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
Acting Through Song with Justin Brett
“What is this song I am singing actually about? How do I find that and connect emotionally with it? How do I improvise beautiful, connected lyrics? How can I engage physically while I’m singing, and be more specific with movement? What do I do with my hands?!”
Aimed at the more experienced musical improviser, we’ll look at how to really drill down to the subject of your song – deepening rather than broadening, so we’re not just singing about ’stuff’. We’ll be looking at ways to connect emotionally, how to make your lyrics even more beautiful and how the style of a song can influence the improvised content. And finally we’ll be looking at physicality – specifically stillness, and how effective and nuanced just a small amount of movement can be.
When : Saturday June 23 2018, 10am-4pm
Where : St Gabriels Halls, Pimlico, SW1V 3AA
Characterful Improv Weekend with Susan Harrison
A fun and playful workshop led by Susan Harrison, exploring characterisation in improv.
In this energetic weekend session you’ll look at different routes in to playing characters; which may include status, physicality, singing, animal work and inner tempo. Through scene work, songs, games, and exercises, you’ll have the chance to dive in to the skin of numerous characters.
There will be singing involved in this workshop, so participants should be confident at improvising songs.
When : July 7-8, 2018, 10am-5pm
Where : Theatre Delicatessen, Broadgate, London
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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