IMPROV' - The Courtyard Playhouse The Courtyard Playhouse



Improv' is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. In its purest form, the dialogue, the action, the story and the characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without the use of an already prepared, written script.


There are four different improv' formats that we regularly perform:


Genre Improv' is a form of improvised theatre in which all the action is performed within the structure of a particular narrative style, historical era or reference from popular culture.

Every Sunday Night we present a new improvised genre format in our intimate Improv' Studio theatre:
Jane Austen Unscripted, Directors Cut the Improvised Movie, Happiness Street the Improvised Soap Opera.


The #1 improvisational theatre showdown scored by a panel of judges.

A thrilling battle between teams of the best improvisers in Al Quoz 1. Watch as they pit their acting skills against one another in a bid to win the coveted Theatresports trophy. Theatresports matches take place every Sunday before the featured Genre format.

A format devised by Keith Johnstone.


4 Directors, 6 Actors, 10 Bananas, 20 Forfeits… and a Gorilla; The perfect recipe for an exciting evening’s Theatre in Dubai – Gorilla Theatre, you’ll go Ape!

The most skilled improvisers in Al Quoz 1 take turns directing each other in improvised scenes. The audience decides if the director did a good job or not by voting to award a “banana”, or a punishment by the dreaded “forfeit”.

The director with the most bananas at the end of the show wins a week’s quality time with our resident gorilla. A Keith Johnstone format devised for experienced players.


There are 350 PowerPoint presentations given every second around the world. But none quite like this. Speechless shows off Dubai’s silly side by letting presenters live out their worst nightmare: giving a presentation with absolutely no preparation.

Speechless puts entertainers, entrepreneurs, and audience members on the spot with nothing more than a stage, a microphone and a PowerPoint deck full of surprising images that they’ve never seen.
A virtual wheel determines at random what kind of talk they have to give — it can be a TED Talk, a new app being launched, a quarterly report, even a wedding toast — and then our presenters do the best job they can to try to get through the show while attempting to leave the audience Speechless.


Fast-paced, unpredictable, and hilarious.

Ten of Dubai’s virtuoso actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. You score the players on a scale of 1 to 5 and after each round, the players with the lowest scores are eliminated.

When only one remains, they are crowned the Maestro!

A format devised by Keith Johnstone.