The Suggestibles' School of Improv in Newcastle upon Tyne

Learn the art of Improvisation in-person and online at the longest-running training and performance ground for improvisers in the UK, since 2003.

 

REAL WORLD

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Our programme of in-person improv classes has resumed with 4 levels of classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

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VIRTUAL WORLD

Our online improv classes, which were ongoing throughout the pandemic, continue weekly Thursdays, and online Jams are twice monthly Saturdays.

Welcoming you back safely!

Your safety is our priority. To enable us to improvise in-person and more freely, our Covid Policy includes the requirement for all attendees to be double vaccinated (unless immune or exempt).

You're in safe hands. Our programme is led by by Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin, founders of the Suggestibles and School of Improv. Both with a 33-year career working as professional improvisers in theatre, film, TV and radio, they are two of the most accomplished and experienced improv teaching artists in the UK. Read more about your teachers.

Bev and Ian will stay with you every step of the way on your improv journey. You'll find them knowledgeable, nurturing, and inspirational improv teachers; devoted to bringing out the best in each and and every one of our students. 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.

Our improv community is built on trust, friendship and a real passion for improvisation. Our members come from all sorts of backgrounds and walks-of-life; many who have been with us for a decade or more, and always supportive to newcomers.

 

Whether you're totally new to improv seeking an artistic hobby or creative outlet, or a professional actor or writer wanting to develop your skills and ignite new inspiration, you're sure to find a class that's suitable for you, and a warm welcome.

Student Testimonials

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I went from being terrified to talk to a group to being able to perform unscripted shows to a sold-out theatre in a matter of months. These workshops have really brought me out of my shell.

- ANDREW MILLER, UK

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UPCOMING CLASSES

 

Pricing

  • Improvers Improv Classes (L2) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Improvers Improv Classes (L2) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Multiple Dates
    Info & Bookings
    26 Oct, 19:00 – 21:15
    Jurys Inn, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD, UK
    Level 2. Develops the fundamentals of improv, strengthens your short-form skills with games & short acted scenes, introduces you to more improv and stage-craft techniques.
  • Beginners Improv Course (L1) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Beginners Improv Course (L1) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Multiple Dates
    Info & Bookings
    26 Oct, 19:00 – 21:15
    Jurys Inn, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD, UK
    Level 1. Learn the guiding principles of improv, acquire the tools and techniques that enable and enhance confidence, creativity, communication and performance skills. Emerge with a solid foundation in the basics of improvising and acting without a script - which all come in handy on 'the stage we c
  • Headway Improv Classes (L3) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Headway Improv Classes (L3) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Multiple Dates
    Info & Bookings
    27 Oct, 19:00 – 21:15
    Jurys Inn, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD, UK
    Level 3. Stretches you from short-form to long-form & narrative improv with extended scene-work, & keeps your short-form skills tuned with quick-fire games at times.
  • Advanced Improv Classes (L4) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Advanced Improv Classes (L4) at Jurys Inn Newcastle
    Multiple Dates
    Info & Bookings
    27 Oct, 19:00 – 21:15
    Jurys Inn, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD, UK
    Level 4. Narrative and long-form improv, characters, stage-craft, acting skills, and occasional games to keep your short-form skills sharp.
  • Improv Fix Classes (L3-4) Online Zoom
    Improv Fix Classes (L3-4) Online Zoom
    Multiple Dates
    Info & Bookings
    28 Oct, 19:00 – 21:15 BST
    Zoom
    Level 3-4. Held on Zoom, these will stretch and challenge you, primarily in scene-work and narrative, whilst keeping your short-form skills sharp with pacey warm-ups and occasional games.
  • Improv Jams (L2-4) Online Zoom
    Improv Jams (L2-4) Online Zoom
    Multiple Dates
    Info & Bookings
    06 Nov, 20:00 – 22:00 GMT
    Online Zoom
    Practice scenes and some of the improv games we play in class and get-together socially for fun!
  • No extra ticket charges. The booking fee is included.

  • A 10% discount is applied when you book 6 (or more) classes in a term.

  • You can combine 6 (or more) in-person and online classes per term to get the 10% discount.

  • Beginners, as a 6-class course, is already discounted.

 

Standard

IN-PERSON Classes

Standard Ticket Prices

Each class is 2 hours and 15 mins in length. Class sizes are restricted to a max of 8 or 10 students depending on the size of the room to maintain a safe space.

in-person STANDARD

Per Class

Standard price for in-person classes booked individually

£20

in-person STANDARD

6 Single Classes

Your cost for 6 in-person classes if booked one at a time

£120

in-person STANDARD

Discounted Class

Your per-class cost when booking a term of 6

£18

in-person STANDARD

Term of 6 Classes

Your cost for booking 6 classes in a term in one go

£108

Online Classes

Standard Ticket Prices

Each class is 2 hours and 15 mins in length. Online class sizes go up to 16, but with a maximum group size of 10 per teacher, split into 2 breakout rooms.

ONLINE STANDARD

Per Class

Standard price for online classes booked individually

£16

ONLINE STANDARD

6 Single Classes

Your cost for 6 online classes if booked one at a time

£96

ONLINE STANDARD

Discounted Class

Your per-class cost when booking a term of 6

£14.40

ONLINE STANDARD

Term of 6 Classes

Your cost for booking 6 classes in a term in one go

£86.40

 

Concessions

Discounted tickets are available to attendees who are:

  • Full-time students

  • Actors’ Equity members

  • Unemployed and in receipt of benefit (e.g. universal credit)

  • Low-waged (e.g. working on minimum/living wage, or as a single parent, or only part-time hours available to you).

  • 18-21 years of age.

  • Retired

  • Actors’ Equity members

in-person Classes

Concession Ticket Prices

Each class is 2 hours and 15 mins in length. Class sizes are restricted to a max of 8 or 10 students depending on the size of the room to maintain a safe space.

IN-PERSON CONCESSIONS

Per Class

Concession price for in-person classes booked individually

£16

IN-PERSON CONCESSIONS

6 Single Classes

Your cost for 6 in-person classes booked one at a time.

£96

IN-PERSON CONCESSIONS

Discounted Class

Your per-class cost when booking a term of 6

£14.40

IN-PERSON CONCESSIONS

Term of 6 Classes

Your cost for booking 6 classes in a term in one go

£86.40

Online Classes

Concession Ticket Prices

Each class is 2 hours and 15 mins in length. Online class sizes go up to 16, but with a maximum group size of 10 per teacher, split into 2 breakout rooms.

ONLINE CONCESSIONS

Per Class

Concession price for online classes booked individually

£13

ONLINE CONCESSIONS

6 Single Classes

Your cost for 6 online classes if booked one at a time.

£78

ONLINE CONCESSIONS

Discounted Class

Your per-class cost when booking a term of 6

£11.70

ONLINE CONCESSIONS

Term of 6 Classes

Your cost for booking 6 classes in a term in one go

£70.80

Your Teachers, Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin

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Bev and Ian are veteran improvisers and teachers. 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 or give us a call.

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"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