Alex and Guy are associate artists of Improbable. In this workshop they will focus on improvising live on stage rather than improvisation as a way of devising and rehearsing work or for sketch comedy. They will draw on their collaborations with Improbable as well as their own independent practice to build narrative drama ‘in the moment’ for performance with presence and spontaneity. The workshop will explore processes and techniques from a starting point of ‘being enough’ – focussing on how emotional openness and physical awareness can enable improvisors to collaborate creatively.

This workshop is for performers who are curious about live improvisation, whether you’re interested in doing improvisation as part of a theatre practice or using these skills in other areas of performance.

Dates: Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th August 2018. 10:30am – 5pm each day.

Venue: The workshop will take place at The Nursery Training Centre, 6th Floor, Capital House, Weston Street SE1 3QD.

Cost: The price of the workshop is £200+VAT (a total of £240). We have a limited number of Pay What You Can places available, so if you would like to attend but cannot afford the full fee, please contact to discuss a Pay What You Can option. These will be allocated first come first served.

Access: There is step-free access from the street to the workshop via a lift. If you would like to discuss access requirements or anything about the content of the workshop, please contact

Places can be booked online here. 

Guy Dartnell is an inter/national award winning solo and collaborative artist, filmmaker, improviser and voice-movement specialist. As an improviser he created Impro Café in the late 1980’s, where Lee Simpson and Phelim McDermott of Improbable first met, and with them he went on to be part of The Institute of Curiosity and Execution’s Tale company and the Nottingham Playhouse Improbable Tales company. With Improbable, improvisation projects include inter/national tours and National Theatre and Off Broadway runs of Animo and Keith Johnstone’s Lifegame; also co-facilitating with Alex the inter-generational-artform improvisation project Generations . He recently finished lecturing in Improvisation at the University of Chichester.

Alex Murdoch is an actor, writer and improvisor. Her company Cartoon de Salvo toured theatre and lead workshops for 20 years nationally and internationally. As a writer she’s been commissioned by National Theatre Wales, is mentored by award-winning writer Chris Thorpe and is currently under commission to the RSC. She’s a 2018 Writer in Residence at Theatr Clwyd. Beyond the Salvo’s she’s performed with Kneehigh, LIFT Festival, New International Encounter, Comedy Store Players and Young Vic. For Improbable she has improvised in Animo, Lifegame and Permission Improbable. Along with co-facilitating the Generations project with Guy, she’s facilitated for Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space events.

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