UK arts news: Improbable: So… what are we going to do about improvisation?

“Those who say yes are rewarded by the adventures they have.”  – Keith Johnstone


This month’s newsletter is about Shaking Things Up. We’ve a global gathering of improvisers using theatrical impro in wild and wonderful settings across the planet; a new series of Through the Door workshops for female and non-binary performers; and a whole new way of making opera and music theatre with our Future Sounds programme. 

Here’s what’s going on in the coming months:

GII Symposium 2019: a gathering of international improvisers

15-18 May 2019 @ Middlesex University, London   

Co-hosted by Middlesex University, the GII, and the International Institute of Improvisation (III!).

Workshops, performances, presentations, and round-tables on improvisation, followed by two days of Open Space with Devoted and Disgruntled (D&D). Full schedule now announced, featuring improvisers from 50+ countries – limited £30 tickets left for UK artists, practitioners and improvisers.

Tickets available here

Tao of Glass at Manchester International Festival
11 Jul – 20 Jul 2019 @ Manchester International Festival. Part of our Future Sounds programme.

A deeply personal collaboration between Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott exploring life, loss and a single question: where does true inspiration come from?

This summer, we unveil Tao of Glass: ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom. A storytelling tapestry that’s part-concert and part-performance, soundtracked by ten new pieces of music by Philip Glass and shot through with Improbable’s trademark theatricality.

We wanted to tell you about:

Through the Door – Term 3 applications now open

Presented by ClerkinWorks, supported by Improbable and Shakespeare’s Globe

A series of improvisation workshops for women & non-binary folk, exploring impro in theatre, comedy, storytelling, devising, making and writing. Find out more on our website.

Term 3 is now open for applications from new participants. The new group will run for 6 Sunday afternoons 3 – 6pm, from 2 June to 7 July at Shakespeare’s Globe – the venue is fully wheelchair-accessible. The full course costs £120 (£60 concession). There are a limited number of PWYC spaces available to those for whom the concessionary rate is an obstacle to attendance.

If you’d like to take part, please apply by emailing with a short paragraph telling us a bit about yourself and what attracts you to Through the Door. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 14 May. Priority will be given to people who identify as disabled, LGBTQ+, working class and/or people of colour. If you’d like to be considered for a PWYC place, let us know this in your email too.

From our friends:

Human Jam

Dates: 7 – 25 May 2019
Where: Camden People’s Theatre, London

How do you excavate 63,000 bodies? Where will they go? And what will be uncovered by all this digging? The biggest exhumation of graves in European history is taking place. People are losing their homes and businesses. All to make way for HS2’s new railway terminal.

Book here

Beginners Improv: Spontaneity

Dates: 11 – 12 May 2019
Where: The Nursery Training Centre, London

Special 20% discount on The Nursery’s upcoming 6-week Spontaneity Beginners Improv Course starting on 15th May. Want to be more relaxed and spontaneous? Well, don’t let ‘thinking’ get in your way, come and let yourself go and truly live in each hilarious moment with our 6-week Spontaneity course starting on 15th May. It’s a fun, playful and friendly intro to the joyful world of improvising – and as a friend of Improbable, you get 20% off the normal price. Simply enter the password ‘improbable’ when booking to reveal the discounted price. 
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