Two tips

Two useful bits of advice I heard many years ago, and now can’t remember where.

1. Give yourself an askfor. Before you enter a scene give yourself some suggestion about your character.  (Credit to Greg Ellis of Wellington’s ‘the Improvisers’)

2. Think of a letter, think of a word starting with that letter. If you need to come up with something from nothing, this is a good way to do it. It’s easier to think of a word starting with specific letter than to just ‘think of a word.’

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4 Responses to “Two tips”

  1. David Wahl Says:

    To “yes and” your second suggestion, if you are having trouble coming up with a letter, use the last letter of the last word spoken by your scene companion or just the last person you talked to.

    It’s amazing how much this can super-charge your imagination.

  2. improbable Says:

    That’s a great idea.

    I remember using this technique when playing ‘what are you doing?’ and feeling like I was cheating.

  3. Dan Allan Says:

    I believe piece of advice number one: “Give yourself an ask-for” was introduced to the Jesters one workshop by one Greg Ellis of the Improvisors in Wellington. A goody from Greg.

    What I think is even more important is to ask yourself “Why am I entering this scene?” If you can’t give yourself a valid intention then don’t enter.

  4. improbable Says:

    Thanks Dan,

    Have added Greg’s name to the post.

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