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.”