Phil Lunn Is…
…whoever tonight’s audience wants him to be.
A new person, with new songs, every show.
All completely improvised, based on ideas from the audience.
And I work with…
I work with several theatrical and comedy improv groups, in London and elsewhere.
I’m either providing the music, or I’m on stage.
The Staccatos are a musical improv group born out of Hoopla Impro. Originally a house team, they are now independent and regular perform unabashed short form musical improv across London. Great games, fun mini-musicals, and a wonderful group to work with.
And some groups from other places
Teatribu (Milan) • Le Théâtre de l’Oignon (Strasbourg) • Neil + 1 (Dublin) • Renegade Saints (Vienna) • La Carpe Haute (Strasbourg) • Lusty Mannequins (Toronto) • EuroTrash (San Francisco) • Kuje Impro (Jyväskylä) • Trickle (Belgium) • Crumbs Garage (Winnipeg / Atlanta) • History Under The Influence (Austin, Texas) • Girls Girls Girls (Austin, Texas) • Girls Girls Girls (Austin, Texas) • Lambabati (Tel Aviv) • easylaughs (Amsterdam) • Jess’s’s’s (Ireland)
…and for other improvisers
I regularly teach and coach improvisers in improv and musical improv.
Introduction to Musical Improv
This course covers song structures, rhyming, opening numbers, and moving from scene into song.
Next steps in Musical Improv
In this course we look at more advanced structures and patterns, and further explore group performances.
You might also see me teaching on non-musical courses.
Our characters drive the story through their actions and reactions, which in turn is largely driven by their personality. This workshops looks at key personality traits (taken from psychology) that are useful to think about when improvising, and using those to develop our characters and to direct how they behave in scenes.
The Core Of The Song
Whether we’re aiming for funny, moving, or a combination of the two, the best songs tend to have a clear hook, catchy lyrics, and a specific concept. Together we can think of these as the ‘core’ of the song. In this workshop, we’ll look at how we lock in on this ‘core’ in order to make our songs fun, memorable, and easier to perform.
A workshop dedicated to creating songs as a group. We look at how to share lyrics and movement, and how to keep songs consistent between people. We also look at how to perform like a pop group—it’s not all about musical theatre!
I have a blog which has various articles and resources that I find interesting, and other improvisers may too.