At the very first drop in session of the Magic Mad Hat we had a participant, Jason, who is paralyzed from head to toe and only can communicate ‘Yes’ & ‘No’ by means of producing a different sound.
Jason attended with the help of a carer and throughout the entire session Sophie brilliantly found ways to integrate Jason into the games by working around his disability.
Sophie came up with genius fun games while only using ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
This experience was certainly new and challenging to a certain extent but also very rewarding as we were told, that Jason absolutely enjoyed the session and would love to come back.
In the meantime, Gudrun has been teaching Improv to elderly people and people with Dementia.
When we get older, our body becomes ‘slower’ and sometimes our brain too.
But does this mean we cannot have as much fun and joy as we had during our youth?
Improv offers such a wide spectrum of different games, ways and approaches so that it can benefit so many of us.
Because you don’t have to over think your every move, nor over analyze any outcome, it takes away the fear of ‘failing’ and eases the pressure of the ‘perfect’ performance.
I do believe it encourages you to just let go, and with this amazing results can be achieved.
‘What impresses me is how you engage with the people who have dementia – they light up! It’s great to see the change in them.’ (Richard Norman, Holborn Community Association).
Throughout the recent years I not only have observed major positive changes within myself through practicing Improv, but I also have seen people literally lightening up after a session of Improv.
The amazing beauty of Improv is, that it can benefit and can be used in so many different ways.
Improv is an amazingly great, fun way to perform on stage, as well it can bring unusual joy and fun through playing silly games, great brilliant spontaneous scenes or just make funny sounds & movements.
Either way it lightens up your day
It is accessible for most of us, and doesn’t judge our ‘disabilities’.