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The Business of Improvisation

Very often in business, we have to respond with composure and clarity to situations that are conducive to neither of these things! We in the theatre know a fair bit about this.

Overview:

 

Through a range of fun and practical improvisation exercises, participants will learn new skills that develop effective communication and sprint-style planning for short notice meetings.

Drawing on the teachings of clowning, devising and improvising, RABBLE’s Business of Improvisation session is designed to encourage positivity and maintain clarity of focus in tricky situations, all with little preparation time.

Through a range of individual and group tasks, in a relaxed and encouraging environment, we’ll also be addressing physical language, vocal techniques and some of the common pitfalls that can catch us out in a sticky situation.

Participants will immerse themselves in the tasks, acting on feedback to refine skills that build confidence and awareness, leaving with new techniques and a big smile.

 

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    “The team had a great day. By the end of the day I had a number of ideas on how I should change my pitch/presentation style and the session has made me reflect on how I deal with criticism and rejection.”

    Sanjay, Adobe

    Meet The Team

    Julia Montague

    With an eclectic background, from British Airways to a successful acting career and voice coaching, Julia went on to complete her NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) journey from Practitioner level through to becoming an NLP Master Coach. She now coaches individuals and teams, combining this knowledge with other coaching models and her own authentic approach.

    Over the last fifteen years, Julia has been using these skills, working with businesses from start-ups through to SMEs and Corporate Organisations, more recently working with senior leadership teams at Barclays Bank, Blue Cross Charity and Cisco. She has worked across a wide variety of sectors including Pharmaceutical, Retail, Finance, Telecom, Manufacturing and within the NHS and Civil Service.

    Julia has a persistent energy wrapped up with humility and humour that sees her clients ‘safely shake their worlds’ in a space that is fully supported. Stepping out of the comfort zone, using energy, focus and an ability to ‘play’ and be ‘in the moment’ really sees Julia’s approach to coaching and training come to life.

    Julia’s real passion lies in her ability to identify how leaders can be even more effective when it comes to delivering their messages with gravitas and impact. Through finding their voice and empowering them to communicate with confidence and presence, Julia’s clients are therefore able to be their most authentic version of themselves. She is always looking to create a truly memorable and alternative approach in her coaching.

    Julia works as a trainer, facilitator and coach, as well as a role-play actor. Other recent clients include Red Cross, Astra Zeneca, Merck, Browns Clothing, Leading Sportswear Brand, UK Sport, Nandos, Warwick Business School, Wilson James and Recruit for Spouses.

    Mark Middleton

    Mark graduated as a Stage Combat Instructor in 2012 with the Academy of Performance Combat, one of three organisations professionally recognised by Equity. Since then he has Choreographed and Fight Directed a number of shows including Princess Mononoke for Whole Hog Theatre Company and Romeo & Juliet, Henry I for RBL along with Dani Davies.
    Mark teaches regularly for West End Workshops, and has taught exam courses at Northampton University and Oxford School of Drama. He also teaches on the Freelance Workshops Residential Summer Course and workshop days and courses for numerous Professional and Amateur Schools and Societies.

    Toby Davies

    Toby Davies is RABBLE’s Artistic Director and has appeared as Thomas Becket in Henry II, Henry I in Henry I of England, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Andy in Off the Block 2015.

    He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (Acting) & St Andrews University (English lit.)

    Toby’s other theatre credits include Raife Clutch in The Great British Bump Off, Hexagon; Macduff in Macbeth China Plat/Warwick Theatre tour; Giles Ralston in The Mousetrap West End; Alphabetical Order Bath Theatre Royal tour; Balmoral Hampstead Theatre tour, Stepan in The Department of Smelling Pistakes Publick Transport/Tobacco Factory tour; The Guard in Frozen Fresh Glory tour; The Draper in Moll Flanders Southwark Playhouse.

    Toby’s Film and TV credits include The Firm Nick Love; The Bent Penny Darrel J. Butlin; Return as Faulty Leftheris Eleftheriou; King to Castle Rahdy Elwan; Lab Rats Sam Washington. Le Creuset & Sky TV commercials.