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 use of an already prepared, written script.

There are three different show formats that we regularly perform:


Crash and burn, elimination improvised comedy where only the strong survive!

A show format invented by Keith Johnstone where a cast of approximately 10 performers are randomly chosen to improvise scenes that are awarded points by the audience. After each round the lower scoring performers are eliminated. The rounds continue until one performer, the "Maestro Improvisor" remains. 



Teams of improvisers compete for the Theatresports Trophy in scenes and games which are scored by a panel of judges .

Keith Johnstone created Theatresports as a response to two main concerns. The first was the audience. Why, he wondered, did things like sporting events draw so well while theaters were half empty? Could it be that the connotations of "culture" kept people away? People would go to a football game without knowing beforehand if it would be a good game; they were, however, assured of excitement and the opportunity to participate, to vocalize, and to invest something of themselves in the event and the outcome. 

Gorilla Improv'

Our best performers 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.



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.

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