About the workshop
“Strangers” is a unique, unscripted comedy-drama devised by veteran improviser Jonathan Briden, exploring the moment when two strangers meet. It may be a fleeting moment of connection, the start of a whirlwind romance, or the beginning of a deadly rivalry.
This workshop looks at discovering the different versions of you that you can bring to the stage to fully embody a character that is genuine and grounded. This approach helps you discover characters that you can easily maintain across the duration of a full-length improvised play, without constraining you to a shallow stereotype or caricature. You will learn a variety of techniques to help you quickly establish true-to-life characters and to embody the character in such a way that they do most of the work for you, responding naturally to offers, and allowing you to remain fully in the moment and engaged. These techniques form the basis for the popular long-form improvised play, “Strangers”. The work is beneficial to all levels of improvising actors.
About Jonathan Briden
Jonathan Briden has been improvising for over 30 years, and teaching and directing shows for almost as long. His current work focuses around the theatricality of improvisation, and includes a diverse range of experience from long-form and short-form, comedy and drama, musical, mask, and puppetry. He has taught and performed in cities across New Zealand, Australia, North America, South America and Europe. He is passionate about the art and pushing it to its limits.