Whilst searching for a computer last week, you might have seen the slow-motion fight that broke out on the lower ground in the Library. Or you may have wondered about the group of students frozen in place around the Library entrance. Maybe you heard a student chanting pleasant phrases through a megaphone down Houghton Street. Either way, a group of LSE students have made the LSE campus its stage. Why does this keep happening? Why else, but to have some fun! A great moment can make someone’s day. A few minutes out of the daily routine can turn a day of studying around.
Those of you who were here last year will have remembered the epic flashmob in the Library during the exam weeks. The event gladly broke up the dreary routine of stressful cramming with spontaneous dancing. We want to keep up this spirit of doing things out of the ordinary with weekly events this year. The highlight of the year will be a huge library event during the exam period, better than last year. This could very well become a tradition. In order to make it an event that YOU and LSE will not forget, we need a large number of students willing to participate. No experience is required. If you have been taking part in drama for years or have never participated in improvisation before then no worries; you don’t need any experience for any of the sketches we’re involved in, just a smile and the willingness to make other people smile too.
I must admit, I was a little bit hesitant at first. The idea of fully submerging myself into a slow-motion fight, in front of people I might know, was very daunting. But soon enough, I found myself throwing out a round-house kick with as much intensity as I could muster. Although in slow-motion of course. Often it is easy to get caught up in the stress of LSE studies and this brief interlude was just what I needed to remind me that university life can be creative and does not have to be constrained to just filling out applications for summer placements.
The only aim of the Improv group is to spread happiness and the occasional thought. The overall point of the group is to get comfortable enough to truly get loose, be it in front of a small number of people or the various students milling about on the Lower Ground. Many of us in the Improv group had trepidations at first about not being courageous enough to run around and smile in the library. Join the facebook group: “Impro V Atlse” to find out what is going on. Try it out once, there’s no need to keep on coming back next week if it turns out that it is not for you. So go on, take a step out of your daily routine, do something out of the ordinary. You won’t be disappointed.