GCSE / National 5 Drama: Improvisation techniques

Alice Levine continues her journey to become an actress by visiting London's Comedy Store to learn improvisation techniques that are at the heart of any actor's training.

Actor / comedian, Isy Suttie (Dobby from Peep Show) gives Alice a lesson in improvisation techniques - and then puts Alice to the test with a live audience!

Will Alice be able to pull it off?

Teacher Notes

Students could try to improvise an off text scene for a character that they are playing.

They should consider what this scene tells them about their character and how this additional information will influence their performance.

Students could create a list of settings in which to improvise a scene in order to support the development of their character.

They could take part in hot seating exercises, asking their peers to feedback about their performance.

Filming the hot-seating exercise could be a beneficial way of evaluating their own performance and the performance of others.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be useful for teaching Drama, particularly performance skills at Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and National 4/5 in Scotland. It could also be useful for people of any age preparing for an acting role.

More from Alice's Journey to Wonderland:

Developing a character (pt 1/8)
Using your voice (pt 2/8)
Set and costume (pt 3/8)
Working with multimedia (pt 5/8)
Working with a Director (pt 6/8)
Preparing for a role (pt 7/8)
The big performance (pt 8/8)