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Improvisation theatre or the Improv theatre in Bangalore

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Improvisation theatre or the Improv theatre is taking centerstage as it helps a whole new generation get on stage.

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Playback by First Drop Theatre started by Dr. Radhika Jain and Bejoy Balagopal has been into improv/Playback Theatre performance space for nearly a decade. They conduct a 30-hours/4-day training in the basic skills, values and rituals of Playback Theatre. This covers the basic skills of Improv and Interactive theatre and dives deeper into the various forms within Playback Theatre. Participants get to explore the different roles within a Playback ensemble; that of a Conductor, Musician and Actor. The workshop is designed for those who have no prior exposure to Playback Theatre or any form of theatre, as well as to people who are relatively new to this format. The curriculum is as per what is outlined by the Centre for Playback Theatre, USA.

Next workshop: March 21, 22, 28 & 29 (4-day workshop), 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Where:  FLUX, Indira Nagar. Wallet: Rs. 7000. Call: 9886185008, 8884733511. Email: Website:

Show Time

Lahe Lahe been the host of Playback theatre by the Actors Collective since its launch and it has been a regular monthly feature on the last Sunday of the month (or Saturday if that happens to be the last day of the month). Playback Theatre conducts workshops twice a year typically in April and August at Lahe Lahe and participants can attend rehearsals which happen 2-3 times a month.

Next workshop: 9 am to 6 pm on one of the weekends in April and August. Wallet: Rs. 4600 per person (plus GST). Call: 9845075825. Facebook and Instagram: The Actors Collective

Comic Timing

Improv Comedy Bangalore (ICB) spear headed by Nasir Engineer has over the past couple of years in Improv, has been working steadfastly towards making the Improv community larger on a much external level. On an internal level, ICB has been bringing improv to people as a tool to change their perspective on life through the principals of Improvisation. Nasir brings about these correlations between Improv and life in my workshops. Improv classes happen on any theme and there are basics to advanced courses that are 3 hours to 50 hours long.

Next workshop: 20-hour Improv program that will focus on using the tools of Improv to become a self-aware actor. Wallet: Rs. 10000 per person. Timings are 4pm to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday at FLUX, Indiranagar starting 7th March. Website: Email: Phone: 9986763466

Curtain Call

Yours Truly Theatre is a professional theatre group based out of Bangalore and has been at the forefront of innovation in theatre with many landmark productions and well received work across various sectors. They use more than ten formats of interactive and improvisational theatre and provide engaging audience experiences. The team firmly believes in the application of theatre as a tool for change across various sectors including corporates, education, social sector and the general public. Basic Theatre Workshops conducted on a regular basis at our studio space in Indiranagar are designed to help participants overcome stage fright, inhibitions, push physical, mental and creative boundaries. Weekday and weekend batches of Basic theatre workshop ate conducted.

Wallet: Rs 4850 per person. Website: Where: No 1, 17th F cross, CMH road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560075 Phone: 086181 13604

This story first appeared in Bangalore Mirror dated March 3rd 2020 here:

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