Rate of pay : £9.20 per hour*

Hours: Part-time 15 hours per week guaranteed with option for additional hours depending on theatre schedule. Evenings and weekends.

We are looking for a motivated and personable part-time Events Floor Manager to join our friendly events team. At the Bristol Improv Theatre, we deliver a diverse range of programming, from local improv groups to experimental theatre, burlesque nights and circus troupes! 

We are a small, independent and artist led theatre that’s passionate about delivering excellent service and maintaining our reputation as one of the friendliest venues in Bristol.

In this role you will lead a front of house team, overseeing our events bar and venue spaces, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of clients, audiences and production teams.

 You will be able to remain assertive and calm in a busy environment while providing warm and welcoming service.

Although some experience in a management role is desirable, training will be provided on the job and we encourage those who are passionate about working in events to apply, regardless of experience.

To apply, please send your application to hello@improvtheatre.net

We welcome traditional CVs and cover letters as well as video or audio recordings. 

Please submit applications by Monday the 9th of August 5PM

Video and audio recordings should be kept to under 3 minutes.

Job Description

You will:

– Lead a front of house team to ensure events run smoothly, safely and to time.

– Monitor and control all aspects of an event to deliver a high level of experience, ensuring safety and enjoyment of clients, audience and production teams.

– Manage timings, numbers and itineraries.

– Manage and maintain bar and box office systems.

– Liase with volunteers and deliver basic front of house and box office training.

– Oversee events bar, reporting financial earnings, monitoring stock levels and ensuring appropriate close downs and health & safety and hygiene practices.

– Have excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to lead a team and gel with customers and colleagues. 

– Enforce theatre policy and monitor and enforce health and safety practices and regulations.

– Prepare the venue for an event, ensuring the venue is safe , clean and set up as specified.

– Provide technical/ AV support to clients and production team during their set up.

– Liase with Operations manager and report and record incidents and maintenance issues.

– Be the most senior member of staff on site and lead evacuation procedures in case of emergencies.

Person Specification

An ideal applicant will

– Be confident providing a calm, personalised and high level of customer service

– Have previous keyholding experience

– Have excellent time management skills

– Have strong, assertive leadership skills

– Have the  ability to think on their feet and remain calm in a busy environment

– Have experience in a hospitality and customer facing roles

– Have strong organisational skills and attention to detail

– Have strong verbal communication skills

Desirable but not essential

– Experience in a management role or leading a team

– Some technical/ AV experience

– Some bar experience

– First aid training

– Interest in theatre and events

– Confident with heavy lifting and working at heights

*This is the company-wide rate of pay, with all staff currently on the same hourly wage. 

We’re looking forward to welcoming more of you to the theatre as restrictions ease. However, we’re aware a lot of you might still feel anxious about attending the theatre.

Therefore we’re making a few changes to the way we operate so we can welcome more of you in a safe and secure way.


What we’re doing and what we expect from you:

 

CABARET SEATING IS STAYING 

We’re continuing with cabaret seating in our theatre spaces and we’re increasing capacity. We’re placing a few more tables in the space and re-arranging our seating plan. But the theatre still won’t be at full capacity.

This will allow you to sit with the group you booked with.Tables are available in groups of 2,4 and 6. 

BOOKING IN ADVANCE

While we have cabaret seating, we’re still asking everyone to book tables in advance. This allows us to plan the seating arrangement for the evening. 

We’ll  still ask you to sign in on the NHS COVID 19 app when you arrive, or provide us with contact details from your group. 

HAND WASHING

We’ll ask you to continue to use our contactless hand-washing stations that are situated at the front entrance and the entrance to the theatre. 

WEARING MASKS

We ask that yo uwear a mask when arriving at the theatre and moving in the corridors. You are invited to wear a mask when observing in the audience but this isn’t mandatory.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

While restrictions have eased, we ask you to be mindful of other people’s personal space while moving around the building. 

BAR SERVICE

When arriving at the theatre, you’ll be shown to your table for the evening and invited to go to the bar to order your drinks before the show. The bar will also be open during the interval and after the show.  There will be a clearly signed, socially distanced queue to the bar. 

We’ll also have some tables set out in the bar where you can enjoy your drinks in a bigger space. 

THEATRE SCHOOL 

We’ll gradually increase the capacity of our classes, but  will keep no contact games or activities. We’re capping the courses starting in September 2021 at 12 spaces. 

We ask students to respect one another’s personal space during classes and allow space between you where possible. 

We will also be offering one fully socially distant  4-week course per teaching block. This will be capped at 8 spaces to allow plenty of room for everyone taking part. And we’ll ask participants to stay 2m away from everyone at all times.

