender stereotypes we are often given
– how to break the gender stereotypes we put on ourselves
– space work – claiming the stage
– challenges we find as women in the world of improvisation
To take this course you should already have a basic understanding of musical improvisation, either through taking a
previous Showstopper course or performing regularly in a musical improvisation group.
When : April 21-22, 2018
Where : 2 Northdown St, Kings Cross, London N1 9BG
Showstopper Presents: Playtime!
A chance to practise instant song creation with the Showstopper musicians and actors.
This will be lots of stage time with a focus on side coaching, rather than a full workshop environment.
Come and sing chorus numbers, solos, duets.
Practise bravery with improvised melody.
Work on your lyrical creation.
This workshop is limited to 12 people to ensure maximum stage time per person.
We expect all participants to have either taken part in a Showstopper workshop or have significant improvised musical experience.
This is not a space for beginners.
When : Saturday June 2, 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Where : 2 Northdown, London N1 9BG
Musical Improv Course – Improvers
An 8-week course in long-form musical and narrative improvisation, coached by leading members of the Showstopper team.
You will develop and hone skills in areas such as character-building, storytelling and narrative, acting whilst improvising, complex and genre-based songs, and improvised choreography. The course will culminate in a public performance at a central London venue.
This course is for people with some degree of improvisation experience, who should already be confident in building a scene or song. If in doubt please get in touch and we can discuss which of our courses or workshops is most suitable for you.
Coaches will include Pippa Evans, Andrew Pugsley, Duncan Walsh Atkins and Chris Ash.
Schedule: every Tuesday from February 27 – April 17, 1900-2200. Showcase Performance : Sunday April 22.
This course is now sold out, please sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed of future workshops and courses.
For more information, please email [email protected]
The Showstopper workshop programme
The Showstoppers offer a range of workshops catering to all levels of ability and experience, so whether you are an experienced improviser looking to enhance your skills or wanting to try musical improv for the first time, we will have the class for you.
Either sign up for one of our public workshops or get in touch to arrange a private workshop for your improv group / school / college / musical theatre society.
‘Thank you for the wonderful work that you did with our students, it was one of the funniest hours I have had at Mountview. The project really helped equip these students with new skills.’
Jacqui Somerville, Head of Acting and Musical Theatre, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Our public workshops include:
Introduction to improvised musical theatre – a one-off class to throw beginners in at the deep end, covering improvised group numbers with movement, solos and duets.
Intensive improvised musical theatre courses – either over five days or a long weekend, covering every aspect of the Showstopper method, culminating in a performance of a full-length improvised musical to an invited audience.
Specialist workshops such as Acting in improv, Singing in genre, Improvised comedy, for more experienced improvisers looking to hone particular skills.
“I went from absolute beginner in musical improv to taking part in a full performance in just 5 days! I am very grateful for the passionate and determined approach Showstoppers took to helping us learn and progress as much as we did… All in all, a thoroughly educational and fun experience!” Matt Sparkes, intensive workshop participant January 2017
If you run an improv group or musical theatre society, or are a teacher in a school or university, you can contact us at [email protected] to arrange a private workshop for your colleagues / students. This could be one of our 3-hour introductory workshops, or a longer, more intensive course, depending on your time and budget. We offer workshops for both primary and secondary age school pupils.
“The showstoppers workshop was a wonderful challenge for our students…they were so keen to get up and create on their feet. Now all they want to do is make up songs!” Helena Dix, Head of Voice, Southbank International School
“If you want to learn to improvise musical theatre, you can’t beat five days working with the best. The Showstoppers broke down our barriers and taught us to make things up in a way that was at once relaxed and exhilarating.” Benjamin Dobson, intensive workshop participant January 2017