It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved,
but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
As the end of the year approaches, we have the opportunity to reflect on 2016, what we have achieved, and the lessons we've learned.
These past 12 months have been incredibly busy at Improbable, with D&D 11 right at the beginning; Akhnaten at ENO and then most recently in LA; a UK tour of Opening Skinner's Box; a world premiere of The Little Match Girl in Charleston, USA; two Participation projects where we partnered up with Westminster Libraries and taught improvisation to community groups; a number of research and development sessions on exciting future shows; a plethora of D&D satellite events tackling important issues and creating a space for discussion; and much more.
These have been rewarding projects that we've delivered with pride, focusing on how we can create great art and a tighter community by using deep democracy and compassionate disruption. We look forward to 2017 with the intention and desire to do more, and better, and for longer – we hope you will continue to follow and participate in our endeavours.
As we round off 2016 we’re also saying goodbye to our administrator Susie Italiano, who’s been with Improbable for the last three years. Susie has been a brilliant member of Improbable – the person who’s held everything together in the office, made so many of our projects happen, and provided a constant supply of kindness and passion. We’re incredibly sad to be saying goodbye, and terrifically excited for her new adventures. We’re also very pleased to welcome Anabel Barnston as our new Administration & Finance Officer. Anabel will be an amazing addition to the Improbable family, and we’re looking forward to working with her over the coming months.
To kickstart the new year, join us at the 12th edition of our annual two and a half day Devoted and Disgruntled event, which will take place in Bristol in January. Come make new connections, work on the really important things, and ask the really important questions.
Later in March, one of our new productions will run at the National Theatre: Lost Without Words is a one-hour show where actors in their 70s and 80s will be improvising with nothing but themselves and their own words. No script, no map, all they have is just a lifetime of theatre to help them find their way.
See you next year!
14-16 January 2017
The Passenger Shed at Brunel's Old Station, Bristol
£27 | £14 concession
A few words from our co-Artistic Director Phelim McDermott:
'Turn up for two and a half days of improvised conversation and action. No dream is too big, no question too naive, no topic off the agenda. Remember you do have choice and you do have agency.
Right now I want to seize the nettle of my own idealism, to reach out and tell you this: “We are artists. We are people who care about the arts. We have the means to reimagine our future. There is never a better time to do that than in times of chaos.We must gather together. We must connect. We must show up, tell the truth and do so in the ways that only we are capable of imagining. This is the time. Now is the time!”
Read the full invitation and book your tickets here.
From our Friends…
National Theatre, London
If we don’t get lost, how can we find a new route?
Imagine older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who have spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people’s words. Imagine they were on stage with nothing but themselves and no words but their own.
No script, no map, a different show every night, all they have is a lifetime of theatre to help them find their way.
Book your tickets here.
Dec 16 – Feb 17
Deep in a wintry land, lives a gorgeously grizzly Beasty Baby. Using an inspired mix of puppetry and live music, Theatre-Rites creates a funny and magical shared experience for the whole family. Beasty Baby will be touring Nottingham, London, Manchester, Colchester, Lancaster, Rossendale, Ellesmere Port and Bath. "an imaginative bundle of joy"★★★★★ – The Stage
Need a few hours of production management before the start of rehearsals? Need to buy some kit? I’ve worked in technical theatre/events for over 20 years. I’m offering an affordable bespoke service supporting arts organisations. Specialist skills and advice by the hour.
Contact details: Crin Claxton, 07956558676 Claxtonlxfx@gmail.com
We’re offering 16-20 year olds an opportunity to discover more about careers in theatre through paid placements with The Old Vic’s renowned front of house team. Participants will get the opportunity to watch one of our productions, ‘ART’, shadow various members of Front of House staff and take on important roles welcoming patrons to The Old Vic Theatre.
Applications for 'ART' close at 5pm on Friday 6 January.