Your life is a series of choices. For every path you choose, countless others remain untaken. Without realising it yourself, your most banal choice can end up changing your life forever. You’ll never know how your life could have been different. Never? Unless you end up in the midnight library where all the lives you didn’t lead are carefully kept by the librarian. There, you will have a chance to discover what was behind the other door.
This improvised play is inspired by the book by Matt Haig. Each show, we see a new protagonist trying out their shot at a new life. Will the clock keep ticking after midnight?
Midnight Library is a show format for the theatrical improviser that loves to ask the question: “what if?” Rehearsing this show format will sharpen two key skills: paying close attention to what you are receiving from your partners, and building lasting relationships between the characters. By playing from a place of calm and creating variations of our protagonist’s life, we can make the audience experience a wholesome show with drama and authenticity that warms their heart while making them smile and chuckle.
Saturday January 20 — 10:00 to 16:00 (1h lunch break)
€120 for the one-day workshop
All our classes are accessible.
Location: Sportzaal – Huis van de Wijk de Meeuw (Motorwal 300, Amsterdam)
Showcase: Saturday Jan 20 at 19:30, at Treehouse.
You will also have a free ticket to the professional show that follows.
Ben Verhoeven is an improviser and science communicator from Antwerp, Belgium. He has a PhD in Computational Linguistics and has let improvisation take over his life ever since.
With his company ERLNMYR, he performs theatre about science and trains researchers in public speaking. He is active in several improv groups performing locally and internationally, such as Prism, Improbotics, Werewolves, Commotie, ImproBubble, and Swaajp. He won the first two editions of the Kemphanen competition for best longform improvisation show in Flanders (with Commotie in 2017, Prism in 2019). He gained his teaching experience in the Swaajp School of Improv that he founded and later on in the Conservatory of Mechelen.
As a passionate organizer he is also a founding member of The SIN — an international network of ambitious improv players and organizers in Europe.