Improv Weekend for Developing Actors in Kinsale, Co. Cork

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    Marcus Bale

    Improv Weekend for Developing Actors
    Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 of November 2009 – 10am to 5pm – Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre
    Led by: Marcus Bale & George Hanover

    This workshop is aimed at actors, aspiring actors and people seriously interested in Improvisation. During this two-day workshop, we will deal with three elements:

    1 – Advanced Scene Composition:

    – How to make a scene interesting?
    – What’s the arc of a story?
    – How to begin, develop and finish a scene.
    – Climax of the scene.
    – Narrative games.
    – Advancing and extending an offer.
    – Re-incorporation of material.
    – Storytelling skills will be developed.

    2 – Advanced Character Development:

    – Physical development of a character
    – Verbal development of a character
    – Psychological development of a character
    – Background of a character
    – Status of a character

    3 – The Mechanics of Comedy:

    – What makes a scene funny?
    – Comedy in the narrative & Comedy in the characters
    – Play and games in a scene
    – Extremes and contrasts
    – The Gag
    – Physical Comedy
    – Witticisms
    – The Absurd
    – Breaking the fourth wall

    The rhythm of the workshop will be determined by the level of the participants. Other areas might be covered depending on the group’s interest.

    Come, learn & enjoy the process!!!

    About the facilitators:

    Marcus Bale trained in Buenos Aires for seven years in different Actors Studios. He also studied Improvisation, Clown, Circus, Mime, Physical, Mask and Anthropological Theatre. In Ireland he performed and directed a multitude of plays. Since 2002 he has been giving workshops on Improvisation, Clowning, Commedia dell’ Arte, & the Techniques of Jerzi Grotowski, Eugenio Barba & Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, always emphasising the physical aspect of theatre. He has taught in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada & Argentina. In 2001 he co-founded BYOB Productions. The same year he co-founded Cyclone Comedy Improv Troupe. In 2002 he was co-founder of the Snatch Comedy Improv Troupe with whom he performs all over Ireland. In 2003 he became Teacher for the Gaiety School of Acting in Cork teaching adults, children & teenagers. He also teaches "The Spirit of Sign", Cork Deaf Community Drama group & is also guest teacher at the Theatre Courses in Kinsale College of Further Education & KCAT Drama Course in Callan, Kilkenny.

    George Hanover (ALCM) is a professional actor & tutor for the Gaiety School of Acting in Cork. She is also a founding member of Corks own, Snatch Comedy Improv. Recently she toured Australia & New Zealand working & performing with various improv groups sharing & honing her skills. She received her Diploma in Acting from the London College of Music & Media. Although she specialises in Improvisation she is a member of the Working Actors Workshop with whom she co wrote the successful & ongoing childrens show "Aesops Fabulous Foibles & Fables" . She has toured with Graffitti Theatre Co performing & giving workshops. Her most recent training has been in the technique of Jacques Lecoq physical & clowning theatre in the Actors Studio Barcelona.

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    – When is this workshop happening? Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 of November 2009
    – What time? 10am to 5pm
    – Where? Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre (
    – How much is it? €140 (bring your own lunch)
    – Booking a place: Enquiries by phone: 021 4777758 or 0879696901 or via email to:
    – To book a place with Credit Card: Simply pay a deposit of €50 via PayPal (or the totality of the fee if you prefer) following the instructions given at this website: (Please state the name of the course when you pay using this method).
    – To book a place by Check: Post a check for €50 (or the totality of the fee if you prefer) payable to Kinsale Pottery. The address is: Kinsale Pottery, Olcote, Ballinacurra, Kinsale, Co Cork. (Please state the name of the course when you pay using this method).

    See you there!!

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