Intensive: The Theory of Establishing Truth

The next course runs Sat 5th & Sun 6th November, 10:30am to 5:30pm both days!

Do you have patience for the truth?

Improv is a process, not a product. Comedy and drama are a by-product of the process, however as performers we often focus or even obsess over the by-product. By learning to understand the process, we are practicing the skill of discovering things that are unspoken.

On this course we shall explore improv at a deep level and focus on establishing truth. We will explore other elements of improv such as body language, movement and being in control of your own emotional state while allowing it to exist. Its time to slow things down.

This course is facilitated by Neil Curran and Shane Robinson, who with 30 years of improv and acting experience, will bring a unique experience for participants.


Learning Outcomes

  • Being in control of our emotional playground
  • The skill of noticing everything in a scene, every offer no matter how subtle
  • Making our emotions real – no more stock character or stock emotional responses
  • Removing the pressures of comedy or drama, and stop pandering to the expectations we think the audience has
  • Creating more meaningful relationships and characters that audiences and performers can invest in.


Next Course Details

Weekend Intensive:  Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th November. 10:30am to 5:30pm both days.


Participants Requirements

Open to improvisers and actors with some experience (completion of improv level 2 or equivalent or has improv/acting/stage experience.

Class size is capped to maximise focus on each participant

Course Cost is €220


Venue:  Teacher's Club Theatre, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 (map below)


Faciliator Bios

Shane and Neil met at the inception of No Drama Theatre and went on to perform in what was Dublin's first local Long Form/harold improv group (which would later become Kill The Monster). Shane and Neil also acted and directed alongside each other in a number of stage plays.

About Shane


Shane is a professional actor with over a decade of improv experience. He's a graduate from the full time programme at Bow St Academy and the Gaiety School of Acting. He's been in TV shows such as Vikings and Jack Taylor and recently finished up the feature film Pulcinella acting alongside Jamie Winstone and Julian Glover. His career started out with a passion for improv and has performed with such groups as Kill the Monster, Bill & Bob, MOB Theatre and is one of the original founders of The Tightrope.





About Neil


Neil has been teaching and performing improv both in Ireland and internationally for many years and his signature show, Neil+1, has been performed in festivals and theatres around the world.  He is assistant camp director of Improv Utopia Ireland, Neil is the founder and a director of Improv Fest Ireland and one of the team behind Dublin's Tightrope Improv nights.  He also founded the "Love! Improv Irish Community" group and is a co-founder of No Drama Theatre.  Neil has guested in numerous shows including Orange Tuxedo, improvised musical When X Meets Y, Upstairs Downton, Comedysportz San Jose and Second City Toronto's improv set for "Click, Bait & Switch".

For Neil's full bio, please click here.




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