Being a Difficult Woman

15th March- 3rd May (No session 5th April)
Mondays | 19:30 – 21:30

Do you catch yourself apologising all the time?

Are you scared to speak up in meetings, rehearsals or social situations?

Are you scared of being called, or have you ever been called a ‘Difficult Woman?’

In this 8-week online course**, we embrace the term. Using a combination of discussion, personal reflection,  improv games and exercises, we will build a Difficult Woman toolkit to help us practice:

  • Expressing our views
  • Vocally supporting other women and oppressed groups
  • The art of not apologising for ourselves and making apologies matter
  • Saying no and respecting when others’ set their boundaries
  • Giving and receiving compliments

In the words of Audre Lorde:

‘Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. ‘

*Please note: We are using an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and ‘female’ and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

**No class 5th April. The 8th session will be a review class which will take place Sunday 6th June, 19:00 – 21:00 (GMT).

Places are capped at 12. No improv experience is needed but please note that we will be using improvised role play scenarios as part of the learning. There will be a small piece of homework each week such as listen to part of a podcast, a short talk or to reflect on something. 

Each class will be followed by optional social chat. 

Feedback from attendees

As soon as the workshop finished I straightaway described to two friends how I enjoyed the workshop: it felt a really safe space and I was really happy to be listening to other womxn and their experiences while reflecting on my own. The workshop explored topics like people pleasing, apologising, female competition and boundaries. I found the exercises enjoyable and it gave me lots to think about.’

‘An empowering workshop in helping you reclaim/use your power through improvisation’

‘Awesome. Well structured, superbly led and very worthwhile.’

Fun activities focussing on key areas where we struggle as women and get in our own way‘

About the Instructor

Imogen Palmer is the Theatre School Manager of The Bristol Improv Theatre and the Artistic Director of The Delight Collective. Shows include IMOGENÉ:the improvised pop concert (★★★★★ ‘IMOGENÉ is the loud, proud and unapologetic performer we all need right now’ – DIVA Magazine), The Bish Bosh Bash  (★★★★★ – Bristol 247) and International Women’s Day special ‘If These Walls Could Talk’.

She began teaching improvisation whilst training full-time at the award-winning Howard Fine Acting Studio in Melbourne and training and performing with Impro Melbourne. She regularly tops up her training with improvisation and clown masters including Patti Stiles (Loose Moose Theatre), Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski), Jill Bernard (HUGE Theatre), the Showstoppers and Jason Shotts (IO Chicago). Since lockdown she has been developing her online teaching skills with regular classes for both adults and children and performing online via The Bristol Improv Theatre’s Twitch TV Live Stream.

You can find out more about The Delight Collective’s shows and classes on their website