Improv Drop-Ins (Intermediate-Experienced)

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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 course runs Saturdays 3-5pm 28th September – December 7th, and will start up again January 18th 2020 and will continue on a weekly basis. Sessions will cost just £5 and you can pay “on the door” cash or card.

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.


28th Sept – 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:  Brainne Edge SIGN UP HERE


5th Oct – THIRD WHEELING:  Exploring being the third person, or non-starter in scenes. Looking at giving and taking third person offers, the shift in focus on characters and assessing how much a third person is needed in the scene.  Teacher:  Lukas Kirkby SIGN UP HERE


12th Oct – WELCOME TO CRAZY TOWN – accepting and playing with the weird and wonderful worlds and offers in scene work.  Teacher:  Sean Mason SIGN UP HERE


19th Oct – THE MIDDLE – starting your scenes from a more interesting place:  Teacher:  Kate McCabe SIGN UP HERE


26th Oct – YAY, AND!  – Taking the primary mantra of improv to the extreme, we explore a universe without problems, experimenting in a world without conflict.  Teacher:  Lukas Kirkby  SIGN UP HERE


2nd Nov –  IMPROVISED MUSICAL THEATRE – Your first song – A workshop for people with experience in improv looking to explore creating music as well. Experienced musical improvisers are welcome and will be pushed! This workshop will focus on the creation of small group and solo songs, looking at the structure of a song and methods for creating continuity and meaning within your pieces.  Teachers:  Rachel Wareing, Felix Janeway  SIGN UP HERE


9th Nov – PLAYING ON STAGE – 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.  SIGN UP HERE


16th Nov  IMPROVISED MUSICAL THEATRE– Improvising music with a group – This workshop will focus on methods of creating coherent music within groups. We will look at methods of passing, conducting and creating games in improvised chorus numbers, attempting to create rich, story-driven musical elements for your scenes. Attendance at the earlier “Improvised Musical Theatre – Your first song” is strongly encouraged!   Teachers:  Rachel Wareing, Felix Janeway  SIGN UP HERE


23rd Nov-  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   SIGN UP HERE


30th Nov –   SILENCE IS GOLDEN – Ever find yourself talking way too much in scenes?  Want to learn more about sitting in a moment and letting your body do the talking?  This workshop will take away words and look at how reaction and responsiveness can be all that is needed to create an interesting and humourous scene.   Teacher:  Brainne Edge  SIGN UP HERE


7th Dec – GAMES GAMES GAMES – Games we know, games we make up, just… lots… of … games!  Teacher:  Sean Mason  SIGN UP HERE


WINTER BREAK – The classes will then return early 2020.