hey im doing a improv show but im doing it alone so could you give me a few games that can be played with one person id really appreciate it thanks
Hi Cameron, thanks for your question. I don’t have much personal experience with performing solo improv. But I’ve run across a few things that might help.
Solo improv training
There a good discussion on Yesand.com on How to practice or exercise alone?
There are also some exercises at the back of Mick Napiers’ book Improvise
Solo improv performing (long form)
The most famous name in solo improv is probably Andy Eninger (inventor of the Sybil format), so I recommend having a look at his website.
This is also a great article about some of Andy’s teaching.
There are some great solo improv shows around. Last year I saw Greg Ellis created a one man Sherlock Holmes mystery in ‘Holmes Alone’. And I know I know Dan Allan does a show inspired by Powerpoint Karaoke (to give a couple of NZ examples).
Solo improv performing (Short Form)
There are a few short form games that can be played solo; poems, songs, story telling games, monologue scenes (video diary, dating video, that kind of thing), or multi-character scenes where you play all the characters. (Here‘s what the improv encyclopedia has to offer.)
The other way to go about things is audience interaction, get members of the audience up and play games and scenes with them. Audience members can produce wonderful things if treated with kindness and respect, but it takes a skilled performer to do it.
So there it is Cameron. I hope it helps a bit. If you’ve got any questions drop them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them.