Have you ever done improv whilst you were sleepwalking? Well, I did the other night and whilst it was only a dream state let me tell you what I learnt from it.
Firstly, let me tell you about myself – I have been sleepwalking for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I used to sleepwalk down stairs and throughout the years of growing up and even as an adult, I still do it from time to time. The good thing is, I always wake up through it so luckily can really control it. I think once I turned all the lights on in my uni house without waking up and that really freaked the hell out of me.
I have woken up to find myself doing some really random things – everything from throwing pillows at the wall, to standing swaying side to side thinking I am top of a double decker bus. No matter how crazy they have been, I have never done improv before.
I woke up to find myself in the centre of my bed, cross legged talking to members of the improv community including Steve Roe, James Witt and some females but can’t remember for the life of me who. I remember thinking I was in an improv rehearsal and we were really enthusiastic. I don’t remember much more of it but I do know that I was trying to participate in lots of scenes but kept crashing out and going back to sleep.
The main thing that I gaine from this dream was that you need to really commit to scenes and that you need to really listen to your scene partner. OK, so it is not life changing advice but hey, I was half asleep and not really awake but a lot of the time I was spent listening to others.