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Improv Co-Lab Leeds: to listen is to be kind

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Event description

Welcome to in-person, open play for improvisers, twice monthly in Leeds (West Yorkshire). With themed sessions and fun short-form games, we’ll explore and bring-to-life the principles and practice of improvisation.

This friendly, drop-in event is for improvisers of comedy and drama, keen to get more regular practice by performing, and playing games and scenes.

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I’m feeling very wintery right now, inwards, energy feels precious, fatigued. So I asked myself what do I need? What would meet me where I am? Then I thought ‘kindness’ - I’d like others to be gentle and kind to me, I’d like to do the same for them, and I’d like to do all that for myself too. And have a bit of a laugh too.

So that’s what this session is all about. We’ll get on each other’s wavelengths, make each other feel seen, heard, valued and understood as best we can (because you might be feeling wintered too). 

My theory is that to listen is to be kind - who’s up for experimenting with that?

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This event is for you, if you’re curious to:

  • Gain more improv experience.
  • Meet fellow improvisers.
  • Experiment with new improv games or ideas.
  • Form your own performance troupe.
  • Have fun and a jolly good time.

I made this for people like us - hello! 

I’m Chris Kenworthy - an enthusiastic and curious improviser (and professional coach). I travel the UK and Europe exploring improv retreats, workshops and intensives, then offer my discoveries to the group for everyone to play with. I’ve trained with The Maydays, Maria Peters, Jennifer Jordan and Chris Mead.

I’m keen to build a more connected improv scene here in Leeds. I’d also like to deepen my improv by playing with a consistent group of friendly improvisers. I’m still learning too!

This is informal play and practise for all

You’re welcome at Co-Lab whatever your improv experience. Amongst us are beginners, ex-drama students, amateur and professional actors, lapsed and experienced performing improvisers.

You’ll get the most out of this if you’re curious, open-hearted and courageous - ready to jump in and play (that’s improv!). As a newcomer, you’re welcome to come observe a few games and get a feel for our group, then join in as the session unfolds.

While Leeds Improv Co-Lab isn’t a formal class or taught lesson, you’ll be in safe hands because I’ll host and facilitate/lead the session. I’ll make sure we’re welcomed, warmed up, and that everyone plays fairly and on-time.

Please send me a message if you feel unsure about any of this (use the ‘Contact host’ button below).

What to expect 

Here’s what a typical 90-minute session looks like:

  1. Welcome and theme introduction.
  2. Check-in and agreements.
  3. Gentle warm-up.
  4. Play improv games and scenes! (+ Comfort break).
  5. Check-out and close.

Past session themes include follow your feet, character work, play it big, mischief, truth in comedy, mistakes and failure. I also invite guest teachers to host special one-off sessions.

Leeds Improv Co-Lab is a not-for-profit, community event

Your ticket covers ongoing running costs like hiring a room and admin fees. Concession tickets are available if you can’t afford to come - just ask.


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