With the latest news that restrictions are likely to be eased on the 19th July, we wanted to let you know the Bristol Improv Theatre’s plans for the next few months. 

We have really enjoyed seeing everyone back at the theatre since we re-opened in May and look forward to continuing this wild journey of artistic recovery with you. 

We believe it is important for audiences and students to be able to attend based on the assurances they were given at the time of purchasing a ticket or a space on one of our courses. 

As such, we are retaining many of our COVID safety measures until at least the end of August. With cases still increasing, this is to protect our audiences and staff, many of whom are yet to receive their second dose of the vaccine. 

We will still expect audiences to wear masks while moving around the venue, and will still be offering table service to our socially distanced cabaret layout. 

Read the COVID security pages on our website for more information on what we are doing and what we expect from you. 

September 2021 onwards

Watch this space: we will be publishing updates to our policies and plans for September onwards in the next couple of weeks. 

Hello everyone, we have just heard the news from the government that we are plunging full on into more banana bread, yoga and zoom quizzes AKA a new lockdown.

We will be rescheduling our shows and updating our classes. All show bookers will be contacted with new dates, and class attendees will be contacted in due course.

For any queries or concerns please get in touch with us on hello@improvtheatre.net

See you on the other side!


The Bristol Improv Theatre are proud to be joining with other Bristol Arts Organisations who are taking part in the #lovebristolarts campaign from 19th– 23rd October 2020


Covid-19 has dealt heavy blows to every industry in the UK but none have been so keenly felt as that given to the Arts Sector. We’ve spent months behind closed doors, waiting patiently to return to the things we love.

However, the spirt of collaboration and creativity continues to bring hope and support during these difficult times. Many organisations, including ourselves, have been fortunate to receive grants from Arts Council England and the DCMS in the form of the Cultural Recovery Fund which will help us to continue our work.

We are putting that funding to use, finding creative ways to produce, entertain and support artists who would not be eligible for public funding.

We are putting on shows as part of our REACT season to facilitate performances, providing rehearsal and training opportunities and continuing to provide an online offering for those who wan’t to access improvised work from home.

However, the industry still faces threats from the uncertainty of changing restrictions and working with reduced capacities.

The Bristol Arts Marketing Network and Arts Marketing Bath are launching a collaborative campaign, mobilising audiences and organisations to support Bristol and Bath’s arts and culture sector.

As an alternative to the Culture Flash Sale, which would normally be announced around this time of year, #LoveBristolArts will encourage locals to reach out to their favourite artists, companies and venues, presenting ways to offer real support. 

Across a week of action, each day will focus on a different area of the sector:

  • Monday: Launch day!
  • Tuesday: Art Galleries, Venues & Visitor Attractions
  • Wednesday: Independent Artists & Collectives
  • Thursday: Arts Companies & Freelancers
  • Friday: Final day!

How can you help?

There are so many things that people can do to help, from buying tickets, memberships and giving donations to free help, such as subscribing to mailing lists, following social media channels and taking a minute to fill out surveys. Even just hitting like, rather than scrolling by, has the power to raise profiles, build relationships and amplify awareness.

Below are the top three ways in which you can help the Bristol Improv Theatre:

1. Book a ticket for REACT – our new season of live performances

2. Take an improv class – classes available for beginners and students with some experience.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates

We regularly post behind-the-scenes content, blog posts and show announcements on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click on the buttons below to follow us on your platform of choice!


These are just our top three ways that you can support us but make sure you keep an eye on social media throughout the week for more ideas for how you can help not only us, but our friends across Bristol and Bath to get back on our feet whilst facing the current challenges!

Read about all of the organisations taking part in the campaign on Visit Bristol.

A message from the theatre’s artistic director Caitlin Campbell about REACT, a series of shows returning to the theatre in November.


Let me start by saying welcome back one and all; we couldn’t be more delighted to see you.

It has been six months since we last performed in front of a (non-virtual) audience and as wonderful as it has been testing our limits and working with new mediums online we are beyond excited to be returning to our theatre at last. I can’t describe how much I personally have missed the hum of an expectant crowd, the scrape of chairs and clink of glasses, the sudden release of a whole room bursting into laughter together. It feels good to be back.

So what have we been up to in the last six months?

