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Please find reviews and testimonials on our work, and further insight into our Festival programme and artists we hope you will support.
NiF Creative Producer
NiF Artistic Director
Directors and founder-members of 'The Suggestibles' improv group of performing and teaching artists, and 'The Suggestibles' School of Improv'.
“Ian and Bev are experts in their field. They have created a new community of artists and play an important link in the development of audiences in the region. ”
Max Roberts. Emeritus Director at Live Theatre
The Suggestibles at Northern Stage Annual shows from 2007-2019
Photos from 2017
[Excerpt] Thank-you letter to The Suggestibles following our Improvised Shakespeare performance at The Globe in 2005
“I was exhausted with laughing so much during the show, but was so deeply happy inside. So much brilliant irreverent creation and imagination from you all."
Mark Rylance, Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe 1995-2005
"Yet the Suggestibles are extremely serious about the art of fooling around. Since their formation, four years ago at Newcastle Live Theatre, the company has become one of the hottest comedy tickets in the north-east. They even had a short film shown at this year's BAFTAs, and will be presenting a fully improvised "instant musical" at Northern Stage, Newcastle, this week: responding to audience suggestions, they will attempt to create a brand new West End musical every night.
Despite the burgeoning profile, the group sometimes feel their edgy work is looked down on by more "legitimate" forms of theatre. "Improvisation doesn't really get full credit as an art form in its own right," says Kitching [Suggestibles member]. "It's assumed that something spur-of-the-moment doesn't have lasting value. Yet teaching someone how to think on their feet is far more useful than teaching them how to act."
It is striking to see how quickly a few simple games and techniques can transform truculent teenagers into enthusiastic and enterprising problem-solvers."
School of Improv members of our workshops in our monthly participation shows at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
"These workshops go beyond improvisation, they help you decipher life, cultivate a creative approach in which you learn acceptance and how to say 'yes'. Failure too is always an option meaning your success is built on having a go not necessarily being the best! This may be the best life learning workshop you ever attend."
Les Watts, School of Improv Workshop Participant (Musician and Teacher)
<< Santo Consollo, Participant, Suggestibles' School of Improv Masterclass at Teatro Impulso, Sicily 2018
"We were from a different country using a different language, but with Bev and the magic of Improv, we became a whole and broke all the barriers we have on our daily life."
Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin, and our core company of Suggestibles' artists will be performing at NiF, and leading several workshops and participatory shows.
Let us introduce to you some of the other local and traveling artists who will be performing and teaching with us.
Saturday 27th July to Sunday 4th August 2019
An explosion of improvised theatre and comedy, music, dance, creative media and FUN this summer.
Shows, workshops and activities for ALL
Alphabetti Theatre, Seven Stories, The Stand, The Cumberland Arms and Jurys Inn.
Oxford Duo, Dragprov
Performing Tuesday 30th July
THE PINK TIMES
MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW
THE OXFORD TIMES
Bad Taste Cru
International touring and multi-award-winning dance troupe (from Northern Ireland, based in the Northeast Newcastle.) Performing a brand new collaboration with NiF Artist Director Ian McLaughlin, plus a Young People's Participation show Friday 2nd August. Delivering workshops for children, young people and adults, in hip-hop culture spoken word and dance from Weds 31st July to Friday 2nd Aug.
Stella Duffy O.B.E
International Author, Director, Improviser and NiF Patron
Leading full-day Writers for Improv Workshop, Panel Q&A Discussion Saturday 3rd August
Beccy Owen's Pop-Up Choir
Free Workshops and Performance
Tues 30th July and Saturday 3rd Aug
Gary Kitching, Writer, Actor and Improvisor with The Suggestibles will be reviving his semi-scripted-half-improvised-one-and-a-half-man-show Me and Mr. C. Originally directed in 2012 by Lorne Campbell, Northern Stage Artistic Director, the show changes director and storyline with each new audience - this time with Bev Fox.
Liz Pavey, Northumbria University, Senior Lecturer in Dance, Northumbria University and Co-founder of Dance Improv Northeast. Presenting a taster workshop and Performance in Contact-Improv, Fri 2nd Aug.
There will be Laughter Yoga led by Melissa from Unwind B Calm. (The mindfulness of Yoga and Improvisation are more connected than you may initially think).....
... and more improvisational discoveries for Children and Families to get involved in. (Photo from The Suggestibles' Enid Blyton Project with Seven Stories)
Artistic Director of Olivier Award Winning 'Showstopper!"
Performing in a brand new collaboration with the Suggestibles, and delivering a Masterclass on Sunday 28th July
US Improviser, Director and Co-founder of the Edinburgh International Improv Festival will be performing with his Glasgow-based improv company - Couch, and delivering 2 masterclasses on Thurs 1st and Friday 2nd Aug.
Suki Webster, TV Producer and Improviser presents her hit London Improv show 'Guest Speaker' with guest artists from the the Newcastle Improv Festival
"Whatever the subject matter, from working with vulnerable children at Seven Stories to interviewing the country’s leading authors and illustrator’s, Bev and Ian’s sensitive and insightful way of working guarantees that they are able to capture an engaging insight and an emotional connection to the audience who then gets to enjoy their work."
Programme Director, Seven Stories, 2006-2016
"Bev and Ian are such a creative team, and so very professional and friendly, which is important to me as the process of working with teachers and children requires a clear, relaxed and fun approach. I strongly recommend working with them."