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PlayShop brings Improvisation back to High Schools

PlayShop brings Improvisation back to High Schools

Free workshops open to all students years 9-13

Improvised theatre is theatre with no scripts, no planning, and no limits. Walk onstage with nothing but your wits and your teammates, and discover the magic of instantly creating entire characters, stories, and worlds. With this weekend’s workshop at BATS Theatre led by Jonathan Price, PlayShop invites high school students to open the floodgates to their imagination.

“During high school, accessible Improv workshops and shows were my gateway to performance and theatre, and I still come back to the things I learnt during those years as fundamentals for acting, and life!” says Jonathan, associate director and experienced player with PlayShop Performance Company. “We're extremely excited to be able to bring this opportunity to new students of improv in Wellington. The emphasis on acceptance, teamwork and joy is something we hope young performers can take into any pursuit, onstage or off.”

Regardless whether students have performed improv before or this is their first time, this is improv PlayShop-style with plenty to offer regardless of age or experience. Afree class open to anyone currently attending high school in the Wellington region, the aim of this workshop is to open students up to the world of improv covering the foundational principles of listening, 'Yes, and...', heightening offers, and teamwork

Through playing games, having fun, and making mistakes, we're looking to learn together and ensure participants leave with the initial skills and exercises to get you started on your journey to becoming a performer or troupe. Curious? Come along and see what improv has to offer you.

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PlayShop Performance Company is a Wellington-based performance company that aims to create spontaneous, thrilling theatre. We create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction through theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. We are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come.

Later this term, workshops on 11 October and 1 November in the year two follow up workshops will take place, developing skills further and presenting a performance for friends and family in a fun and safe environment. Registrations for the first workshop on27 September are available now. PlayShop gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative Communities through Wellington City Council for this project.

PlayGround - PlayShop’s series for High School Kids
Dates: Sunday 27 September, Sunday 11 October, Sunday 1 November
Venue: The Dome, BATS Theatre
Cost: Free to all students in Wellington
More Info: www.playshop.co.nz


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