The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?

  Introduction At a recent international festival I happened to stumble into several discussions, with different groups of people, about taboos in improv, on whether e.g. minorities should (or should not) be portrayed on stage, and if so, how, or whether & how touchy or dark subjects should be addressed in improv. It so happens … Continue reading The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?

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 Improv 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 Improv 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