It's coming up to that time again when student's across Sydney and surrounding regions register and begin training for Impro Australia's Theatresports School's Challenge. It's been a while since I've been involved as a coach, tutor or judge and I miss it. What an amazing experience for the students across NSW! It's the process itself that I feel is most important as the life skills learnt are just as valuable as the performance skills cultivated. It's not too late to register your school, just visit the Impro Australia website for details. This clip was filmed a few years back when my Drama students (later to become valuable members of Theatresports Central Coast) performed an Emotional Rollercoaster during the TSC heat held at Wyong Christian Community School. Fun times, great memories and lasting legacies! Don't delay, register your school now.
'I recently had the opportunity to invest in some professional development for my drama students. I wanted to focus on improvisation as it's such an essential part of the NSW Drama curriculum and it's an area that students often enjoy but don't always use to its full potential. That's where Rouba came in. As a Theatresports veteran, she quickly put my students at ease and, throughout the course of our day together, took them through a series of valuable activities that each built on the experience of the last. The learning points were simple enough to engage with but also challenging. Rouba helped put into words what had been missing in much of our improvisation sessions and now my other classes are enjoying the benefits. I particularly appreciated the connections Rouba made between the skills students were developing and the value they can bring to life beyond the classroom. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day but, more importantly, one that my students won't soon forget.' - Andrew Robertson, Central Coast Adventist School.
Hello from Florida, USA! I'm over here taking some time out to visit my husband's world yet improv still seems to find me wherever I am. On Friday night I was at Disney Springs and had the pleasure of coming across an improv-rap comedy duo called Free Daps create rap rhymes on the spot using stimuli from information and objects given to them by the audience. In this case the sweet volunteer's name was Bola who was from Canada and had worked in a restaurant, so the duo used that information to do a slow jam to win her affections and at the end she chose Jordan.
We are very excited for the year ahead and what it will bring. After a short hiatus in 2016, we are kick-starting the year by offering improvisation workshops to Central Coast high schools (see our Events page) and later in the year our Artistic Director will be travelling to the US for further training and adventure. Stay tuned !
As you now know I recently said yes to a marriage proposal and now my future will be full of adventure, wonder and new challenges. Saying yes moves you forward and opens up the world of possibilities. This is just as true in improv as it is in life. This next clip is all about why its important to say yes.
On January 16th our Artistic Director, Rouba Elhage got engaged to Marc Palmer, the man of her dreams! To view the very romantic, tear jerking proposal click on the link below.
I am writing this post from Palm Springs, California after spending 2 weeks in Calgary, Canada attending a 10 day workshop with the creator of Theatresports@, Keith Johnstone. At 82 years young, Keith is a wealth of knowledge on the art of improvisation and I learnt so much listening to his life's teaching and pedagogy and putting it into practice through a variety of excellent games and exercises. His main philosophy of 'don't be original, be obvious', reinforced the notion of giving the audience what they expect instead of trying to be clever or imaginative. I'm looking forward to sharing all what I've gleaned with Theatresports® Central Coast on my return.
At our last show on May 30th, the canteen raised $330 for the relief work in Nepal through the sales of home-made date cakes and baklava. Lovingly made by Raiminda Elhage who generously gave of her time and talent so that all the proceeds from the sales could be sent of to help this cause. The night itself was another huge success as the guys and girls entered graciously into a Battle of the Sexes and the girls decided to let the guys win by just one point (to preserve their egos).
The team at Theatresports Central Coast is in full swing preparing for our next show coming up on Saturday 30th May at the Hub, Erina Fair. 7.30pm. $10 at the door.
At our last show on Saturday 28th March, Matt Driver and Scott Russell (pictured) improvised a fabulous scene based on the audience suggestions: 'Daredevil' and 'Retirement Home'. It received a score of 555 from the judges.
Click the link below to watch the full scene.
Our weekly jam sessions are now being held on Monday nights from 7.30pm - 9.30pm upstairs in the hall of Wyong Christian Community School. If you've had significant Theatresports® or impro training you are more than welcome to join us as we continue to grow and extend ourselves. This week we'll be looking at the conventions, language and techniques used in the Shakespeare related Theatresports® games.
