Exploring Improv: Yoga & Improv with Cat Murphy

20th May – 10th June
Thursdays | 19:30 – 21:00

Cat Murphy presents a four-week Yoga and Improv course designed for those who want to bring calm and self-awareness to their improv, and playfulness and connection to their yoga.

Using 5+years of experience as a yoga teacher and improviser, Cat will guide you through games, meditations, techniques and scenes with the view of cultivating curiosity, developing an awareness of our body and, using the breath onstage and practicing being in the present.

Cat believes that the body is a crucial instrument rather than a device to carry the brain from scene to scene. By tuning our awareness onto our bodies, we are training to listen to our instincts, practice following our impulses and integrate the body into our improvisation.

Cat’s experience in both yoga and theatre inspired her dissertation on the topic, and she has researched her own work into the similarities between yoga and clowning. She found that the effects of yoga can help actors sharpen their focus within rehearsal processes and remain grounded onstage. 

As Katie Goodman, comedian and yoga teacher said in comparing yoga and improv: “In meditation you let thoughts come and go and come back to your breath. In improv, you come back to the scene.”

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Cat Murphy performs with BIT Associate Companies Tales of Adventure & The Bish Bosh Bash! She began directing with Novato Theatre Company, making her debut with her show “Second Sun”, and is now the director of ‘The Bish Bosh Story Bash’ and The Unscripted Players show ‘The Stuff of Dreams’. She is a qualified yoga teacher and holds a degree in Drama with Psychology from Bath Spa University.

Class Details

We will be practising some yoga techniques, so bring a mat if you have one but there will be all equipment provided.

Places are capped at 8. Recommended for students who have at least 1 year’s experience of improv.

All times are advertised as GMT (UTC+0) Find your timezone at: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Want to know what we are doing to make your visit COVID-secure? Read our coronavirus page

The Bristol Improv Theatre is committed to making our classes as inclusive as possible. Please get in touch at theatreschool@improvtheatre.net to let us know about any accommodations we can make to give you the best possible experience during the class