The Suggestibles' School of Improv


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Improv Retreat, newcastle, northumberland

Improv Retreat

24th to 27th July 2020

4pm Friday to 10am Monday

Deneholme Country House

Allendale, Northumberland, NE47 9PX

Over a long weekend this summer, in a huge Edwardian mansion, in its own 5 acres of grounds by the tranquil village of Allendale, 30 or so improvisers will immerse themselves in what they love most... Improv!

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2 full days of workshops. 3 evenings of jams and shows together, and for each other. Late-night chats around the campfire. Party-time and Chill-time.


The Carry On Improvising Improv Retreat promises to be full of laughter. A fun and unforgettable experience. Time to improvise, get to know each-other, and get away from it all.

School of Improv teachers, Bev Fox, Ian McLaughlin, Jenni Winter, Naz Kourgli and John Mawer will be your facilitators for the workshops and evening events. We are tailoring the retreat to best suit the participants involved, and details of the schedule will be forthcoming.

There are two workshop areas indoors, so there will be two workshops running side-by-side most of the time, with breathing space to jam and develop ideas towards evening performances, supported by our practitioners. There's loads of lovely communal areas too, inside and out, and plenty of space for privacy.  


Expect 8-14 members per workshop, with full group morning warm-ups and relaxed show-backs, jams, cabarets, dancing, and fun challenges going on too . It's likely a few more local Newcastle improv friends will drop-by in the evenings.

Allendale Village is 10mins walk away with 3 pubs and co-op store.


We are bringing our own chef! So you will be well catered for (food allergies/tolerances/preferences included). We plan on big breakfasts to get the energy started, packed or buffet lunches to keep the creativity flowing, and evening barbies to while away the hours.  There's plenty of fridge space for you to bring your own treats, booze etc. 


Deneholme is rated as 3-star accommodation. The 11 bedrooms are situated on the first floor across two wings. Whilst the house can sleep well over 40, we are limiting accommodation to only 24 guests (and some members of our team).  The bedrooms are fairly basic, but comfortable and ample for your needs. They range from smaller bunk-rooms sleeping up to 4 (with sinks inside the room, and showers/loos outside your door in the hallway), to more spacious bunk-rooms up to 8, with some en-suites for 1-4. As we are limiting numbers and spreading the capacity of rooms, there will be plenty of space to suit sleepy-heads or party-goers.


All linen is provided. You just need to bring your own towel. 


The all inclusive price for the whole weekend is £250 for most, up to £300 per person for some of the smaller rooms or en-suites. 


We are currently taking £50 deposits to secure each space. The balance can be paid once you've booked, or in instalments. Complete payment will be required no later than one month before the retreat, by 24th June. 

We will allocate sleeping arrangements to suit your budget and preferences the very best we can. The sooner you express your interest the better, to help us accommodate you. We won't take deposits until we have discussed your preferences.


There are 7 places left at the moment. 

To Express Your Interest:


Email: marked 'Retreat'. Please include your phone number in the message, and tell us a little bit about your improv experience (if you're unknown to us). Also feel free to get in touch with any questions.


We'll get back to you real soon.

N.B. This retreat is not suitable for Beginners, but there's opportunity to book onto one of our Evening Beginners Improv Courses in Newcastle in the meantime. The next School of Improv Beginners Course starts 23rd March.

Re Travel:

Allendale is a 50min drive from Newcastle. We expect it will be easiest to share cars from town (or cabs from Hexham train station - 20mins drive) which we will help to arrange.