At the start of lockdown we sprang into action taking our shows online and were blown away by how many of you came with us. Thanks to the streaming platform Twitch we were able to keep in touch with you in the chat (you made us laugh a LOT. Who knew improv audiences would so enjoy the opportunity to noiselessly and benevolently heckle throughout a show?), and keep the heart of improv alive by basing our shows around your presence and input. The natural adaptability of improvisation along with the resilience and creativity of this amazing community allowed us to keep making and presenting work from opposite ends of the city (and occasionally the world).

That’s not all though, we’ve been renovating too. 

While the theatre has been empty, we have taken the opportunity to give it a socially distant makeover. The stage, seating layout and operational systems have all changed, to make coming to the theatre as safe as possible for staff, audiences and performers alike. You can read more about the changes we have made and how these will affect your visit here

It’s with this spirit of adaptability that we have launched ourselves into the next stage of this strange journey. Never have we felt this keenly before the value of improvisation, an artform that doesn’t just embrace changing circumstances but thrives on them – a useful skill to have in a world where the rules are changing day by day. Especially as we will be bringing the same restrictions that affect our work and home lives onto stage with us.

We therefore present to you REACT. 

This November we are staging six shows that respond creatively to the challenges of social distancing on stage. They’ll explore what’s possible within the new restraints, approaching them playfully to create shows that are imaginative, immediate, whole-hearted and fun.

In some cases you’ll be treated to shows devised from workshops with our associate artists over the last month; in others we have approached local companies and artists we admire,  handing over the reigns and allowing them the freedom and creativity to explore these new possibilities. 

📷 : A talented pool of performers from our associate companies coming together to develop new shows for REACT. Photo taken by Ross Wilson.

We still don’t know how long this crisis will go on for – and so now our thinking has to shift from ‘when will we be able to do what we did?’, to ‘what can we do right now?’ 

Although so much has changed in our lives recently, one thing that has remained constant is our need for connection, joy and laughter. 

With our new space, the efforts of our dedicated staff, the creativity of our talented artists and your support, we hope to be that source of connection, joy and laughter for years to come. 


The shows that are part of the “REACT” season go on sale Friday 9th October. Check our what’s on page on the day for more information.

Try an improv class!

The Bristol Improv Theatre opened its doors for classes this week, for the first time since we closed them in March. Teaching the first one involved me shaking off the dust which had gathered on my face-to-face interpersonal skills. 

Like many others, I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster during lockdown, riding the waves of despair, craving physical contact from my friends, adapting to working and socialising on zoom, starting (and stopping) new hobbies (don’t talk to me about knitting). 

If one thing is certain, during these uncertain times, it’s that we’ve all been on a ride.

Coming back to work and seeing people face to face after seeing them for so long on my laptop screen is WEIRD. My brain and body seems to be working twice as hard again to get used to reading the body language of 6 to 8 people. I’m remembering how to make small talk with people I’ve just met. I have to put on clothes which aren’t pyjamas from the waist down.

It’s made me incredibly grateful for the art form which is my trade. One of the many reasons I love improv is that, when we learn it, we get to practice socialising. 

As someone who experiences social anxiety, when I got into improv, I lapped up the opportunity in classes to follow a clear structure by which we are gently encouraged to interact with and talk to people we don’t know. Any awkward lulls or moments are navigated through by the instructor, the exercises and the focus of the session.

I was really anxious about the return to work. I’d gotten used to the 10 second commute to my living room for Zoom classes and primarily meeting people in person that I knew. I thought I might have forgotten how to words say right people understand so.

Interestingly… I felt electric after the first class. Tired, for sure, but electric having been able to safely make contact with real live people in a Covid Secure way.

One of my fears was that the 2m distancing during class, handwashing or wearing a mask on arrival would kill the playful side of improv…turns out practicing ‘acceptance’ and resilience through the improv tools of ‘happy fail’ helps us to navigate these new elements in a graceful way. I have been charmed and delighted by the stories and moments which have come up in physically distanced improv so far…

They include:

  • Groups of people connecting over zoom fatigue
  • Two people wearing giant hats as the reason why they need to keep their distance
  • Improv poetry- ‘my love is like a face mask, I carry it everywhere I go…’

And so much laughter!

By the end of the first class, the room felt relaxed and comfortable. People left smiling. Feeling a little nervous or anxious at the start was ok because everyone was feeling a little nervous or anxious. 

If you are craving social or community connection in a structured and supportive way, where distancing measures are put in place, why not sign up for an improv class?

It’s the ‘social rehabilitation’ of the COVID era.


Scenework Skills is a 4-week course capped at 7 places which starts on Monday 12th October. It is suitable for beginners and students with some improv experience looking to shake off the cobwebs. For full details of what the Theatre is doing to make the space Covid-Secure, please read this blog

During these strange and unprecedented times, the Bristol Improv Theatre is committed to finding creative ways to bring people together in an online environment.


