Performing Improv Level 1: Creating Characters

Explore physicality, status and relationships between characters

Wednesdays, 28th October- 18th November

19:00 – 21:00

This is part of our Performing Improv programme, which focuses on the skills to perform improv on stage.

In this course, the focus will be on building your improv skills through the lense of characterisation, using games and exercises designed to build your confidence when stepping into another person’s shoes. Physicality, status and relationships between characters are all explored.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who has completed Discovering and Intro to Performing and wants to continue their journey with the Bristol Improv Theatre School
  • Anyone who has started performing improvisation and wants to hone their skills or shake off the dust after a break.
  • Anyone who has started learning improv elsewhere and wants to join the Bristol Improv Theatre School


Caitlin Campbell has been improvising since 2011: after discovering improv at university she went on to join Degrees of Error and co-devised their flagship show ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’. She performs with The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, This Is Your Musical and The Bish Bosh Bash. Caitlin is the Bristol Improv Theatre’s Artistic Director: she also writes courses for the Theatre school and occasionally pulls pints behind the bar.

Photos by Ross Wilson

Health & Safety Statement

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 10 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

In the event of updated guidance from the government  partway through a course, the course will be transferred online and delivered through the platform Zoom.