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improvisation Our rehearsal process consisted of several games to help us with our own techniques and understanding of improvisation

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Kerry Gibson 13/09/06 Induction assignment: Improvising a performance Over the past three days we have been exploring the rules and techniques of improvisation and its effectiveness to ourselves and other actors. We achieved this by following a rehearsal process, taking notes and using our knowledge from this to create a performance. Our rehearsal process consisted of several games to help us with our own techniques and understanding of improvisation. These games included the narrative game: coming up with a story involving a specific object on the spot and then reincorporating that story to include another person's. This game then developed into this is not a ... it's a.... pretending this object is something totally different to what it really is and telling a story about it. The effectiveness of these games were that I learnt to develop my imagination, that you can never get anything wrong with improvisation, any idea is fine it doesn't have to be original because you can then use other peoples ideas to develop it into something better and more detailed. ...read more.

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Another game we used to achieve this was the ABC game where we had to improvise using each letter of the alphabet. These games were also effective because they also showed me you always need to know your location to give the performance justification. I think my overall strengths of the rehearsal process were that once I was up and improvising in front of everyone I managed to find my confidence and perform well, I listened well taking down lots of useful notes and managed to use my imagination well especially in the narrative game. My weaknesses of the rehearsal process were definitely confidence, freezing people in the freeze frame game I think I should have said freeze and taken over more often, I also found it hard to think quickly. To improve my weaknesses I will try to forget about everything and just get up and do it (one of the rules of improvisation) ...read more.

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I think my weakness in my performance was trust for my partner, I was more nervous and uncomfortable in my second improvisation because I didn't have control in the routine, I think this is probably also down to confidence. I can improve this by working on trusting my fellow performers. Two of my fellow class members that stood out for me the most were Sarah and Will, I think they were very confident when performing and had very good ideas such as the drug routine in the ABC game which worked really well, they've helped me realise its better to get up and be confident and get on with it. In conclusion, I think the rules and techniques of improvisation are extremely effective because they are essential for the improvisation to work well. I have enjoyed doing this unit of work and have learnt a lot of things I didn't know about improvisation and about myself for example my confidence around new people I haven't met before and how I can improve it by just getting on with things and doing it. ...read more.

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