We are experimenting with online improv classes. These will be shorter than our usual classes but will provide an opportunity to have some social contact and connect with others through playful games and exercises which will leave you laughing and (we hope) lighter in the midst of everything. 

Our trial drop-ins will be 90 minutes, 18.30 – 20.00 and we are open to all feedback on timings and delivery.

For the time being, they are free to attend with a recommended donation of £10 to support the Bristol Improv Theatre and the instructor’s time. Places are limited to 12 and you must register your attendance.

Please see below for some FAQs with much credit to our friends at the Nursery theatre.

WHAT PLATFORM ARE YOU USING?

We will be using a platform called Zoom, which is very stable and has some useful features for improv classes. These include direct messaging, break out rooms and a gallery view so you can see everyone at once. You will be sent a link to click on about an hour before the class starts, then all you have to do is follow the on screen instructions. 

HOW WILL THE CLASSES BE DIFFERENT?

There are of course, some things which are harder to do in the online space, but there are also many things that we have discovered work really well, and we are sure we will find more as we experiment. In order to provide the best experience, we will be limiting spaces to twelve to start with. We understand that people may be feeling anxious and isolated, we will be being careful about the nature of the scenes we play. We are looking to provide much needed social contact as well as improv training. 

IS THIS JUST FOR DROP IN SESSIONS?

For the moment yes. We want to understand better how this could work, but if the situation goes on for a long time, we may look at longer courses or classes at different times. Do tell us your thoughts on that on the email address below. 

IS IT JUST FOR UK PARTICIPANTS?

Classes will be conducted in English, but we are open to sign ups from anywhere. If we receive requests for classes at other times, we will provide them if we can.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE THE SESSION?

When you click on the link, your computer should do the rest for you. We highly recommend that you use a laptop rather than a tablet and please be in a private room where you will not be disturbed and make sure that your device is well charged. That’s it!

WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY?

Classes will be pay what you can afford with a recommended donation of £10 to go towards covering teachers and keeping the Bristol Improv Theatre afloat. You can donate to the campaign here

WHAT INTERNET SPEED DO I NEED TO TAKE PART?

Zoom’s minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). You can test this with https://www.speedtest.net/or by Googling ‘speed test’ and clicking ‘go’.

WHAT IF MY CONNECTION DROPS OR I HAVE OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES?

This will no doubt sometimes happen. If it does and we are unable to sort it out in time, we will either refund you or roll your place over to a new class.

WHAT IF I NEED TO TELL YOU SOMETHING?

Zoom has a facility for private messaging, so you can always message the teacher during the call, and if you have anything to suggest, or any feedback of any kind afterwards, you can email imogen@improvtheatre.net


You can see all of what’s coming up and how to join in with the online sessions here

This Valentine’s day, DJ Heart (Imogen Palmer) and DJ Broken (Caitlin Campbell) are on a mission to bring love to the lonely hearts of Bristol. And what better place to start with their crackteam of improvisers? Read on to meet the cast of Love is in the BIT, premiering this Friday at the Bristol Improv Theatre…


Sam Hall

Slightly battered but well-painted dingy floating through the sea of life. Have my fair share of barnacles but nothing titanic. Naturally buoyant, trim at the waist, stern when needed. Looking for someone to keep me afloat, tie my stomach in knots and make me keel over. Let’s drop anchor and have a glass of port. No krakens.

Sam McLaughlin

Cute, avid reader, active, with a keen sense of guilt. Enjoy picking apart conversations on my own or with friends, arranging Skype conversations and championing good dental hygiene. Seeking perfection and settling for you, take me to your favourite quiet places and we can dissect our pasts.

Ste Brown

Non-smoker, dad-joker, rum-and-coker. Bearded man with blonde hair, blue eyes and a cracking Midlands accent seeks non-bearded woman. You must enjoy improv, thumb-wrestling and find fart-jokes funny. I’m 5’9″, which is definitely the average size for a man in the UK. But it doesn’t matter anyway, because I can jump really high. I also do a mean Shetland Pony impression and own my own houseplant. His name is Frank.

Vicky Cansfield

Fun, feisty football fan. An excellent wingwoman on and off the pitch – but who’s going to make a pass and help me score? Seeking a team player who knows how to get me dribbling. I’m tired of scoring own goals, so shoot your shot! Please note that I haven’t made any explicit ball jokes, and I want some credit for that.


Love Is In The BIT is on Friday 14th February at 20:00. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased here.