An impro workshop series led by Improbable Associate Artist Angela Clerkin

Through the Door

Improbable and ClerkinWorks present

A series of improvisation workshops for women & non-binary folk, exploring impro in theatre, comedy, storytelling, devising, making and writing. We will experiment with being heroes and villains – putting our own stories centre stage. Oh, and practice being confident and generous as we fuck up. Now is the time to find out what happens when we step through the door…

An invitation from Angela Clerkin:

I care passionately about the visibility, confidence, quality, and power of women in improvisation, theatre and the world. While I am thrilled that there are more female improvisers in the UK than ever before, there is still a lot of work to be done. Let’s be more inclusive of WOC, disabled women, LGBTQ, working class peeps and all the intersections. I believe this will benefit everyone; challenging, enriching & changing us – and the stories we improvise.

As a working-class queer woman, I am aware of what effect lack of opportunities can have on the spirit. When creative doors have opened for me I haven’t always had the confidence or know-how to step into my most powerful and generous performing self. There have also been many times when the door has been opened for me and I have stepped through and flourished.

My brilliant guest facilitators and I are keen to pass on the good stuff and continue learning. Sessions include: making active choices, trusting what happens next, playing with status and privilege, being robust and welcoming vulnerability, breathing and taking it slow, advancing the narrative, holding the door open for each other, using images and movement to tell stories.

The workshops are open to women and NBs who are actors,  improvisors and theatre-makers at all levels of experience who want to train, practise and hone their improvisation skills. 

I look forward to stepping through the door with you.

Lead Artist Angela Clerkin is an actor, improvisor, writer and theatre-maker. AD of ClerkinWorks (www.clerkinworks.com), an Associate Artist with Improbable and Chris Goode & Co. Angela has worked with Improbable for over 20 years, performing in Lifegame, Animo, Cinderella, Permission Improbable, The Bear & Panic. Acting credits include productions at the Barbican, Sydney Opera House, National Theatre, Edinburgh Lyceum, Young Vic, Lyric, ICA, Northern Stage, BAC, Liverpool Playhouse, Almeida, Old Vic, Ovalhouse. TV: Dr Who, Humans, Holby City, Dean Spanley, Dalziel & Pascoe, EastEnders, My Family, Sugar Rush, The Office (series 1). Angela’s play Bem-Vindo Estranho toured Brazil 2013-15 and Portugal 2016, with an extended sell out run in Lisbon. She has run workshops for Improbable, Young Vic, NT/Sphinx, BAC, E15, Actors Centre, London Bubble, Traverse and more.

Guest facilitators:

Lesley Ewen

Lesley Ewen creates performance as an actor and Live Artist, on stage and in film/tv; as a teacher at various schools including RADA (Improv/Devising); and as Creative Enabler for Access All Areas, shepherding Learning Disabled performers and others. Lesley’s also a director and has just mounted her latest play Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts).

Emma Frankland

Emma Frankland is an award winning performance and theatre artist. Emma’s None of Us is Yet a Robot project is a series of performance pieces exploring gender, trans identity and the politics of transition. These will be published in 2019 as a collected volume by Oberon Books. She plays the title role in BBC radio adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’.

Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Harnessing over 20 years’ experience, Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a globally respected Creative Artist, Mass Movement Director, Choreographer and Creative Consultant, who has worked in over 21 countries, and whose work appears in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her company, Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates, are industry leaders in directing and delivering movement for large scale events with a specialism in mass movement.

Term 2 of Through the Door is for participants of the first term, as we develop and deepen works started together.

Term 2 is supported by Shakespeare’s Globe.

We are also really excited to announce a performance by several of the course members at Shakespeare’s Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on March 30, 9:30pm. Moll and the Future Kings is a one-off gig combining impro and drag kings to celebrate the spirit of Mary/Moll Frith. Further details and booking can be found here.


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