"I feel like I can conquer anything when I leave one of your workshops"
At School of Improv, we believe in the power of improvisation to help you build a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you. We provide a safe and supportive space for adults of all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative side and to make meaningful connections with others.
Our program of classes, workshops and performance events are designed to help our students find their own unique voice and to express themselves authentically. Activities are engaging, playful, full of fun and lifelong learning. Our experienced teachers are passionate about nurturing untapped talent and helping our students reach their full creative potential and sense of wellbeing. We are dedicated to helping everyone discover and develop their artistic talents, build confidence and free inhibitions, foster critical thinking skills, release their imagination, and find creative fulfillment.
Whether you’re just starting out or already have experience, you’re sure to find something that will challenge and excite you at School of Improv.
"This may be the best life learning workshop you ever attend"
Who What Where When
Our regular program offers 4 levels of in-person classes from absolute Beginners to Advanced levels and also Musical Improv classes. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7-9.15pm at Leonardo Hotel near Newcastle Central Station.
Online classes are held monthly on Mondays on Zoom from 7-8.30pm GMT.
Showcase dates vary but are usually Friday or Saturday nights at The Cumberland Arms and other local venues.
We also pepper extra workshops and events throughout the year.
Below are the prices for our regular program which runs in terms of 6 weeks with a week's break between terms. During holiday periods term lengths and breaks can vary. We offer workshop specials and guest teachers seasonally, and those prices may vary slightly depending on venue and duration but we always try hard to keep our prices affordable and sustainable.
All prices include booking fees. No hidden extras. We offer class transfers, where you can switch to another class or course in the term with only 7 hours' notice, and provide refunds with 7 days' notice of cancellation. See our Booking and Cancellation Policy for more detailed info on this, waiting lists and more.
Individual Ticket Prices
Standard Price: £20
Accessible Price: £16
Sliding Scale of Bulk Discounts
For flexibility, when you can't attend an entire course or full term of classes, you can book several individual tickets at a discount for your regular group, and/or attend different groups over different nights (as long as they are at an appropriate level for you) within the given term.
6 or more classes: 10% off / 5 classes: 8% off / 4 classes: 6.5% off / 3 classes: 5.5% off / 2 classes: 5% off.
Course Ticket Prices
A 15% Reduction
Standard Price: £102
equates to £17 per class
Accessible Price: £82
equates to £13.67 per class
Booking a course is the best choice for getting the biggest savings and the fullest experience when you’re sure to be able to attend the whole course of 6 classes (or the remaining series of the course).
Once a course is underway, should there be a remaining series of classes through to the end of the course, the remainder of the course will be reduced accordingly in price too.
We also offer a limited number of free places each term.
New Tiered Pricing Model
For the New Year, we are trialling a new Tiered Pricing Model with the aim of making our School of Improv programme more open to more people - especially during these difficult times when the cost-of-living crisis is proving to be challenging for many, and a respite from the stress is needed more than ever. If this proves to be generally liked and is sustainable to operate, it will continue in the Spring.
WHICH PRICE SHOULD I PAY?
GUIDANCE: Note this is guidance and not set criteria. It’s your choice. You won’t be questioned or asked for proof or ID, and whichever option you choose is confidential. All we ask is that you’re honest and will consider what you can afford at this time. Think about your situation right now. It might change in the future, and you can reconsider then.
The following will help you decide if you should pay the ‘Standard Price’ or ‘Accessible Price’ (replaces Concessions) or if you could benefit from a ‘Supported Place’ (replaces Assisted Place).
For clarity, if you’re buying a ticket for someone else, the price relates to them personally, as the attendee. You may wish to purchase a 🎁 gift voucher instead.
Consider paying the STANDARD PRICE if some of the following statements apply to you:
I am able to meet all of my basic needs*
I may have some debt but it doesn’t prohibit attainment of my basic needs*
I am gainfully employed or self-employed
I choose not to work
I have access to financial savings
I am adequately supported by my family or partner
I can claim back tax or work allowances on the fees
I have a reasonable amount of disposable income**
Consider paying the ACCESSIBLE PRICE (discounted by 20%) if some of the following statements apply to you:
I frequently stress about meeting basic needs* and don’t always achieve them.
I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs*.
I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing
I am unemployed or underemployed
I am self-employed and my income is low, irregular and uncertain
I qualify for government assistance. E.G.: benefits, local welfare schemes.
I access voluntary assistance
I have no access to savings
I have limited disposable income*
I am a full-time carer for a family member at home
Consider a free SUPPORTED PLACE if some of the following statements apply to you:
I have no or very restricted personal income
I am restricted by my family or partner to a small personal allowance
I have no recourse to public funds
I am a refugee or asylum seeker (or similarly impacted state violence)
I have no or very limited disposable income**
NB. At this time, free SUPPORTED PLACES are limited and you should only book one 'course' that you’re sure you can make. If the free places on that course are already taken, or if you’re able to make a small contribution to the cost, please don’t feel embarrassed to contact us for a confidential DISCOUNT CODE you can use instead.
*BASIC NEEDS include food, housing, clothing, transport and medical needs for you (and your household if you are the sole or primary earner).
**DISPOSABLE INCOME is what you have left over after covering your basic needs. It might mean you’re able to afford to eat out, have trips to the cinema or theatre, buy new clothes, books or similar leisure or entertainment items each month or frequently.
Our trial model is in keeping with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, and has been discussed with our invited participants' feedback panel. It is a trial, and therefore, if you like or dislike it, or think it could be improved, please let us know. Your feedback is very welcome.