The RH Experience have announced they will launching their own improvised comedy workshops in 2016. TenEighty caught up with the group to find out more.
We’re very excited to announce that we're launching our very own workshops in 2016, including a final performance at #RHandFriends!!! 🙈🚀📣
— The RH Experience (@therhexperience) January 17, 2016
“We’ve been improvising for a quite a while now,” says Conor. “Like a maverick cop from the 1970s, we’ve been around the improv block so to speak, so we thought it would be fun to pass on some of the stuff we’ve learnt and discovered along the way. Perhaps fight a bit of crime, too.”
The workshops will predominantly be led by all four collaborators, though some sessions will be led by individual group members, giving them a chance to teach about the areas they’re passionate about. For example, Tom will teach a session on character and Dan will run one on music.
The workshops will involve eight weeks going through the basics of improv, and will culminate with a final performance at one of the group’s lives shows, RH and Friends.
“The first time you step on stage is obviously always going to be a little daunting,” admits Conor. “It can still be daunting occasionally for us now!”
However, Conor is quick to point out that the audience at their live shows is very friendly and supportive, and that The RH Experience themselves would be there for support.
“Although, come to think of it, if we gave you some orange hoodies, we could take the night off and catch up on True Detective, couldn’t we… Hmm…”
Want to come and learn improv with us? Now you can!! 🚀
— Luke Spillane (@lukespillane) January 17, 2016
Conor believes there are a lot of personal benefits to performing improv such as building confidence and meeting new people.”Improv is also a very positive form of comedy,” he says.
“[It’s] all about building the funny as a team and saying ‘yes’ to things. So if you can also take some of that improv mentality into the big, scary real world, then it’s going to be very beneficial.”
As well as these benefits, the workshops will be a chance to have some fun: “There’s going to be a lot of focus on just relaxing, having a laugh as pals and letting the funny follow.”
Those interested in learning more about the workshops and receiving regular updates can do so by joining the RH Experience mailing list, and those wishing to hear more from the group can do so by tuning into their weekly radio show on Roundhouse Radio, which airs every Sunday at 16.oo GMT.
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