It was a hot day, with temperatures hitting the mid-thirties. I was running the improv storytelling workshop for the Parramatta Riverside's School Holiday program, and due to the scorching sun, only a few kids turned up with their parents in tow.
Rather than the usual storytelling games which get the kids involved, like Pop-Up Storybook (great for the younger kids with little narrative skills) or Word-at-a-Time storyteller (suited more for the mid-primary schoolers), I just got the kids to tell a story using the basic Advance/Extend prompts. Why did I do that? Especially when I could just tell a Forgotten Fable instead?
Because their teachers' feedback were that they needed more work with their composition work, in particular they needed work with details and pace.
So, here's the run-down of the Advance/Extend technique which you can do with your kids as well (and something a bit extra at the end to help).
A short review/testimonial of the last SKETCH show:
"Yesterday we had a truly remarkable improv show at our studio, performed by the talented trio Ivan, Cindy and Jason. Each performance was inspired by an artwork previously unseen to the actors, and they developed intricate, funny and sometimes dramatic stories on the spot, full of twists and turns. Thanks to artwork by Tam Cao, Nam Nguyen and Mary Tamras, for creating a wonderful springboard for the stories and congrats to Ivan Chew - IYL, Cindy and Jason for a memorable afternoon!"
- Susan Wang, Susan Wang Photography, Pop-Up Parramatta Artist.
With an amazing show and awe struck audience switching from laughter to seriousness, SKETCH is coming back again this year!
You've seen game based comedy improv like 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' and 'Improvaganza'. You love the unexpected mini scenes but you want something with more story. You want art. You want story. You want something more than just gags. You want theatre.
SKETCH is a new improvised show from the team of 'Improv in the Arcade' and 'Impromance' which delves into the more theatrical scene work of improv. It's improvised theatre which will either make you laugh or cry. It might be whimsical. It might be dramatic.
The only certainty is that all the scenes will be inspired by the artwork created 30 minutes before the show starts (5pm) by the amazing artists in the Pop-Up Parramatta initiative. But what about you? The last scene will be inspired by the collective artwork by YOU, the audience!
And if you like the artwork, you can purchase it after the show direct from the artist!
So are you ready for some improvised theatre?
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