Intermediate Improv: Scenework skills with Imogen Palmer

Intermediate Improv: Scenework skills with Imogen Palmer

Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, 28th September – 19th October


Scenes are the slices which make up the pizza of the improvised story. 

In this course, we look at the different ingredients which can be used to start & develop a scene and how we can use our environment and mime work to ‘show’ the story rather than ‘tell’ it, inspired by the world of revolutionary improv teacher Viola Spolin.

These techniques can make our improvised scenes even more engaging, satisfying to perform and watch and helps us to practice communicating with our whole body rather than just with our heads. Perfect for anyone looking for a break from Zoom communication. 

Some improv or performance experience is recommended because there will be personalised coaching and feedback.


In a post-COVID world, we want to give people the opportunity to connect with each other whilst learning valuable skills in a controlled and friendly environment. 

Our classes are capped at 9 people (including instructors) so we can maintain 2m physical distancing throughout the session. 

We encourage students to wear masks when observing in the audience and hand gel & washing facilities will be readily available. 

A full list of what we’re doing to make the building Covid-Secure and what we expect from students is available here.

Feeling unwell? Please stay at home. We’re offering a flexible class exchange policy which you can read about here.


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.