An impro workshop series led by Improbable Associate Artist Angela Clerkin

Through the Door

ClerkinWorks supported by Improbable and Shakespeare’s Globe presents:

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.

Term 3 guest facilitators are Pauline Mayers and Stella Duffy

Pauline Mayers – Associate Artist with Chris Goode & Co and Leeds Playhouse

Stella Duffy – Novelist, improvisor, theatre-maker co-director Fun Palaces

Term 3 is now open for applications from new participants. The new group will run for 6 Sunday afternoons 3-6pm, from June 2 to July 7. The venue is Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. Shakespeare’s Globe is fully wheelchair-accessible.

The full course costs £120 or £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 sarah@improbable.co.uk 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.

Term 3 of Through the Door is presented by Clerkinworks and supported by Improbable and Shakespeare’s Globe.

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