Improv Drop-Ins (Intermediate/Advanced)

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These classes are for people who have some prior improv experience that want to sharpen their skills or learn something new*.

We’ll continue to run a rolling curriculum of fun tools to add to your skillset – previous workshops have covered everything from advanced scene and character work to improvised songs and rap. We hope this more flexible way of running the sessions will allow people to attend our improv drop-in workshops as often as they like to hang out, play and learn new skills!

We will also be hosting regular showcase evenings open to friends and family (one per term).  Date and location to be announced.

The drop ins currently run Saturdays 3-5pm 11th January – April 25th 2020 and will continue on a weekly basis. Sessions will cost just £5 and you can pay “on the door” cash or card. As we’re running this without a booking system we’ll post any last minute cancellations or changes to the workshop beyond our control on our social media .

Workshops are held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. This space is a short walk from Victoria Station and Shudehill Interchange. There are also several car parks nearby and some street parking for blue badge holders. Please let us know if you have any accessibility issues so we can accommodate you.

*These classes are for people who want to expand their skills and will assume basic improv knowledge. If you’re new to Improv or haven’t done any for a long time we recommend taking our Foundation in Improv course. Not sure what course is right for you? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


11th Jan – SCENES AND GAMES:  For some people it may have been a little while since improvising, so let’s all warm back into it together with some scenes and some games.  Teacher:  Sean Mason


18th Jan – GENRE JAM – Looking at the idea of knowledge that is ‘a mile wide but an inch thick’ for genres…playing loads of genre games and getting to the heart of what makes that genre sing.  Teacher:  Kate McCabe


25th Jan – THE PLOT THICKENS (pt 1) – Using the Freytag’s Pyramid model to sharpen up our storytelling within both a shortform and longform context. This includes focusing on exposition, complication, climax and resolution.  Teacher:  Lukas Kirkby


1st Feb – BIG CHARACTERS – want to boost those character choices, get out of your comfort zone or standard one or two ‘go tos’? Teacher:  John Cooper


8th Feb – The Plot Thickens Pt 2 – Taking our storytelling to the next level by exploring a variety of plot structures within both a shortform and a longform context. We will look at structures such as ‘the quest’, ‘rags to riches’, ‘tragedy’ and ‘rebirth’.

Teacher:  Lukas Kirkby

15th Feb – CLOWNING BASICS – Covering how to be live and have fun within the space. Will include looking at power dynamics and how to subvert them within the scene.  Also areas around clowning techniques such as the flop and repetition.  Teacher:  Tom Short


MORE TO COME SOON…