Slapdash International Improv Festival brings some of the finest improvisers from all over the world to play and teach in Central London. Previous headliners have included DUMMY, Convoy, and Anthony Atamanuik. Over seven days of workshops and three nights of shows, we host hundreds of improvisers in the longest running festival of Improvised Theatre in London.

Applications for teachers and teams now open!

It’s free to apply!
If your team is selected there is a £20 per performer administration fee.


 We are excited to announce the Slapdash International Team, a team of invited improvisers brought together for the first time to train over five days with  well-known ensemble narrative and storytelling teacher and director, Jon Bolden of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. The Slapdash International Team will headline our Friday night show. Here are more details including how to audition. Applications and auditions (Don’t worry. Auditions will be easy and fun!) for the Slapdash International Team open 17 May.

We are also excited to be the first international event to host On The Spot Improv from Hawaii. On The Spot Improv been called one of the most innovative improv groups in the world for their unique approach to improvised theatre, and will be presenting Hush, an improvised silent movie.


For instructor, team and individual applications, Slapdash is partnering with the The Improv Network, a free online resource for improvisors by improvisors. You can submit to our festival on their site. If you’re a member already, great! If you are not still click to submit and you can join the The Improv Network for free. It’s easy to sign up and once you do it’s an easy click away to apply to festivals from all over the world.

Sponsors
Slapdash is part of a not for profit organisation. If you own or know of an organisation who would like to sponsor us get in touch: mail<at>slapdashfestival.com. Thank you!

 

 

 

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Shows & Headliners

We are gearing up for a great 2017 Slapdash and want you to join us! If your team would like to perform please apply through The Improv Network. If you are a teacher or individual performer we want to hear from you, too. We will be announcing our Saturday night headliner soon…

For the first time ever internationally, we are excited to present Thursday night headliner, On The Spot Improv from Hawaii presenting, Hush, an improvised silent movie. On The Spot Improv has been called one of the most innovative improv groups in the world for their unique approach to improvised theatre. Their signature style incorporates narrative storytelling, minimal dialog, and strong blocking to create cinematic images to tell complex stories. They have played throughout the US including Austin Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Phoenix Improv Festival, the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater and Chicago Improv Festival. We are excited to host them for Slapdash this year! 

“…slayed the audience with its silent-movie style improvisations…plying the physical comedy so well you’d think slapstick was a synonym for “sublime.” –  WAYNE ALAN BRENNER, Austin Chronical

Slapdash International Team

Experienced improviser? Want to be a part of a headline act for an international festival? Don’t have a team that can come? Want to work together to build an international ensemble? This is just for you! For the first time ever we present the Slapdash International Team. The first five days of the festival, invited improvisers from all over the world will train for three hours a day with award-winning director Jon Bolden of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. This team will focus on ensemble narrative to create an improvised one-act play to be presented as the headline act on Friday night.

It’s free to apply and audition. If selected, performers not needing London lodging will pay £150 for week intensive, and £270 if needing London lodging. The intensive will be during the day. Slapdash International Team performers also receive all performer perks including show uploaded to YouTube, tickets to all the shows, T-shirt, and more.

About the show from Jon :
“For five days, we will work intensely on world-creation, character endowment, and relationship building culminating in a simple one-act play format revolving around subtlety and real moments. There will be room for all experiences, laughter, pathos, drama, and philosophy. This is intended for more experienced players. I’m excited to work closely with a group of dedicated artists, comedians, actors to create a focused and energised evening of entertainment. Thanks for your application and good luck!

Applications open 17 May. Audition instructions below. Please apply through The Improv Network. Any questions please contact mail<at>slapdashfestival.com. 

Please answer the three questions below, and submit two videos of 60 – 90 second monologues (a phone recording will of course be accepted) based on the instructions below. Please keep in mind that character descriptions are only to get you started and inform your character.

  1. Why are you interested in this particular project?
  2. Can you give us a short description of your improv background including training and performance experience? (Productions, festivals)
  3. Will you need lodging in London? (This is for planning purposes only, and will have no influence if you are chosen or not.)

Monologue #1
Please choose from one of the character descriptions below and record an improvised monologue from the point of view of this person. Please feel no pressure to be vocally accurate to the age or accent that this character may potentially have. If you’re improvising a nine-year-old, focus less on the voice and more on the content.

Monologue #2
Please record an improvised monologue talking about one of the characters listed below. The focus of this one is not the original character you create as much as it is your thoughts, feelings, and relationship to the character you’re speaking about. For example, if you’re talking about James, tell us how you know him, how you feel about him, not so much about yourself or your history.

Characters:
James: Bored with nearly everything, only loves food and naps. Highly dependent upon his housemates
Sasha: Walking, talking Reddit thread. Respond to every possible comment with the latest conspiracy
Katherine: full-time social worker. Speaks very softly, but loves watching Mix Martial Arts (MMA) fights.
Kevin: speaks seven languages. Is not on social media, and still uses a flip phone.
Amanda: Cares only about cosplay. She has been to every Comic Con in Europe and dreams to one day go to Comic Con San Diego. Real estate agent.

 

Jon Bolden is an award-winning director, instructor, and improvisational actor at The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. He has taught throughout the US and internationally in Japan, Washington DC, Alaska, and at The Vancouver Theatresports Tournament. Jon specialises in ensemble narrative storytelling and is known for his award-winning Nothing & Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays and the Manhattan Stories: Improvised “Woody Allen Films.” He has also been the producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin.

