Foundation in Improvisation

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our Foundation Improv workshops are returning to face-to-face teaching. We will be putting in place safety procedures for workshoppers and facilitators – more information can be found below.

Ages 17+

We are delighted to announce the return of our face-to-face teaching for the end of 2021 with our Foundation in Improv course starting Sunday 3rd October.  The course will be taught by Sean Mason, Brainne Edge and Josie Throup.

There’s no previous stage experience necessary as our Foundation in Improv classes cover the core skills and tenets of Improvised performance; Yes And, Listening, Character, Story, Objects, Scene Work and Games.

Whether you’re looking to start performing improv comedy, want to improve your listening and communication skills or just want to meet new people in a fun and friendly environment then this course is for you. Whatever your reason for taking a course, our Foundation in Improv workshops will help you learn new skills that can applied on stage and off.

The full cost of the course is just £115* and is limited to just 15 spaces. We continually work to keep workshops as affordable as possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to set-up an alternative payment plan.

Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 1-3pm for eight weeks** at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes (255, 256, 263) and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop.

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To sign up please pay your non refundable deposit of £30 (you can pay the remainder in advance or on day one):

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OR if you’re ready to pay in full, you can do that here:

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*If, after signing up, participants are unable to attend the course, we will retain a £30 cancellation fee. If the company has to cancel, you you will be refunded the full amount.

COVID-19 Statement:

We will not be requiring proof of a lateral flow test from attendees, but we will assume a negative one will have been taken prior to each workshop. We ask you not to attend if you are exhibiting any COVID symptoms.

Our facilitators will be taking a lateral flow test the day before each workshop and will only be in attendance assuming the test is negative – we will contact you asap if any problems arise.

We will be aiming to keep a 1m distance within the workshops. Masks are not mandatory, but would be preferred when workshoppers are seated and not in an exercise. Please be respectful of each other’s space and comfort as we return to in person workshops so we can create a safe and fun experience for all. We will continue to review this inline with current guidelines and may put in additional measures where necessary.

Black Improv Alliance

The 100 Black Improvisers Partnership  is a joint venture among corporate sponsors, improv teachers, and improv schools/theaters around the world which are actively seeking diversity. By pledging to provide a minimum of five scholarships for Black students, each of us contributes to a common goal of getting 100 more Black people into Foundation Improv level workshops by July 2021.

We have pledged to provide five spaces on our next course. You can sign up to this scheme by emailing us or via the Black Improv Alliance website.

About Sean, Brainne and Josie:

Sean Mason has been performing with ComedySportz since 2007. He has performed and taught improv to people of all ages and abilities. Sean is also an actor and director and teaches comedy performance techniques at the University of Salford. Sean has also has taught comedy writing and performance skills for several festivals including Manchester Literature Festival.

Brainne Edge started ComedySportz UK in 2001 and has since taught and performed improv skills around the world. She has taught improvisation at the University of Salford and LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

Josie Throup is an improviser, writer, and all round goofball. She’s improvised with MAD Improv in Madrid and has been with ComedySportz since 2019.

Our workshop facilitators have represented ComedySportz UK in the CSz World Championships and performed, taught and trained across the UK and beyond.  They can’t wait to meet you for this exciting digital improv course.

If you have any questions about our Foundation in Improv course please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our classes are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy performance schools.


**Due to the Manchester United vs Liverpool football match scheduled for that day there will be no improv sessions on Sunday 24th October. Unfortunately there is no parking allowed near Gorse Hill Studios on match days (as well as expected disruption to public transport) which makes the venue inaccessible to many. With that in mind we’ve decided to skip that week – the course will still run for 8 sessions giving us a new end date of 28th November.