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Improving your improv - new courses

Chris Satori

Improvisation is fast becoming very popular in the UK with it already being in great demand in America. If  you want to get better at thinking and speaking on your feet it's a fun and friendly way to go about it.  We Are Improv is a new improvisation group based in Lancaster. The group began in October 2011 and has so far run several popular courses. Katy Bateson who teaches the sessions has been improvising for many years and is very passionate about improv, attending courses, workshops and festival all over the UK. She wants other people to be able to enjoy the happiness, joy and exhilaration that she has experienced through improv and tells us:

'Improvisation is acting spontaneously without a script. You react to your surroundings and your fellow course mates. The courses offer a safe environment to have fun and to play with no criticism or negativity. You don't need to be a comic, you don't need to have any acting experience, all you need is you!

'Improvisation is a team activity where you are encouraged and supported by the other members of your group. You will play different games and act out scenarios to create unique scenes that will leave you smiling for days. If you are the type of person who enjoys having fun, laughing and meet new exciting, interesting people then improvisation is for you!'

The next course is a 4 week introduction to improvisation starting on Tuesday 1st of May from 7pm until 9pm. The course will run for 4 Tuesdays at the Quaker Meeting House in Lancaster and costs £20.

For more information you can contact Katy at or visit

Lancaster has another Improv group too.  ImprovXpress is also running a course (£3 per session for a nine week course) at the Lancaster Deaf Centre on Monday evenings until 10 June.  For more information on this and future ImprovXpress courses for all ages contact David Ash 01524 380176 or email