I thought we had this thread before but it might have been a single nights thread...
This week at No Drama I learned:
1. How to rid myself of a previous character. This may make you laugh but I do some Muay Thai kick boxing and we have practise routines which require some visualisation as well as some coordinated physical movement (it takes balance to use a knee and an elbow at the same time!). For some reason when Brian suggested we "shake the character" out of us, I found myself doing a quick routine and *boff*, I was back to being me. I guess everyone else will have their own way but it was quite surprising how "cleansing" that felt and I could see how a character could linger (while before I was kinda not believing Brian )
2. Allowing your fellow actors time and space to contribute is good and leads to a better piece of improv.
3. being assertive is good too, because everyone needs to know when you are going to start and stop on a piece of dialogue.
4. Turning your back on the audience really really has a bad effect and should be avoided.
5. Try to include the audience or else why should they give you their attention.