Improbable’s 21st Birthday

A celebration of Improbable's

21st Birthday


Later this year Improbable turns 21 – and we’re having a party.

On 29 October, we’ll take over one of our favourite buildings – Toynbee Studios in London – to celebrate our last two decades and look ahead to the future.

Over the last 21 years, we’ve relied on the kindness and support of friends and funders across the world to make our work happen. Our birthday party is a chance to say thanks to everyone who’s helped, as well as raise some much-needed funds for the future. It starts at 5pm with tea, cake and conversation. Next you’re invited to roam the building, where each room will contain a piece of the Improbable puzzle, from sellotape to singing, BambinO to Beasts, new ideas to old favourites. There’ll be a celebratory performance at 7.30pm, before we toast an Improbable future with drinking and dancing until 10.30pm. We’d be thrilled if you could join us, as a celebration not only of Improbable but of everyone whose supported, befriended and created with us over the last 21 years. 

As we look to the future we’re hugely excited about the projects on our horizon – not just making new shows but taking them to new places and sharing with new audiences. About developing our participation projects for people not currently engaged with the arts. About continuing the 12-year conversation of Devoted & Disgruntled, making space as open, accessible and far-reaching as possible. And perhaps most of all about the International Institute of Improvisation, our major legacy project that seeks to shape, support and celebrate the future of improvisation.

These projects aren’t just dreams, but to make them happen we need to raise more funds that ever before – including £55,000 in this year alone. So like a proverbial fairy godmother, we’re asking whether you’d consider gifting Improbable a birthday present that helps make this work happen. Whether it’s as small but fundamental as more sellotape or as massive and profound as Access provision for D&D, you can help make the future even more Improbable in spirit and substance. We are, as always, hugely grateful for your support and friendship – whatever shape it takes. 

Thank you! And we hope to see you in October,

Lee, Phelim, Matilda, Nick, Sarah, Anabel and Ben.

Improbable’s 21st Birthday wish list…

A ticket to our birthday party from 5pm – 10.30pm on 29th October is £25, plus a birthday present from £5 to £5,000. Your ticket will get you access to the party plus a drink on us and some nosh; and your present would make one of these Improbable things happen…

£5 would buy the post-it notes for a D&D satellite.
For £50 we could get all the props for a production of Animo.
A workshop leader for our next participation workshop costs £125.
£500 would cover the costs of the model box for an Improbable theatre show or opera.
A gift of £1,000 would enable a week-long workshop on the development of the III.
£5,000 would pay for full Access provision, including BSL interpreters, a hearing loop and a quiet room, for our annual D&D. 

If you can make it to our party on 29th October, please click here to select a present and RSVP.

If you can’t make it to the party but might still be able to send us a present anyway, please click here. 

Or if you’d like to come to the party but can’t afford a ticket, you could gift us a bit of your time by volunteering at the party instead. Drop a line to ben@improbable.co.uk to have a chat.

Huge thanks for whatever you might be able to gift us – without your support we’d never have made it to the grand old age of 21.