Performing Improv Level 1: Creating Characters

5th September – 17th October

Mondays | 19:00 – 21:30

Performing Improv L1 is a programme of three seven-week classes, which rotate throughout the year: Creating Characters, Telling Stories and Making a Scene. 

Each course approaches performing improvisation through a different lens and teaches you a new set of skills. They can be taken in any order, or completed individually.

All the courses end with a showcase for invited family and friends to share what you’ve learned.

In this course, the focus will be on building your improv skills through the lens 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, culminating in a showcase event at the end where you can apply the skills you’ve learnt in the company of a supportive audience.

Who is this course for?
  • Students who have completed Discovering Improv & Intro to Performing Improv and want to take the next step
  • Performers who have some improv experience and want to develop their improvised characterisation skills 
  • Anyone who has learned improv elsewhere and wants to start learning with the BIT school


This is a 7-week course, capped at 12 participants, plus up to 2 instructors (14 in total). It will take place in the bar space of the Bristol Improv Theatre.

If you have any accommodations or access needs, questions, feedback or concerns about the classes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our theatre school manager at


Cat Murphy

Cat Murphy has been teaching with the Bristol Improv Theatre for over two years. She performs and directs with BIT Associate Companies Tales of Adventure & The Bish Bosh Bash, as well as the Longform company Last Day on Earth. She began directing with Novato Theatre Company, making her debut with her show “Second Sun”, and turned her hand to improv with The Unscripted Players, where she directed her avant-garde improv show ‘The Stuff of Dreams’. She is now the show director of ‘The Bish Bosh Bash’ and directed the BIT’s most recent Christmas Show “Merry Christmas (despite the current circumstances)”.  She is a qualified yoga teacher and holds a degree in Drama with Psychology from Bath Spa University.

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