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America Improv Training and The Edinburgh Fringe

This summer I attended the annual Comedysportz Championship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for shows and improv workshops. Then headed straight to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. It was an intense and enjoyable three weeks of of improv training and performing.

There’s nothing in the UK that’s really comparable the annual improv championship. It’s not really a competition,  more a convention of comedy shows and improv workshops where performers from all over the us – and UK – come together for one week to collaborate and learn new skills.

Improv is on the rise in the UK, but no where near as well established as it is in the US, with it’s dedicating schools of improvisation, not just for performance skill, but also as a tool for learning.… Continue Reading

2018 – Lots of little experiments.

Looking back 2018 has been about loads of little experiments. Moving in new circles to learn, create opportunities, and push in new directions. This blog is a little bit of a humble-brag, but it’s worth reflecting on the ups and downs of the year past, to help plan the year ahead.

In early 2018 I was involved with Manchester’s Business Growth Hub ‘Spark 2 Scale’ programme – had lots of help with business plans for my workshop using stand up comedy skills for public speaking ‘Present Yourself‘ – based on the book from 2017. I was invited to run it as part of their special events, which in turn led to a few engagements at Manchester’s Google Digital Garage.… Continue Reading