Improv Classes Online from Newcastle UK
Learn to improvise, and grow confidence, creativity and friendships, at the Suggestibles' School of Improv.
Improvising online is fun and makes us feel connected. We need that now more than ever!
Whether you’re brand new to improv or you’ve been improvising for years, you’ll get the best training from veteran improvisers and teachers, Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin who are two of the most accomplished improv teachers in the UK, and you'll be part of our warm and welcoming community of great people who join us online from all over the world.
The Suggestibles' School of Improv is the longest-running training and performance ground for improvisers in the UK. We have been teaching improv classes and presenting improv comedy shows in Newcastle since 2003. We moved our improv classes online in April 2020 due to Covid restrictions. Our virtual improv classes are so great, they will continue when we reopen our real-world doors again.
Our improv students tend to stay with us for years, because they continue to learn new things, enjoy great company, and love the vibe we create.
We hold our online improv classes on Zoom, and the only contagious thing here is the laughter!
It’s been exciting to adapt improv to the digital space, to invent a whole new bunch of improv games, and to find fun and interesting ways of playing together online from our homes.
Whilst we initially thought moving online might be limiting for improv, we've found the opposite to be true. The virtual world has opened-up creative opportunities for us to develop improv as an artform on camera, and to continue raising skills that will be transferable to the real world later.
It was unexpected our online improv classes would have such a global reach. We've got to welcome new members from across the UK and Europe, the USA, Africa, and even as far away as Australia, and this has enriched all of our lives. After class, we open ‘the virtual pub’ to relax and get to know each other more, and we hold online improv jams, get-togethers, and awesome parties as well.
Having fun, sharing our lives and stories through these stressful times, has been a wonderful way to support each other and to keep on smiling.
A great advantage has been the ability to record our improv sessions. We give all our students private links to the videos of their classes. Keepsakes that will last forever!
You're in safe hands
Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin will stay with you every step of the way on your improv journey. They are knowledgeable, nurturing, and inspirational improv teachers; devoted to bringing out the best in people. They make even the shyest of people feel comfortable and are experts in generating confidence, creativity, and laughter. You'll find their insightful feedback significant to your growth as an improviser.
Bev and Ian are veteran improvisers and teachers with a career spans 33 years, so they have a great deal to share.
Their improv journey began in London in 1988, working with the leading lights of improvisation, such as the Comedy Store Players, Improbable Theatre, the Impro Musical Company, and Theatresports; on stage, TV, and radio; performing and teaching internationally. They developed their craft with an array of pioneering improvisers and trained with Keith Johnstone in Canada, who is their biggest inspiration.
They are founders of the Suggestibles, the Newcastle Improv Festival, and the 4 Hour Film Challenge, and winners of 4 Royal Television Society Awards for their improvisational work on camera. They work in theatrical, community, academic, cultural, and corporate settings, and have taught thousands of people across age ranges, from diverse backgrounds and walks of life.
We take Private Bookings too! If you'd like to book private improv workshops with Bev and Ian for your improv group, workteam, or friends, get in touch. Send us an email in the chatbox below, or give us a call.
"Northumbria Drama Society collaborated with The Suggestibles on a virtual improv workshop. It was AMAZING!! Bev and Ian were super friendly and respectful of everyone's different skillsets, the environment created felt super safe and engaging. They taught our society members and some drama students a variety of basic improv skills through enjoyable games and tasks. One attendee commented "full to the brim with fun at its heart", which I think sums up the whole evening. 100% recommend to anyone looking for some lockdown fun. Hopefully, we can do an in-person workshop soon!"
Phyllis Hoyle, Drama Society President, Northumbria University
Easter Improv Workshop Festival
With International Guest Teachers
Patti Stiles (Australia), Paul Vaillancourt (USA), Feña Ortalli (Spain), Pippa Evans UK.