The first ever Newcastle Improv Festival ran over 9 glorious days and nights from 27th July to 4th August 2019. There were 35 events of shows, workshops and activities for adults and for children, presented by local and national artists. The festival was hosted by the Suggestibles in celebration of their 15th anniversary year. It was held at Alphabetti Theatre (festival hub) The Cumberland Arms, Seven Stories, The Stand Comedy Club and Jurys Inn.
There were over 60 performers. Over 80 people took-part on-stage, and 40 filmmakers in our 4 Hour Film Challenge. More than a thousand visitors came. Without Arts funding, Suggestibles' founders Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin took the risk themselves, aided with the enthusiasm and hands-on support from School of Improv's volunteers and friends. The festival proved to be a big success!
Plans are afoot for 2020 with the long-term aim of making Newcastle Improv Festival an annual cultural event. Stay tuned for news on our social media pages.