I had an amazing time this weekend at Improv Utopia in Ireland. Joining over 100 improvisers from all over the world for games, workshops and loads of fun.
An opportunity to meet an improvise with folk from the USA, Ireland and other countries all in one place. I’ve been to plenty of improv conventions in America over the last ten with my comedysportz troupe, and honestly didn’t know what to expect from this – but it was every bit as cool as I’d hoped.
We took over Newgrange Lodge just North of Dublin with some expert teachers including Nick Armstrong, Katy Schutte, and Neil Curran as well as the lovely Craig and Carla Cackowski From L.A.
Watching improv people together in large groups is quite a thing to behold, and probably quite curious to the outside world. We played ‘diamond dance’ outside in the blistering sunshine. It’s a game about dance moves, but also leadership…but really – dance moves! I could see the staff of Newgrange Lodge watching us, clearly a little bewildered and amused by what they were watching.
Each workshop covered a different discipline. From group work to using emotion, character and selling yourself. The weekend reaffirmed my love for improv and how it’s a great tool for connecting and building relationships. Improv Utopia has been running for many years in the US, but this is the first time they have organised a residential outside of the US – and it proved to be a great success. Big thanks to all the guys who put it together, it felt like being in America without actually being in America.
- Improv Utopia Ireland
- Nick Armstrong
- Neil Curran
- Katy Schutte
- Carla Cackowski
- Craig Cackowski
- Jaime Moyer
- Chris Mead
- Josh Nicols
About John Cooper
He’s performed in hundreds of theatres around the UK and internationally as part of the CSz Manchester improv troupe. He has delivered workshops on how to use humour and improv in business, taking part in the BBC2 series ‘The Speaker’ and the BBC New Comedy Awards. John is author of Present Yourself! – An illustrated guide to speaking in public and building confidence.