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Play the scene you’re in

Practice being present in the moment so you can do what matters (and have more fun doing it).

Essential skills for confident and effective communication.

When you learn to be more confident and authentic in the here and now, it’s easier to engage with life and the wider challenges of our times.

We call this playing the scene you’re in. And that means engaging in the current moment by being present, trusting yourself, connecting with other people and speaking up with more courage.

These are skills that can ONLY be learned in the moment by connecting, playing, experimenting and exploring with other people.

That’s what being Here & Now is all about.

How to be here & now

Here’s the secret sauce: this workshop will help you intentionally improvise.

Yes, really.

Improvising is about having freedom within a structure, being responsive to what’s happening. It’s how you make things go right, and stop them going wrong – a.k.a essential skills for life. , and committing to making things work?

Learning the skills improvisers use on stage allows you to:

  • relate to others and respond to what’s actually happening
  • stay present and connected – even when you feel afraid or uncertain
  • find out what’s possible when you are half a shade braver
  • better align your intentions with your impact
  • stress less, smile more 🙂

What you will learn

Participants in this workshop will get to:

  • Experience more freedom and flow by focusing attention
  • Acquire tools for responding to situations with flexibility and calm
  • Use effective techniques for connecting insights & ideas
  • Learn to listen on multiple levels (self, other, all)
  • Spend less time planning, worrying and holding back
  • Smile more with a playful & mindful approach to life

You’ll get practical skills and tools you can use immediately, and we’ll explore core tenets of improvisation, such as: listening and being present, being willing to share control, trusting your impulses and making your partner look good.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for anyone who would like to improve their confidence and communication skills for more influence, ease and impact in the world.

This is our signature programme/workshop and it’s suitable for team leaders, managers, directors, senior executives and can be adapted for any audience.

Experiential learning

We use seriously playful and mindful activities that get people laughing and learning. Why? Because when people laugh and learn there’s a lighter feeling, movement, and new possibilities emerge.

We don’t use role play as we find it’s more effective (and less pressured) to step outside workplace scenarios to work on skills like listening, presence, authenticity and making active choices.

Open workshops

For open workshops with Here and Now People, see our what’s on page.

Where this fits

  • You want to show up in life and guide the way to a better world
  • You hold yourself back in some situations (but you don’t want to!)
  • You’d like to be calmer and more responsive in conversations
  • You want a life that’s more creative, brave and adventurous
  • You ‘go blank’ or find yourself wobbling under pressure

What you’ll learn

Be present in the moment
Stay calm and connected when it matters

Personal flexibility
Learn to respond to what’s happening now

Become a great listener
Listen as an ally, and on multiple levels

The POWER of acceptance
Create momentum by using what’s there

Sweet talk your self-talk
Ease past you inner editor

Tailored for your group

Our creative learning experiences are tailored to your needs so this can be delivered in a variety of formats. We offer stand alone session for teams and groups or we can integrate the content into wider learning programmes.

In person workshops are usually a half day or a full day and online sessions are flexible to suit you. There’s a lot to be gained from repeated practice and extending the learning into a series of sessions.

Let’s talk!

Improvisation is anything that happens in the moment without a fixed plan or script. In classes and shows with Here & Now this looks like games, scenes, stories and even whole plays made up on the spot.

There is a common view that improvisation is the last resort of the unprepared amateur. We see if differently.

We like Jill Bernard and Patrick Short’s definition of improvisation as ‘A highly refined system for observing, connecting and responding.’ To put it another way it’s all about opening up, noticing more and using what’s there. 

Just like fish are the last to see the water (apparently). So human’s are the last to see that sensing-and-responding in real time is their superpower. The skill we use from the moment of birth onwards. 

It’s an incredible ability to listen and respond in the moment, and it takes a mix of knowledge, skill, openness and flexibility. Simply put, life demands that we improvise well in the boardroom, in the bedroom in the back room building a business. To do otherwise is to stop engaging and get stuck.

As an artform or a-thing-to-do it’s an enjoyable way of making your own entertainment, which is what everyone did before TV. And it’s an impermanent or transient artform. It happens in the moment and it disappears just as it arrives (like life, eh). This is a big attraction for many as you don’t have to commit to words on a page or paint on canvas to express your creativity. You do it with other people, it’s always imperfect, and it’s a great show of humanity.

Going one step further it’s using what you’ve got, where you are. It’s enough to start a revolution. Which will of course be improvised.

Best of all improvisation attracts people who are kind, generous and playful.

Of course we’re biassed but we think it’s pretty special.

In our classes (usually 10-12 people) you’ll discover the principles and techniques of improvisational play with scenes, stories and characters. Guided by our teachers you’ll discover how to make scenes that are easy and delightful with quick agreement and playful co-operation. 

It’s not stand up – so you won’t be alone on stage and you won’t be telling jokes. And no, you don’t have to be funny – just come as you are, don’t try too hard, and we’ll take care of the rest!

You might be surprised to learn that there is more to improv than ‘Whose line is it anyway?’ style games where the fun comes quickly and impulsively. Alongside these games we will introduce a style of play that is unhurried, truthful, and where characters and stories emerge naturally and bring even greater delight.

Either way we guarantee that you will be entertained and laughing out loud in a happy state of flow. Seriously, Netflix has nothing on real human connection.

You don’t need any acting, improv or comedy experience at all to join our classes. We welcome complete beginners and anyone who is just a little bit curious.

Beware: spending time with open-minded and open-hearted improvisers is seriously addictive. Most people who do a beginners improv class with us go on to do more classes!

What you will learn

You will learn principles and techniques for improvising including:

• Listening and accepting ideas

• Being present in the moment

• Creating fun stories, scenes and characters

• Self-expression and emotional connection

• Working as a group and supporting each other

• Having confidence in your own ideas

• Mental flexibility and adaptability

• Delighting your scene partners

The classes are a great way to make new friends, build confidence, gain insights into instant creative collaboration. The simple joy of spontaneous freedom is perfect for finding new inspiration in life.

Our classes are open to absolutely anyone aged 18 and over and we only use accessible venues. 

Coming to your first class or workshop can be daunting, but if you fancy trying improv, you really should! You can contact us if you want to talk about it or ask questions.

Many of the best things in life come with ‘butterflies’, so if this appeals to you at some level, we say give it a go!

Low pressure and high in fun, our improvisation classes are great for anyone curious about improvisation, collaboration and self-expression.

Absolutely anyone can improvise and it is a lot of fun. No experience necessary.

If want to make new friends and laugh while getting in touch with your spontaneous creative side, then you’ll  enjoy this.

None of us goes through life with a script telling us what to do and we wouldn’t want one even if it was available.

We like to make our own decisions, take a few risks, connect with others, explore ideas and learn as we go. In other words, we improvise everyday.

So it’s good to play with this skillset and work on the craft of improvising so we can be more present in the moment, connect and create with others more easily, and learn to respond constructively in situations that feel beyond our control.

Learning to improvise gives you a chance to:

– have fun with like-minded, warm-hearted people

– do new things and play with more of your humanity

– share and express more of your feelings 

– learn more about yourself and others

– find renewed commitment to being active and creative

– decrease social anxiety with new skills and perspectives

– increase tolerance for uncertainty

There’s lots more too but that will do for now!

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