Theatresports Schools Challenge (TSC)

“In a normal education, everything is designed to suppress spontaneity, but I wanted to develop it.”

– Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatresports, quote from his book, ‘IMPRO: Improvisation and the Theatre.

Enquiries

Jon Williams

schools [at] improaustralia.com.au


THEATRESPORTS SCHOOLS CHALLENGE

WHAT IS THE TSC?

Since 2005, Impro Australia has been running the Theatresports® Schools Challenge (TSC) – the only schools drama competition of its kind in NSW!

It brings together teams from over 150 independent and government schools across Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Bowral and Nowra to perform comic and dramatic scenes made up entirely on the spot.

Teams of 3-5 students from each school perform 1, 2 and 3 minute improvised scenes live on stage, judged by our team of improvisation professionals. Theatresports®  increases the students’ confidence, listening skills and teamwork, as well as strengthening their problem solving abilities and creative thinking, all in a hilarious, fun and supportive environment.

Check out this video clip showing the students in action:

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The TSC has 4 divisions:

Intermediate (stage 5, high school years 9-10) – held in Term 2

Senior (stage 6, high school years 11-12) – held in Term 2

Registrations open in Term 1

Junior (stage 4, high school years 7-8) – held in Term 4

Primary (stage 3, primary school years 5-6) – held in Term 4

Registrations open in Term 3

Each team competes in a local regional heat. The top scoring teams (half) then go through to a regional semi-final. The top 2 teams from each semi-final compete in the Theatresports® Schools Challenge Grand Final on Sun 21 June in Sydney (2pm Intermediate, 5pm Senior).

N.B. In the Junior & Primary divisions each team competes twice, in a heat & a final.

COST

$300 for one team

     Early bird price $250

$550 for two teams (1 Intermediate + 1 Senior, 1 Primary + 1 Junior)

     Early bird price $450

Each participating student/team receives:

  • A free 90 min improvisation workshop run by one of IA’s professional trainers, prior to each of the heats (valued at $300)
  • Detailed performance feedback from Impro Australia judges after each heat
  • An annual Theatresports® licence for their school (valued at $500) so they can perform, publicise and charge admission for their own Theatresports® shows at their school throughout the year; raising money for charity or the school or whatever they wish
  • Plus discount ticket deals for our other Theatresports® shows

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL

Download a TSC Intermediate & Senior Registration Form by CLICKING HERE

If you’d like a registration form, please email tscadmin@improaustralia.com.au

If you have any questions, visit the FAQ page, or contact our Education Manager: Jon Williams at schools@improaustralia.com.au

TEACHER’S GUIDE

We have produced a simple Teacher’s Guide to the TSC that outlines: Performance Call times, Team numbers and Dress Code, Game Choices and Ticketing Info.

 

2020 DATES

INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR TSC

MON 3 FEB – Registrations sent out

FRI 6 MAR – Early Bird deal ends

FRI 3 APR – Registrations close

HEATS: MON 4 MAY – MON 25 MAY

SEMI-FINALS: MON 25 MAY – FRI 5 JUN

GRAND FINALS: SUN 21 JUN – Intermediate 2pm & Senior 5pm – Enmore Theatre

 

JUNIOR & PRIMARY TSC

MON 27 JUL – Registrations sent out

FRI 21 AUG – Early Bird deal ends

FRI 18 SEP – Registrations close

HEATS: MON 19 OCT – FRI 6 NOV

SEMI-FINALS: MON 9 NOV – FRI 20 NOV

GRAND FINAL: SUN 29 NOV – Junior only – 3pm, venue TBC

 

THEATRESPORTS HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

For 10-15 year olds

Just $165 for 2 whole days of fun!

WED 22 – THU 23 APRIL 2020 https://www.trybooking.com/BIJNI
WED 15 – THU 16 JULY 2020 https://www.trybooking.com/BIJNS
WED 7 – THU 8 OCTOBER 2020 https://www.trybooking.com/BIJNZ

10am-4pm both days

Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd Glebe NSW 2137

Over 2 days, students learn how to play more than a dozen classic Theatresports games, create hilarious characters & stories on the spot, make new friends & have a load of fun & laughs – all with the best Theatresports teachers in Sydney.

Great for beginners & perfect for anyone playing in the Theatresports Schools Challenge!