IMPROV' WORKSHOPS - The Courtyard Playhouse The Courtyard Playhouse



Keith Johnstone Fundamentals – Saturday 18 Aug  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Character –  Saturday 25 Aug 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Fees: 315 AED for each three-hour class, or 600 AED for both drop-in classes


15 September - 25 October | Saturdays 11:00am - 1:00pm
1 575 AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)


15 September - 25 October | Saturdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
1 575 AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)


15 September - 25 October | Saturdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
1 575 AED (Six 2 hour sessions + Showcase + Social)


Dip your toes into the fun, interesting and exciting waters of improvisation. Meet others who want to try something new. DON’T PANIC is the introduction Improvisation course that will calm your fears, make you laugh and show you that there’s more to improvisation than what you might expect (it’s easier than you might expect and less pressure than you imagine). This course is great for people who love to be on stage and want to learn the core elements of improvised theatre, or for business people learning to feel comfortable with public speaking, or anyone who wants to have fun while learning to be more spontaneous, creative, playful, open and aware. Follow up this section with the PLATFORM & SPIRIT  section.


Are you developing a growing appetite for improvisation? The SPIRIT is a course of impro training that you will keep coming back to.  Always something new, the SPIRIT will push your skills and help you develop beyond the level you are currently exploring.  There will be balanced components of games, narrative, character,  theory, practice, play and personal development aiming you towards stage performance. This section of impro training will adapt to the needs of the class and is geared to those who have explored the introduction course, “DON’T PANIC!”


This workshop will concentrate on the important element of Story. The Story is everything. As with the SPIRIT section of the Playhouse Impro classes, there will still be games and character but the focus will always direct the attention to engaging the audience into the meat of the improvisation – story. We will explore various techniques and formats that bring the audience to the edge of their seats in laughter, fear, expectation and anticipation.

This section of impro can be explored after the course, “SPIRIT”.


Are you interested in taking an improv class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our Summer drop-in improv classes are open to everyone, whether you have ever improvised or not. It’s a great opportunity to practise, have some fun and meet new people!

This Summer Improv’ Drop In session will cover the fundamentals of Keith Johnstone’s approach to improv', which forms the basis of the workshops we run here at the Courtyard Playhouse.

All levels of improv experience welcome, all that is required is a great attitude and a willingness to play!



This Summer Improv’ Drop-In session will work on building strong characters and focus on how characterisation can help develop improvised scene work.

All levels of improv experience welcome, all that is required is a great attitude and a willingness to play!

This workshop will be taught by Jess Taylor.

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