I thought that this month, I'd describe the RIOT signature format; it is called "Thirteen Things". RIOT only does musical long-form so we add a lot of singing, but the format can equally be performed without singing. I'll describe the overall format first and then describe how we use song within the format. General Format … Continue reading 13 Things – a (Musical) Long Form Format
If you are doing musical improv, how do you know or decide when to sing? In this article I discuss a couple of options. Organically Sometimes songs just happen organically. The Musical Director (MD) provides underscore to a scene and a player just feels she has to burst out in song. Magic! In my experience … Continue reading Time to Sing?
Introduction I am a big fan of monologues, mainly for initiation of scenes (and by extension, stories). But I don't see enough of them, which is a pity, because monologues can be quite powerful. Let's see why I like monologues so much. Disclaimer: Armando’s and “Monologic” formats When I talk about use of monologues in … Continue reading The Power of Monologues
Introduction “Exposition” in improv theatre is nothing more than the establishment of the Who, Where and - depending on who does the definition - the What. I had kind of an aha-erlebnis last week: most of the general improv articles here on this site focuses on exposition. In this post I will try and elaborate. … Continue reading Exposition
Introduction I have argued before that I am not a big fan of rules when it comes to improv. That said, in this post I would like to discuss a “rule” that is preached by some: “Steer Away from Instant Trouble”. The same rule is sometimes referred to as "Steer away from negativity in initiations". … Continue reading Instant Trouble vs Instant Tension
Introduction Two weeks ago I was in Edinburgh for a weekend of workshopping and a show with the wonderful Men with Coconuts. For the show I was accompanied by one of our RIOT players, Sarah Manhaeve. The Coconuts like to perform musical long form - and so do we @ RIOT - so when … Continue reading Long Form Improv Format: a Musical Riot