'The whole world's a stage!'
See you there :)
Introducing the graduates from Theatresports® Central Coast's Level 1 Course for adults: Lokie Cooper and Matthew Lusted (not pictured), Rebecca Roth, Danielle Brame Whiting, Bronwyn Lusted, Jessica Pascuzo, Darren Ulbricht, Dianne Jarvis and Peita Mazaroli (pictured). What an incredibly fun time we had together exploring the joys of impro and unpacking some of the well known Theatresports® games. The standard was so high I ended up teaching much more than I had programmed. Special thanks goes to Grace George who assisted along the way. She is an amazing impro coach in the making.
Here's what a couple of the participants had to say about the course:
“After taking the eight week Theatresports® Level 1 Course, I would definitely recommend these classes to anyone wanting to start, develop and improve their drama skills. The weekly two-hour workshops lead by the energetic and knowledgeable Rouba Elhage, takes you step-by-step through performative exercises, building your knowledge, confidence and ability in acting and improvisation. Thank you for helping me to free my imagination and allow me to find enjoyment in play!” – Rebecca Roth – High School Drama Teacher
"I first experienced Theatresports® way back in the 80's at high school (that's showing my age!) and I absolutely loved it. Now, 25 years on, I can relive my childhood every week learning Theatresports with Rouba. Rouba creates such a safe and fun environment that I find myself doing things that seem totally outrageous and thrilling. With a wonderful repertoire of warm-ups, games and tasters we are well prepared for the real games. Each week something new is learnt, our inhibitions are gone, we laugh and laugh and our minds and creative souls get a great work out. I highly recommend anyone to give Theatresports® on the Central Coast a go. You won't regret it. You may even leave each lesson feeling a little lighter a little younger and a lot happier!" - Bronwyn Lusted
So excited for tonight jam session where we are honoured to have the amazing Anne Wilson train us up in the often daunting but incredibly thrilling musical games! Some of these new games will be making an appearance at out next show on Saturday 30th May. Save the date and we'll see you there, vocal chords all warmed up and ready to rock!
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday night to support Theatresports® at the Hub. It was another fun-filled laugh fest and it was so exciting to perform our first ever 10 minute long-form scene in front of an audience. Congratulations to Matt Driver and Scott Russell for coming equal first and for their full scoring scene 'Daredevil at the Retirement Home.' It was so good it made me want to bungee jump while eating 'extreme soup'! All the players did a remarkable job on the night and are continuing their training at the Wednesday night Jam sessions. This week we are so honoured to have the amazing Anne Wilson take our team through a musical workshop so we can perfect some of the musical games including 'Song', 'Sing About It', 'Inner Song', 'Opera' and 'Broadway Musical'. Hopefully these games will make an appearance at our next show which is on Saturday 30th May at the Hub, Erina Fair. Hope to see you there :)
On Saturday 28th February we held another Theatresports® event at the Hub, Erina Fair. It was a wonderful night as two teams, 'The Purple People Eaters' and 'Three Peas in a Pod' played 6 rounds, improvising beautifully after receiving suggestions from the audience. 'Three Peas in a Pod' ended up winning by only one point. I'm sure it was their final game that gave them the edge and was also awarded 'moment of the match' for Grace George's endowment of the egg as her placenta.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Hub at Erina Fair on Saturday night to support the official launch of Theatresports Central Coast. We raised $1500 for Destiny Rescue, an organisation that is saving children from sex slavery. The night was sold out and the audience were doubled over with side splitting laughter from start to finish.
'Imagination is as effortless as perception.' Keith Johnstone, Impro
'The improviser has to be like a man walking backwards. He sees where he has been but pays no attention to the future. His story can take him anywhere, but he must still 'balance' it, and give it shape, by remembering incidents that have been shelved and reincorporating them. Very often an audience will applaud when earlier material is brought back into the story. They couldn't tell you why they applaud but the reincorporation does give them pleasure.' Keith Johnstone, Impro
'It's possible to turn unimaginative people into imaginative people at a moment's notice.' Keith Johnstone, Impro
'An artist who is inspired is being obvious. He's not making any decisions, he's not weighing one idea against another. He's accepting his first thoughts.' Keith Johnstone, Impro