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Spend one Saturday with two of Bristol’s most experienced American long-form teachers, getting to know the Harold.
Created by Del Close and Charna Halpern in the 1980s, the Harold is one of the oldest improv forms. It is the core form taught and performed at iO in Chicago, the UCB Theatre in New York, the Free Association in London and many other improv theatres around the world.
Flexible enough to hold either a tight sketch show or a slow burn one-act play, the Harold is ideal training for anyone looking to improve their scenework or hone their American-style longform skills.
This class teaches the training wheels structure and demonstrates the fundamental approach to scenework required to making an engaging 25-45min longform piece.
John Gallagher Portero and John McInnes have been improvising for a combined 12 years, both studying with teachers from the world famous Upright Citizens Brigade and Improv Olympic theatres. They began performing together with legendary Bristol longform team The Inheritance, and managed Kitchen Rules Theatre as directors and teachers. After the closure of KRT, the Johns continued performing together with several forms and teams, forming current Harold team Jazz Police, producing and hosting comedy show ‘Parent’s Basement’, and getting into all types of naughty mischief in the many improv communities they visit.
McInnes currently performs with ‘Jazz Police’, ‘Solicitors’, and previously coached improv team ‘Waiting For Becky’. He is an established stand-up comedian, and is currently writing his one-man sketch show.
Gallagher currently performs with ‘Jazz Police’, ‘Scenes To An End’, and ‘One Board Man’. He teaches for The Bristol Improv Theatre, Bristol Longform Comedy, and occasionally travels teaching improv to communities in the UK.
You will most likely see them performing as their two-man Harold team ‘The Billy Boys’, or sitting in the corner of a dimly lit pub doing bad impressions of semi-famous celebrities and talking about improv.