Little IF 2017

THE LITTLE IF

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The Little IF

The Little IF, The Little Barcelona Improv Festival,  is the 5th annual improv festival organized by Barcelona Improv Group, offering 8 shows over two nights, November 3rd and 4th. This year, the festival celebrates local talent with a collaboration of Barcelona teams performing improv comedy and theatre in Catalan, Spanish, and English. Local troupes Impro Acatomba, The Modestos, and Barcelona Improv Group will perform, as well as the critically acclaimed show “Ten Thousand Million Love Stories” from England along with 4 mixed teams of local improvisers. Come enjoy the best of Barcelona’s theatrical talent in one weekend!

If you are interested in learning how to improvise, workshops will be on offer by renowned improvisers Heather Urquhart (The Maydays, Showstoppers, Edinburgh Fringe) and Jules Munns (Director of London’s Nursery Theatre, The Maydays). 

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Tickets

Tickets are 10 euros each night, cash only, available on the door.
The Bar opens at 8pm,  shows begin at 8:30pm. Each night there will be two performances, an intermission, followed by two more performances.   Location: Fundació Cultural Hostafrancs, c/ Torre dEn Damians, 6

Guarantee your seats for both nights of shows by Registering as a Festival Participant for 20€.

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Preview Night

Thursday, November 2nd, 8:00 – 11:00pm

Location: Bar del Retro, C/Torrent de L’Olla, 141

Join us for a meet and greet, improv jam, and preview performance hosted by BIG and Watch This Space.

Shows

4 Amazing Shows of Improvised Comedy & Theatre Each Night!

Friday, November 3rd, 8:30 – 11:30pm

8:35 – 9:05pm     Mixer Team A

Each mixer team’s 12 members meets for the first time at the festival, creates their unique show, and performs one time only. Over the years, our mixer teams have been some of the funniest, most spontaneous, and ourageous parts of the festival.

 

9:10 – 9:35pm    Mixer Team B

Each mixer team’s 12 members meets for the first time at the festival, creates their unique show, and performs one time only. Over the years, our mixer teams have been some of the funniest, most spontaneous, and ourageous parts of the festival.

 

10:15 – 10:45pm     Impro Acatomba
ACATOMBA is a strong word, a lifestyle, a theatrical family, a way of doing things freely, a wish to experiment, learn and discover. Impro Acatomba, a Catalan group based in Barcelona, has been performing since 2001. We like to improvise and let our imagination fly freely.

 

 

10:50 – 11:30pm     Barcelona Improv Group (BIG)
BIG presents a monthly, sell-out, comedy show at the Tinta Roja theatre. Performing English improv comedy and theatre shows since 2011, BIG has become renowned internationally for their sharp wit, wild adventures, and intimate theatricality.

 

Saturday, November 4th, 8:30 – 11:30pm

8:35 – 9:05pm     Mixer Team C

Each mixer team’s 12 members meets for the first time at the festival, creates their unique show, and performs one time only. Over the years, our mixer teams have been some of the funniest, most spontaneous, and ourageous parts of the festival.

 

9:10 – 9:35pm.    Mixer Team D

Each mixer team’s 12 members meets for the first time at the festival, creates their unique show, and performs one time only. Over the years, our mixer teams have been some of the funniest, most spontaneous, and ourageous parts of the festival.

 

 10:15 – 10:45pm     The Modestos

The Modestos is a Barcelona based international improv group, formed in Lecoq style of physical theatre in Barcelona. They have travelled in Spain and South America acting and learning from many teachers. They have performed regularly in Barcelona for 4 years and give courses in their style of improv.

 

10:50 – 11:30pm     Ten Thousand Million Love Stories
A two-person, multi-character improvised show with UK improvisers Heather Urquhart and Jules Munns. 10,000 Million Love Stories is a show about love, what it means, and how we succeed and fail in it.

 

 

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Festival Registration

Festival Registration is 20€ and guarantees you free entry to both nights of shows, 5€ off all workshops, and entry into the Mixer Team lottery for a chance to perform on a long form Mixer Team.

