Protagonists & Antagonists – Part II

Introduction In a previous post ( Protagonists & Antagonists - Part I ) I outlined the use in impro of storytelling concepts like protagonists, antagonist and sidekicks, from a theoretical point of view.  In this post I explain how I use these in an improv workshop setting. In workshopping I tend to let the players discover … Continue reading Protagonists & Antagonists – Part II

Protagonists & Antagonists – Part I

Introduction Here is a little model. Think of it as a storytelling model, applied to improv. It’s a bit theoretic, but it can really be applied; see the last section for how this material came about and why it is useful. While explaining the model I will use plenty of examples for scripted stories. In … Continue reading Protagonists & Antagonists – Part I

13 Things – a (Musical) Long Form Format

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

The Power of Monologues

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

Instant Trouble vs Instant Tension

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