More about the show from Jon :
For the past six years, I have experimented with improvising short plays or films without a strong focus  on a singular main storyline. I’ve always been drawn to more ensemble-oriented worlds such as the plays of Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, or the films of Woody Allen and Richard Linklater. These works typically focus on a simple world of characters are presented to you, as is, and witnessing a story as nothing more than these people living life. The results of this passion has been directing various productions in Austin, Texas centered around this concept. From these shows, I’ve tailored a library of exercises, techniques, and overarching principles that I believe create compelling improvisation and nuanced storytelling. 

My excitement for this experience is unique, as I often want to teach or take workshops that are more than a few hours long and are intended for experienced players. I’m excited to work closely with a group of dedicated artists, comedians, actors to create a focused and energised evening of entertainment.”

 

 

 

Workshops

Headliners On The Spot Improv and Jon Bolden will be teaching workshops along with Saturday night headliner, but we want more! If you have a workshop you would like to bring to Slapdash apply through The Improv Network.

Previous teachers have been Alex Berg of UCB LA, Le Carpe Haute from Paris, Pgraph of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, and Anthony Atamanuik of UCB. Previous workshops have been everything from object work to using lights in your show and everything in between.

Teacher perks include: discounted accommodations in London, tickets to each show, and T-shirt and swag. If you have something fun or unique we want to hear from you. Instructor applications close 15 June, 2017. 

About

 

Slapdash International Improv Festival is presented by  The Nursery,  a company focused on improvised theatre and training, in central London.

Look for our team at the festival and be sure to say hello!

 

Molly Merwin, Lead Producer

Molly is an actress, voice-over artist, writer, and cat herder. Originally from Atlanta, she moved to London from Denver. In Denver, Molly performed regularly with improv troupes Carnival Code and Transplants as well as served on the board of the Denver Improv Festival. She has extensive event management experience in the UK and US. Molly has studied improv with iO and Second City as well as various theatres and teachers throughout the US and UK. She teaches improv through The Nursery and St. Mungo’s Recovery College. You can see Molly regularly in Careless Vespa, PiggyBack, and With Special Guest.

Judith Amsenga, Producer

Judith is an actor who graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA, BA Hons) in 2008, after which she appeared in various off-west end, international and fringe productions. She also works as a voice-over artist and has a production company, Back’s Broke. In 2009, she founded The Nursery with Robin Steegman and Jules Munns, and is now responsible for its day-to-day running. Judith has extensive experience in the organisation and running of public and academic events, both in the UK and the Netherlands, where she worked for TV (NPO), museums (Amsterdam, Delft), magazines and the University of Utrecht. (Photo credit: Bernadette Baksa)

Jules Munns, Producer

Jules is one of the UK’s most active and prolific improvisation performers and teachers. Since graduating from the Guildhall School in 2008, he has performed with groups including Sitting in a Tin Can, the Maydays, Music Box and Impromptu Shakespeare, as well as playing in shows including the Playground, Men with Coconuts, London 50-hour Improvathon, and Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. Jules has performed around the world including in Finland, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the US. Jules is co-artistic director of the Nursery and the founder of Slapdash International Improv Festival.

Stephen Davidson, Volunteer Coordinator

Stephen is the artistic director of Improvable, and co-director of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He currently also directs QI: Queer Improv, and plays with The Verbs, house team of the Nursery theatre, in interdisciplinary ensemble Zootropic, and in twoprovs The Eh Team and The Happiest People in the World. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable, the Nursery, and Hoopla and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Impro. He has studied improv through i/o Chicago, The Nursery, UCB, Hoopla, The Maydays, Music Box, Showstoppers, and City Academy, Imprology. He is also a musician and conductor.

 

Audra Goffeney, Hospitality Coordinator

Audra started improvising in 2009 and hasn’t stopped since. She has trained with Vancouver TheatreSports League, Keith Johnstone and Gary Austen. Before making the leap across the pond to London, Audra was a cast member at Unexpected Productions in Seattle and co-creator of the cult favorite improv team Girls With Power Tools. Since moving to London,  Audra had performed with Classic Andy and the confusingly named With Special Guest. In addition to helping out with Slapdash, Audra directs and performs in the brand new-to-London improv and stand-up show, PiggyBack.

 

Julia Mitelman, Sponsorship Coordinator

Julia is an avid improv performer and enthusiast. A transplant from Brooklyn, she performs regularly with Story Kitchen Impro (London’s official Theatresports and Maestro team), and with experimental story-based team Troupeless. With a background in theatre, Julia also enjoys running tech and front of house for performance venues throughout London. By day, she is a strategy consultant with a background in psychology and computer science.

 

Juwel Haque, Hospitality Coordinator

Juwel is currently performing in Theatresports and Maestro with Story Kitchen, weird long-form with Somewhat Theatre, scenes inspired by sound and images with Night Version, and his solo games act Player One. A proud East Ender with a maths degree, Juwel didn’t think the arts were for him until he discovered the magic of improvisation and London’s improv community in 2013. He wants as many people as possible to find their courage and genius by doing the same. In civilian life, Juwel reads smart stuff, writes dumb stuff, plays with cameras, sings to himself, and longs to play football again.