Taboos, Misbehaviours and Challenging Themes – Andrew Hefler

Do you feel like improvised shows often rehash the same types of scenes over and over again? Do you ever leave them after either playing or as an audience member without the real ability to remember what it is you saw or why you saw it?

This is in the cards. It’s part of working unscripted. There is a strong argument to be made for very light entertainment. Still, the stage is a dangerous place. It should not lack consequence. It should be dangerous to the characters. This is theater’s unique, great power. The audience buys a ticket to see others struggle with things that they see and experience too. Theater has a great chance to reflect versions of realities and fantasies that the viewers know, understand and are tickled to see others suffer.

This course is about making risky choices. It is a course that wants to turn up the temperature on risk and relationships. It is a course that wants to embolden actors to bring pressing questions about people and our times to the stage.

There will be numerous exercises examining the skills on how to get piquant or pressing topics out in the open and examined. It will look at how to play informed characters that champion philosophies or feelings quite the opposite of your own. It will look to define technique that can put controversial or troubling content on stage while handling it sensitively and poignantly. There will be a strong mix of group and do exercises eventually leading to focused scene work or even simple formats for plays.

Very interactive workshop that will be sensitive to everyone’s views and understanding. It will be very technically driven with a lot of practical work and stage time. It will certainly include a lot of candid constructive feedback.

Friday Apr 22
19:00 to 22:00
€55 for the 3-hours workshop
All our classes are accessible.
Location: Lokaal 4 – Huis van de Wijk de Meeuw (Motorwal 300, Amsterdam)


You can see Andrew on stage on Sunday Apr 24 in The Brothers Lionheart!


We have 3 tickets left in each workshop that you can purchase as a last-minute bundle!

The ticket gives you access to:
– Thursday 21/04 (19:00-22:00): Billy’s class “Make them Care”
– Friday 22/04 (19:00-22:00): Andrew’s class “Taboos and Challenging Behaviors”
– Saturday 23/04 (10:00-16:00): Jonathan’s class “SceneWork, the Chicago Way”
– Sunday 24/04 (19:30): The two shows at NDSM Theater including “The Brothers Lionheart”

Only €165 for a value of €235!


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