Improvisation Level 1

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Key information:

Course dates:
Wednesday evenings, 26 April–31 May 2023
Course times:
Art form:
5pm, Friday 21 April 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Evening Courses | Summer Courses (April–June)

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 21 April 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Wednesday evenings, 26 April, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 2023


About Improvisation, Level 1 

Join this exciting six-week evening course for fun and enjoyable evenings of comedy and drama improvisation. Meet and learn with like-minded individuals and brighten up your week while enhancing your skills in creative thinking, teamwork and storytelling.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with a passion for comedy, professionals seeking a fun hobby, or anyone wanting to try something new and stimulating.

What can I expect?

In addition to enhancing your wellbeing, improvisation can help improve your professional and interpersonal skills. The sessions will build your confidence in communication, active listening and teamwork - all whilst having fun, in a safe and supportive environment.

The course includes sessions on:

  • Play, spontaneity and freedom
  • Cooperation
  • Making brave choices
  • Developing confidence
  • Storytelling
  • Embodying character and communicating emotions

At the end of this course you will have gained an overview of the main principles, uses and benefits of improvisation and how to apply them both in performance and your day-to-day life.

Course Fee

Book Now
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 21 April 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.


About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Tom Machell and Fred Lancaster.  

Tom Machell is an actor, improvisor and writer. Trained at The New York Film Academy and National Youth Theatre, he is currently a series regular on Comedy Central’s sketch show Every Blank Ever. Notable TV and film credits  include Emmerdale (ITV), Hullraisers (Channel 4), Sparks (Channel 4), Babs (BBC), Jerk (BBC), Doctors (BBC) and The Keeper.

He writes and performs with his comedy group zazU who have had five successful Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre runs and currently developing their work for TV and audio. 

He is an award-winning writer, winning the UK Film Festival Best and Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival 2021 'best short script'. He is part of the prestigious current cohort of BAFTA crew for 2021/22. 

Fred Lancaster trained as an actor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He worked in the industry for over a decade before obtaining a PGCE in Drama from Goldsmiths College. He has worked extensively as a director, teacher and workshop facilitator in the UK, US and Europe.

His work as an actor includes This House (National Theatre), Henry V (West End), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre), Rope (Theatre Royal Ipswich).

Film and TV credits include Inside the Titanic (Discovery Channel), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV), No Shade (British Urban Film Festival).

He has taught at Guildhall on the Acting Summer School, the Preliminary Acting Course, and the Improvisation short courses Levels 1 & 2.

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