The 2017 London Jam tickets are on sale, the acts are confirmed, we have one of the coolest venues in London – Wilton’s Music Hall – and everyone is raring to go.
You can see in the website that it’s going to be a packed week, with stellar improvisers from Toronto, Edmonton, Oslo and the UK coming to give us their standalone shows, plus of course an influx of amazing people for the Improvathon.
If you are new to the London Jam, it’s a week long festival of improvised comedy and theatre. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday there are two shows on – we suggest you see them both…
On Wednesday we’ve got a rather special set of shows – The Ken Campbell Caper Competition. Ken was one of the big influences on theatrical impro in the UK – he was the creator of The School of Night (you might have seen its offspring Rhapsodes as well) and people from that went on to create Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
He loved mixing the anarchic fooling with the truly moving and great. That’s what the Caper Compeititon will be: competitive theatre games, between teams of improvisers – but not the usual Theatresports-style games. Instead, it will be much more about stirring speeches, displays of deep emotions, amazing dialogue, stunning stagecraft. That’s on Wednesday – two semi finals then the final – all in one night.
Browse the site at www.thelondonjam.com – and come and see what world-class impro can offer!
Extempore Theatre is proud to be hosting the amazing Becky Johnson who is in London for a week and will be running a workshop into her remarkable brand of improv.
Here are the details:
Improv Dynamics with Becky Johnson
Friday March 20th from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Cost £12.
Although contemporary improvised theatre leans heavily on narrative storytelling, it also relies on fewer narrative arcs.
This workshop is an exploration of the hidden, non-narrative elements of improvised scenework (character, relationship, comedic dynamics, metaphor) and their fusion with storytelling.
Don’t worry, we will goof around while we work on all this stuff.
Becky Johnson is an award-winning Canadian actor and improviser with over 20 years experience in improvised theatre and comedy. Having trained at The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and with reknowned clown teacher Sue Morrison, Johnson focuses on improvised comedy with physical theatre influences.
As one-half of comedy duo, The Sufferettes (with Kayla Lorette), she has toured extensively in Europe and North America and won the 2014 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Troupe.
To book your place please contact
Rhiannon Morris [email protected]
The cost is just £12.
Friday March 20th
From 6.30pm – 9.00pm
At Theatre Delicatessen
119 Farringdon Rd
London EC1R 3DA
For more information go to http://www.beckyjohnson.ca
The London Jam
At the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London. January 20th – 26th, 2014.
Extempore Theatre in Association with The Bristol Old Vic present
A week-long celebration of everything spontaneous – no scripts, no rehearsals and no fear. Following the success of this annual event in Bristol, the first ever London Jam came to Park Theatre. If you thought improv was only ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’, then think again!
Austentatious: An Improvised Novel (U.K.)
The Factory present – The Odyssey (U.K.)
Game Of Death (Austria)
Phil Kay’s Gimme Your Left Shoe Show (U.K.)
Dad’s Garage (U.S.)
The Showstoppers! (U.K.)
Harold of Galactus (Canada)
AND… The Seventh annual London 50- Hour Improvathon
It’s a very busy summer with Showstopper playing its longest residency at The Udderbelly on London’s South Bank, and gearing up for our biggest Edinburgh Festival to date at The Gilded Balloon (July 30th – August 24th). Full details at www.theshowstoppers.org
We are in collaboration with Ramin Gray and Nassim Soleimanpour on a new project (working title Blind Hamlet).
Adam Meggido, Duncan Walsh Atkins and Amy Rosenthal are writing and workshopping a new musical, after reaching the final five of Perfect Pitch 2014.
Adam Meggido is delighted to be reunited with the wunderkinds of Mischief Theatre and will be directing the national tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong Autumn 2014 – Spring 2015.
[Not a valid template]The daring improvisation troupe played Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival last Summer, picking up a Spirit Of The Fringe Award.