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Welcome to The British Improv Project!

Our goals are:

  • To raise the overall standard of improvisation across Britain
  • To enhance the profile and raise awareness of improv as an art form
  • To build a network of improvisers around the country, and bring the national community together
  • To create fun, co-operative events, where improvisers of every level can learn, work, and play together.

The British Improv Project is managed by Geoff Monk & Tom Young, and run with a co-op ethos.

Geoff is in charge of the events’ administration. He’s a founding member of Nottingham’s MissImp, and currently runs the Nottingham Improvised Comedy Experience.

Tom is in charge of programming and training. He’s a founding member of The Same Faces (based in Leicester & Northampton), and is also the group’s director, as well as teaching multiple improv workshops per week, to various age groups.

Our Next Event

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Stoke Rochford Hall is just south of Grantham off the A1.
A really beautiful venue, which suits our needs brilliantly.

The nearest station is in Grantham (6 miles), and it’s relatively easy to find for those driving.  Pickup from the station may be available from volunteer attendees or there’s Uber/taxis. 

As always, this event will be run on a co-op ethos, and without a desire to make any profit. The usual great range of workshops are taught by those attending the event, featuring some of the UK’s most experienced improvisers & workshop leaders.

The co-op ethos means that we can bring you these weekends for outstanding value.
The cost of this event will be £160pp twin share/double room, or £190pp for a single room.

We’ll also be offering a Day Rate of £50. This is specifically for the Saturday (the only full day), and includes both lunch & dinner, but no accommodation.

The initial deposit is £50 with the balance due of either £110 (double/twin) or £140 (single).
The cost includes all teaching, food, and accommodation – you only need to pay for your alcohol (attendees of previous events should note that Stoke Rochford Hall’s bar will remain open until around midnight.)

Arrive on Friday and check in from 2pm. Go for a swim or use the gym (£5 extra payable at point of use covers the whole weekend). Registration begins at 5pm, then we have a warmup and workshop at 6pm, with dinner around 7.30pm. With all food an accommodation covered in your rate, the weekend concludes with lunch on Sunday. If you arrive by train, we suggest you book your return for after 3pm.

Booking will be available via this page and we look forward to seeing you in 2021


Main reception area
Our dining area
A typical double bedroom

During one of the evening jams in our performance space

History

In 2015, Geoff Monk (Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience (NICE)/MissImp) had an idea to go to Edale YHA for a weekend of improv, where participants from groups across the Midlands would draw on each other’s experience and lead workshops. Hoping that about 20 might go, 32 showed up that November! It was so popular that this quickly led to the idea that the event would be repeated twice a year in various Midlands locations. Tom Young (The Same Faces) volunteered to co-host the events and in the Spring of 2016 we went to Hothorpe Hall with over 50 improvisers! Two more events followed at the Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor and Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire.

“UK Improv Weekends and Events” became a temporary name, then as of May 2017 the organisation was re-branded as “The British Improv Project” as our participant base are not just from the Midlands, but from all over the UK, Germany, and the USA. 

November 2019 marked our 10th event, now at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham where nearly 80 attended. That was due to continue in April & November of 2020, but Covid19 cancelled both. The next event is eagerly anticipated once restrictions are relaxed.

Geoff Monk & Tom Young are the joint organisers of The BIP, and continue to provide affordable, top quality improv training, outside of London.

Geoff Monk (Left) & Tom Young (Right) – co-organisers of the British Improv Project

News

The Improv Map of The World

A project started by the Suggestibles in Newcastle, check if your group is on the map and if it isn’t, email hello@thesuggestibles.co.uk with your Gmail address and they will give you edit permission to drop your pin, add your info and weblinks. NB You need a gmail address to edit the map.

Autumn Gathering 2017 is over; Spring 2018 date announced; merchandise available

I write this having just returned from the BIP Autumn Gathering 2017. From an improv perspective, another hugely successful and enjoyable weekend (despite a few teething problems with the new venue), which featured over 60 improvisers gathering together from across the country (and around the world!). We’ll be back at Scalford Hall, Melton Mowbray (hopefully …

Contact

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