 

Workshops

Workshop Teachers

Heather Urquhart is a performer and director with the award winning Maydays (Brighton, England), is a part of Showstoppers who perform improvised musicals in London’s West End, and partners with Jules Munns for 10,000 Million Love Stories. She travels the world performing and teaching improv and has co-written the book Sing It! with Joe Samuel (Maydays musician and cast member) about musical improv.

 

 

Jules Munns is the Artistic Director of The Nursery Theatre (London, England) and the founder of Slapdash Festival, London’s longest running festival of improvisation. He is also one of the UK’s most prolific improv teachers and actors. Jules performs with improvised shows including The Maydays’ Happily Never After, Sitting in a Tin Can, Impromptu Shakespeare (which he also directed) and programmes the Nursery Presents.

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Workshops On Offer

Attending workshops? Be sure to FIRST Register as a Festival Participant to receive 5€ Off each workshop and to guarantee Free Entry into both nights of shows!

Please arrive 15 minutes early to all workshops!

Friday, November 3rd

Dr Heather’s Improv Clinic, taught by Heather Urquhart 
Level: Advanced, 3:00 – 6:00pm
This workshop is tailored to YOU and will offer direct individual feedback in a safe and supportive environment. Everyone attending will have time specifically devoted to them and when the focus is on your course mates you’ll be working on being support. Expect side-coaching, notes and tools to takeaway so you know exactly how to take your improv to the next level. Click here to signup! Please arrive 15 minutes early!
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The Group Yes, taught by Jules Munns
Level: General, 2:45- 5:45pm
In this workshop we will focus on ensemble work and how ‘yes and’ works on a larger scale. With the emphasis on the collaborative nature of improvisation, together we can create something that is greater than the sum of its parts using: Group physicality, Sound and motion, and Freeform techniques.  We’ll look at longform as an organic group process and see how scenes can arrive rather than being pre-thought. We’ll also look at scenes that develop from placement on the stage and emotional relationship instead of starting with ‘who, what, where’.  Click here to signup!  Please arrive 15 minutes early!

 

Saturday, November 4th

Keeping it Real, Heather Urquhart
Level: General, a 6 hour class: 10:30am-1:30pm And 3:00-6:00pm
Come and find the fun and the ease of improvising in scenes that are so close to yourself, even you may not know if you are improvising or not. Skills learned will include: Connecting deeply with your partner; Finding the joy, delight, and fun within realistic, grounded situations: and playing close to yourself and using your own opinions and responses in scenes. Click here to signup!  Please arrive 15 minutes early!
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Face Your Fears, taught by Jules Munns
Level: General, 10:30am-1:30pm
As improvisers, we all have different strengths. Some of us produce as many great characters as Gary Oldman, some are as fast as Robin Williams, some play emotion like Lawrence Olivier. These differences are what make us special and unique, the reason why people come back to watch us play time after time. But they can also be a trap.  We are all great at hiding the things we hate and favouring the things we are good at, but what happens when we bring our faults into the light, examine them and try to do something about them?   Click here to signup!  Please arrive 15 minutes early!
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Character Toolbox, taught by Jules Munns
Level: General, 3:00-6:00pm
Improvisers approach characters in very different ways. Physically, emotionally, intellectually, through genre, animals or sound. In this fast, practical, workshop, you will be introduced to a variety of methods for character creation and have opportunities to try them out. Lot of opportunities to try them out. You will examine those which are most comfortable to you, and those which make you sweat a little, leaving with a toolbox of character creation techniques for all different types of shows.  Click here to signup!  Please arrive 15 minutes early!

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Locations

Theater:  Fundacio Cultural Hostafrancs, c/ Torre dEn Damians, 6

Workshops: Centre Civic Cotxeres Borrell, Carrer de Viladomat, 2-8, 08015 Barcelona

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FAQ’s

Can I buy tickets in advance?
We’re not able to offer advanced ticketing for each night, but you can Register as a Festival Participant for 20€ which guarantees you free entry to both nights of shows and 5€ off any workshops you sign up for.

Is the show appropriate for children?
Because the content will be improvised, we cannot guarantee what language will be used and advise parents to make the choice of what is most appropriate for their children. We ask that all children (and adults) give their full attention to what’s on stage without electronic distractions. There is no reduced price for children.

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