Postponed Courses & Flexible Booking

All students who had a booking with us on a course which was postponed in March 2020 will be contacted with the opportunity to transfer this booking in exchange for one of our new learning opportunities this Autumn, either online or in person.

When you book an in-person class or course with us, our new policy means that if you develop Covid symptoms and need to stay at home, you can exchange your class for an online option or a future face-to-face date. 


FAQs

What happens if there’s a second lockdown during my course?

We have shortened our in person courses to make them four weeks long. This gives greater flexibility if we do need to stop the course part-way through to accommodate for a local lockdown. You will be given the option to exchange your remaining sessions for online options or keep them as a credit note for when face-to-face classes can restart.


What happens if I’m ill or need to self-isolate?

Please stay at home. Email hello@improvtheatre.co.uk and we will happily arrange an exchange class or course for you.


Instead of an exchange, can I get a refund?

If you are moving away from the country then yes please let us know and we’ll process that for you. If you are still in or near Bristol though we would really appreciate it if you could do the rescheduled dates or do a credit for a future booking instead as it really helps us out in this tricky year. However we know many of you will have had jobs and income lost through lockdown so if you would prefer a refund because of this please do let us know and we will send this over to you.

We have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes are Covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure physically-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful.

We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.


What we are doing

Reduced Class Sizes

Class sizes have reduced from a maximum of 16 to a maximum of 9 with the instructor. This is to help maintain physical distancing of 2m in the theatre space.  

Improved Ventilation

The doors to the theatre space are opened regularly to ventilate the room

Improved Cleaning

All rooms are thoroughly cleaned before the workshop starts and in-between classes.

Hand Washing Facilities

Hand washing & gel is available on entrance, in toilet areas and in the theatre space. 

Booking Flexibility

We are giving you full flexibility on all bookings, past, present and future.

Non-Contact Games

We’ve redesigned our games and exercises and trained our teachers to have non-contact and at-a-distance versions of all games.

An opportunity to connect 

What we offer is an opportunity to connect with others within clear physically distanced boundaries. This will be different but we can assure you it will still be joyous and fun!

What we expect from you


To see all of our available classes please look at our what’s on page

The Bristol Improv Theatre is a community-focused, independent local theatre. Since March we have been steering our organisation through lockdown, moving a great deal of our programming online thanks to the passion and dedication of our staff team and associated artists. We are now looking for a friendly and ambitious individual to join us on a fixed term basis to help us communicate with our audiences and community as we navigate the next phase of our Covid response. 

We are looking for a fixed-term marketing manager to be responsible for managing the organisation’s communications and marketing initiatives. They will use market research and analysis to direct marketing strategy and planning and delivery of all promotional materials and marketing campaigns.

The most suitable applicants will have the following

  • Detailed knowledge of the UK theatre scene
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in marketing or related fields
  • Proven analytical and project management skills
  • 1 years experience in a relevant field
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Timekeeping and personal organisation skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to problem solve

The following are desirable skills:

  • Knowledge of the UK improvisational scene
  • Knowledge of the Bristol local arts scene
  • Flexibility to devote additional hours if required
  • Working knowledge of graphic design programmes such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Knowledge of SEO, Google Ads and Google Analytics
  • Experience of creating data-driven processes 
  • Experience in Event Management 

Key Role Responsibilities

  • Managing and co-creating all marketing for the organisation and activities within the marketing department
  • Developing the marketing strategy for the company in line with organisation objectives
  • Coordinating marketing campaigns with sales activities
  • Tracking financial spend of marketing activities and monitoring return on investment
  • Creating and publishing marketing material in line with marketing plans
  • Preparing online and print marketing campaigns
  • Monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of marketing communications
  • Creating a wide range of different marketing materials and strategies
  • Regularly updating management and other staff in team meetings on marketing activities 
  • Analysing potential strategic partner relationships for company marketing
  • Working with the venue hire, programme manager and theatre school manager to promote the theatre’s offering
  • Engaging and maintaining local and national press to build the theatre’s reputation as a home for improvised theatre
  • Identifying and forming relationships with corporate clients and local businesses to boost sales and profile of shows and theatre school training
  • Any other tasks as deemed necessary by the theatre manager

Useful Information For Applicants

  • This venue is LGBT+ friendly and practices a Safe Space policy.
  • Position: Part-Time, fixed term (6 months)
  • Hours: 20 hours a week, with the possibility of more hours upon agreement.
  • Pay: £16,380 pro rata (please note – all staff at the Bristol Improv are currently paid a universal flat rate of £9ph, including directors. We are a start up, and work together constantly to increase wages across the organisation)
  • Training: Full training provided.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter of no more than 500 words to hr@improvtheatre.co.uk before midday on Friday 28th August.

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