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Performing Improv Level 1: Telling Stories

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The Bristol Improv Theatre
Bristol, BS8 1LP United Kingdom
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22nd July – 2nd September | Mondays | 19:00 – 21:30

Stories and storytelling are a fundamental part of the human experience. We shape the world around us into narratives that we can understand, forming deep emotional connections to the tales that resonate with us. A keen improviser can play on this narrative instinct to craft engaging stories on the fly and leave a delighted audience asking ‘How did they do that!?’

This seven-week course combines techniques inspired by legendary improviser Keith Johnstone and Pixar Animation Studios to equip students with a formidable toolkit of storytelling techniques and skills. From confidence and communication skills to knowing how to make bold choices to keep the story alive (or deliver a surprising twist ending), you’ll train the narrative instincts that will grab and sustain your audience’s interest.

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 story skills 
  • Writers who want to explore a more spontaneous approach
  • Anyone who has learned improv elsewhere and wants to start learning with the BIT school

Class Details

This course consists of 7 sessions that last for 2.5 hours each, and will be taught by two of our experienced facilitators. Places are capped at 12. Like all our Performing Improv courses, the 7th week includes a showcase performance to a supportive audience of friends, family, and fellow students.

Price changes to our courses

Like many other small, independent businesses, over the past year the cost of running our venue has increased significantly. This has included increased utility bills and higher staff wages to ensure we maintain our Living Wage employer status by complying with the increase in the National Living Wage. Whilst we have undertaken an array of cost-saving measures throughout last year, we need to implement a small price increase to our courses to be able to continue operating with the increased costs that we are facing.

One of our primary aims at the Bristol Improv Theatre is making improv accessible to as many people as possible. But it is also important to us that our team are paid fairly and that we can ensure the longevity of the theatre. We are continually looking and applying for funding to support our work and we hugely value the support from our audiences, students and supporters, whether that’s in the form of donating to the theatre, buying tickets to our events or talking about our work with friends and family.

If the increase in price is a barrier for you, please check out our Pay It Forward scheme or drop us an email at hello@improvtheatre.net. We’re always here to listen and provide as much support as we are able to.


July 22
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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We don’t want money to be a barrier and so if you'd like to attend a course but are finding money tight, please drop us an email at hello@improvtheatre.co.uk and we'll do all we can to enable you to engage with us.