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...LEARN TO IMPROV
LIKE A PRO?
Taking a class to improvise may seem like
an oxymoron, but there’s some serious skill
involved in thinking on your feet. Even the
yellow banners outside Just Improvise point
out how hard it seems: “I couldn’t do that,”
they proclaim, taking the words out of the
mouths of us knock-kneed newbies. But fear
not: instructor Glenn Hall is sensitive to your
nerves. When we went along to his class, the effervescent
WAAPA theatre lecturer started gently, asking our names
and reasons for attending, before embarking on a fast-
paced memory game of handshakes and introductions. It
broke the ice and got our brains in gear. During a tricky
solo storytelling game, self-confessed amateur psychologist
Glenn gave us a nugget of life advice: “You don’t get to
use this art form to feel bad about yourself.” It’s a liberating
thought that made the rest of the evening fly by. By the
end of our two-session intro course we were performing
wacky stories without a shred of embarrassment. Remember
the yellow banners at the entrance? They say something
else, too: “Yes, you can.” And, y’know what? They’re right.
Need to know
• Don’t worry about nerves – we guarantee every other
participant is scared witless too!
• Expect to get pretty physical in some of the games, so
you’ll want to wear comfy clothes and enclosed shoes.
• Courses fill fast, so book a couple of months in advance
(though there is a wait list, so you may get in earlier).
• Still not sure? Check out one of Just Improvise’s
performances for inspiration.
• Visit justimprovise.com.au for more information
about classes and shows.
. . . HUNT GHOSTS IN A HAUNTED TOWN HALL?
If you’re scared of your own shadow, you should probably give this a miss. But if you’re a true
believer or curious sceptic seeking a supernatural experience, the Midland Town Hall Ghost
Tour may be your best bet. The building has been dubbed one of the top five most haunted in
WA, which means spirits are ripe for the sighting – 69 of them, to be precise. Well, that’s how
many have been identified during the tours to date. Many of the ghosts are children, including
a six-year-old girl named Mary who is often heard singing during tours. Shudder. Shanks Pony
Tours owner Patty Williams reports personally seeing “three full figured ghosts and many
shadows” in the town hall. Guests will get to check out equipment used by real paranormal
investigators. It’s a fun night out and will give you plenty of material to spook your mates.
Scaredy cats, beware.
Need to know
• The Midland Town Hall Ghost Tour runs every Friday night throughout the year.
The early session goes from 8pm to 10pm, the late tour runs from 10.30pm to
12.30am. Arrive 10 minutes early to get set up.
• The tour is recommended for 16 years and over.
• Serious ghostbusters can take things up a notch by attending a Paranormal
Investigation Workshop, held every two months on Saturdays from 8pm to
midnight. Includes light refreshments.
• Feeling really brave? Stay overnight after the workshop, from 8pm to 5am.
• Visit shanksponytours.com.au or the Facebook page for tickets and details.
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