Long Form Story-Telling Improvisation Masterclass

Ever wondered if you could perform stories that seem to appear as if by magic - working in a team to create a full length play, with complex characters, emotional journeys and a fully realised world - without a single word or character scripted in advance?

Lean how in a four session storytelling improvisation masterclasses from award-winning Cartoon De Salvo theatre company member Neil Haigh. The sessions will cover, amongst other things:

  • Originality vs Obviousness
  • What makes a story a story? - Genre
  • Playing it for real - the rewards of emotional investment in character
  • "Endowing" - yourself, other performers and the space
  • Stagecraft - transitions, sound effects etc

This exciting workshop series is ideally suited for people who love stories (and we all do!). There will be games and exercises aplenty but these is no requirement to be "wacky" or "funny".

Newcomers welcome - but geared towards those with performing experience, professional actors, writers, directors etc.

Session dates
Keep an eye on this page for updates!

Coopers' Loft price guidance
£10 per session
£35 for all four session

About Neil Haigh

Neil trained in impro for theatre with Told By An Idiot director and author John Wright. He learned long-form (storytelling) improvisation from Bay Area Theatre Sports in San Francisco, acclaimed company "True Fiction Magazine" and in the UK Comedy Store player regular Niall Ashdown and Improbable Theatre's Lee Simpson.  

He toured two sell out impro shows across the UK and at the Lyric Hammersmith (Hard Hearted Hannah) and Soho Theatre London (Made Up) and the US (Kennedy Centre Washington DC) with Cartoon De Salvo. Hannah played at the Tobacco Factory Theatres as part of Mayfest 2008 and at Bristol Jam at Bristol Old Vic in 2010.

You leave feeling like you've been at the best party in town. Magic."

Dominic Cavendish on Hard Hearted Hannah, Top Ten Comedy Shows of the Year 2008, Daily Telegraph.


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