Today, members at Millman Street Centre underwent a comedy improvisation workshop, the latest in a series. Ivy, Mullagetta, Helena, Pam, Queenie, David and volunteer Steve were in attendance.
The workshop, hosted by Gudrun, began with Throwing the Word Ball. This entailed members sitting in a circle and being asked to “throw the word ball” – in effect, a sort of word association, with humourous overtones, where participants call out a particular word, and ‘throw’ it to someone else to do likewise. When put on the spot, it can be more difficult to respond immediately than you may suppose, but members gradually adapted. Smiles were raised as different words were pronounced, some with more frequency than others. “Moonshine”, “sunshine”, “sausages”, “wiggle”and “bananas” seemed to be particularly recurring words.
Further giggles were produced during another game, in which someone starts a sentence, then nominates someone else to add to it, and carry it on. Gradually, a story emerges. It evolved into a more conversational style of speech. Members enjoyed a good chuckle as the story mutated and progressed over the rounds.
Then it was Let’s, which involved members taking turns to begin a sentence with “Let’s all go [for example] to the beach…”, followed by cheering and clapping. The improvisation helps to sharpen the wits, as well as being good fun for the members, who all enjoy the workshops.
Millman Street Resources Centre would like to thank Gudrun for providing the Comedy Workshops. You can contact her at https://themagicmadhat.wordpress.com