18th August 2018
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Lessons in laughter

Comedian Marjolein Robertson is launching a series of classes to encourage more people into improvisational comedy.

Marjolein Robertson

Marjolein Robertson

Marjolein has already given performances in Amsterdam, Groningen, Edinburgh and New York.

And now she is ready to teach others about improvisational comedy – “improv”.

As it is unscripted it is often considered one of the scariest ways to perform. The stand up is required to develop a sketch from audience suggestions and prompts.

However, Marjolein said there are rules, techniques and skills that give performers the tools to walk on stage, with nothing, and act out a great sketch.

She recently studied an intensive improv course in New York with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade, which concluded with a performance in the UCB East Theatre, as well as taking part in improv jams throughout the city during her stay.

Prior to this, while living in Amsterdam, she attended the Easy Laughs improv workshops, honing her skills as an adept and versatile performer, with further development long-form improv and storytelling.

She is back in Shetland permanently and has decided to set up an improv course with six workshops, culminating in a “graduation show” in January in the Lerwick Royal British Legion.

Marjolein said: “There is a real appreciation for comedy in Shetland, which is apparent through the great attendances and sell-out shows whenever comedians come to town. Folk here are also incredibly quick-witted and keen to tell a story.

“I believe a regular comedy night is missing in Shetland, and what I would love to do is set up a monthly event with a local group performing improv sketches with room for stand-up as well.”

Workshops will run from November through to January.

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