How to be Creative? Just be Obvious

The answer is obvious Oh what a funny word obvious is. It can mean clarity, but is often used with criticism. I certainly have associations with being on the wrong side of it. ‘Come on Urquhart, the answer’s obvious,’ echo the voices of the past teachers…

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No but or Yes and: Playing with Contrast

Compare and Contrast Contrast is the theme of our classes this week over at AndAlso. Contrast may seem like an odd choice of theme in an artform that is all about agreement and building, but this is precisely the reason that…

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How to Smash the Patriarchy with Improv

How to Smash the Patriarchy with Improv It’s International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, and the theme of our classes this week. I’m a woman, and a feminist but I somehow still feel I’m not allowed to celebrate – what is…

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A Pocket of Change

Change is Inevitable Considering I’m a professional improviser, I’m really not great with change. For isn’t improvisation the art of change? No 2 shows are the same, and once a show is done, it’s gone forever, never to be repeated. When it feels like it’s gone badly, this…

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An Abundance of Abundance

I am a big believer in the idea of abundance. I don’t want to go all Tony Robbins or anything but having an abundance mindset has always served me well. At the very least, it has certainly served me as an improviser. Or…

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How to talk less in improvisation – a Poem

One of the first questions people ask when they find out I am an improviser is ‘What happens if you can’t think of anything to say?’ As if saying things is the most important part. And it’s true: some improvisers tend to conflate how much dialogue…

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5 Animals that are like Improvisers

This week is Animal Week at AndAlso (that means all our drop-in classes will have this theme). So to celebrate, here’s a list of 5 animals that are like improvisers. Both as performers and as characters. Peacocks  (or ‘Peapocks’ as my 2-year-old Iggy calls them) As…

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Playing Status

If you ask an improviser to define status, I suspect many would struggle to pin it down. But I’m also willing to bet that most of them could show you status in a heartbeat. Because status, like stories and songs, is everywhere. It happens all the time in every interaction…

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