Genre Study: Improvising Film Noir with Stephen Clements

Genre Study: Improvising Film Noir with Stephen Clements

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd January


Improvised theatre in the UK has a great tradition of adapting genres for the stage, and every great genre improv show is a love letter to the work that inspires it. 

Part improv workshop, part seminar, this two-day weekend class will equip you with a toolkit for creating improvised genre and narrative shows, culminating in a sharing where you can showcase your work to an invited audience.

Focusing on film noir, we will explore the various elements that bring genre to life, from physicality and language techniques to creating formats and incorporating tropes. 

Some experience of improvisation is advised, and it probably helps if you like film noir.

Using exercises and tools gathered from a career in creating and performing improvised genre and narrative shows, this weekend intensive is perfect for any students looking to build confidence in creating their own work, or anyone looking to take the next step in their journey with improvised narrative.

Places are capped at 12. There will be a sharing at 4pm on the Sunday for you to invite friends and family to.


Stephen Clements has been improvising for thirteen years and teaching for eight, and is a founder of the Bristol Improv Theatre. Stephen is a founding member of Degrees of Error Theatre Company and helped to create their flagship show Murder, She Didn’t Write. He also performs regularly with Tally Ho productions in Steves & Wooster and Holy Unauthorised Improvised Parody, Batman! and is Games Master for the Bristol Improv Theatre’s cult hit Tales of Adventure. Stephen holds a PGCE in mathematics.