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 (, 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.

I absolutely just loved having a safe space to play in / experiment / learn / make mistakes… I felt like not only did I expand my improvisation / theatre skills, but also got to develop myself in terms of being out in the ‘real world’ – both the (less inclusive than TTD) theatre world and the day to day world that I spend time in. I found it a great space for reflection and a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with some new improvisers / theatre makers and performers. 

-Feedback from a previous TTD participant

Term 4 applications are now closed.

The new group will run for 6 Sundays 11am-2pm, from October 27 – December 1. 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 £180 or £90 concession. There are a limited number of £20 bursary spaces available to those for whom the concessionary rate is an obstacle to attendance.

Term 4 of Through the Door is presented by Clerkinworks and supported by Improbable and Shakespeare’s Globe.

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