Performers to be coached in improvisation

Manx Flag flying in a stiff wind

Manx Flag flying in a stiff wind

Have your say

Anyone who takes to the boards might be interested in a two-day workshop for people who want to improvise on stage.

The days, for people aged 14 and over, is designed to help performers overcome their inhibitions express themselves without fear or embarrassment.

According to a press release, improvising, without pre-planning or script, allows performers to unlock a sense of spontaneity, imagination and freedom whilst developing skills in listening, creativity and communication.

The workshop will enable participants to explore aspects of improvisation in a fun and supportive environment and is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with more experience.

The workshop, led by Ali James and John Oakes, takes place on February 22 and 23 at Onchan Community Centre and will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm on both days. It costs £70.

To book your place email no later than January 20.

Ali James is familiar to Manx audiences from her performance as ‘Eva Peron’ in Taylorian Productions’ Evita in 2012.

She made her West End debut in Whistle Down the Wind at the Palace Theatre understudying and playing the lead role of ‘Swallow’.

After many years of Pantomime, UK touring and television work, Ali is now producing and directing her own productions.

She is one of three writers/performers of Giraffe Comedy and is an experienced improviser having worked with BANGyellow, Los Desperados, Quirkish Delight and the Laughter Academy.

John Oakes is a seasoned improviser, having honed his short and long form skills with Quirkish Delight, Los Desperados and BANGyellow.

He was most recently seen at the Camden People’s Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre in Sadie Hasler’s The Bastard Children of Remington Steele.

John was also one of the original cast of Fakespeare by Russell Kane at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival and can currently be seen in cinemas in Transient Film Exchanges’ Brash Young Turks.

John is now turning his hand to stand up and sketch work with GIRAFFE Comedy who had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in summer 2013. London Theatre Workshops is directed by Andrew Hilton, familiar to Manx audiences as the Musical Director of many productions for the Douglas Choral Union and Taylorian Productions, most recently Cats in the summer of 2013.

He is assisted in bringing the workshops to the island by local singer Mandy Griffin. More information can be found at

Back to the top of the page