Improv Fest Ireland 2018

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7

Days

In the heart of Dublin, Ireland

11

Workshops

With top international instructors

32

Acts

With performers from all over the world

Improv Fest Ireland 2018



Ireland's Original International Festival of Improvised Theatre & Comedy
Improv Fest Ireland runs from 2nd - 8th December 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Its over! Thank you to everyone who made Improv Fest Ireland a great success. See you soon!


What is Improv?


Improv/Improvisation is an art form where performers create scenes, stories and characters in the moment live in front of an audience. There is no script, no planning and no safety net!. Modern Improvisational theatre includes a wide spectrum of performances - from fast-paced comedic 'shortform', to silent shows, to improvised puppet performances, to audience-inspired concepts, to musicals to full length improvised plays. This dynamic art form takes theatre and comedy to a whole new level - one that has audiences on the edge of their seats!

Full Programme


A day by day breakdown of events. Buy Tickets Now

2nd December 2018
2pm-7.30pm
Artist Registration
Room 1 & Upstairs Bar
Venue: Teachers' Club, Parnell Sq

Artist Registration, Meet & Greet for Artist s and VIP Pass Holders

8pm
Improv Social with live traditional music
Room 1 & Upstairs Bar
Venue: Teachers' Club, Parnell Sq

3rd December 2018
2pm - 5pm
Workshop: 'How To Be An Amazing Scene Partner'
Josh Nicols
Venue: Main Hall, Teachers' Club

All Levels We hear a lot about supporting our scene partners, making them look good. But how do you actually do that... READ MODE

6pm
Under Things & International Ensemble A
8pm
The Tightrope @ Improv Fest Ireland
Hey It's Tina & Kirsty & Tiny
Venue: Main Hall, Teachers' Club

A fantastic triple bill hosted by our friends from Tightrope. READ MODE

4th December 2018
10am - 1pm
Workshop: 'Environment'
John Nicols
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

All Levels Environment is often the last tool performers hone when it should be amongst the first... READ MORE

2pm - 5pm
*SOLD OUT! *Workshop: 'Expressing Your Point of You'
David Razowsky
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

All Levels Most scenes go off track because we're not aware of our characters point-of-view... READ MORE

6pm
Two Red Hens & International Ensemble B
8pm
Lovely Stuff & Odd Socks
10pm
Improv TV & Ungrateful Dodos
5th December 2018
10am - 1pm
*SOLD OUT!* Workshop: 'Pro-(Positive) Choices'
David Razowsky
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

All Levels: A toolbox contains more than a hammer so shouldn't your scenes contain more than anger and conflict... READ MORE

2pm - 5pm
*SOLD OUT!* Workshop: 'Longform Duo/Improv For Two'
Mia Møller
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

All Levels: We will work on creating both longform and montages with just two players... READ MORE

6pm
Made Of Bombs & Mugshot
8pm
Neil+1 & Auto correbt
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club
10pm
Hand Job
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club
6th December 2018
10am - 1pm
Workshop: 'Honest Moments'
Mia Møller
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

All Levels: Find the truth and the answer in your partner and connect without too many words... READ MORE

2pm - 5pm
Workshop: 'Give me a Voice - Your power on the stage!'
Kasia Chmara
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

All Levels Have you ever had that feeling that when you express your emotions on stage, your voice... READ MORE

6pm
The Good China & Tumbleweed
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club
8pm
Kill The Monster & Which is Which
10pm
Tumble Turn Moments & Peareshakes
7th December 2018
10am - 1pm
Workshop (Full Day): 'Lets See Your Body Talk'
Alenka Marinič & Justin Durel
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

In this workshop, we will examine one of the things that seem to connect us all, globally: body language. By examining common stage movements (opening a door, entering a room, closing the door, etc.),
READ MORE

2pm - 5pm
*SOLD OUT!* Workshop (Full Day): 'Lets See Your Body Talk'
Alenka Marinič & Justin Durel
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

In this workshop, we will examine one of the things that seem to connect us all, globally: body language. By examining common stage movements (opening a door, entering a room, closing the door, etc.), READ MORE

6pm
Jess's's's & Big Now
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club
8pm
Helmet Thieves & International Instructors' Show
10pm
Razowsky & Armstrong & Improv Utopia Camp Night
8th December 2018
10am - 1pm
*SOLD OUT!* Workshop: 'Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
Vincent van Nieuwenhuyze
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

We are afraid of real emotions and even more afraid of a genuine connection on stage while violent and abusive personas are easily played by some people. How come? READ MORE

2pm - 5pm
*SOLD OUT!* Workshop: 'Group Scenes Reduced'
David Razowsky
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

A group scene doesn't have to be a confusing clusterfunk... READ MORE

6pm
Crocodile Paws & International Ensemble C
8pm
International Ensemble D & Spoken
11pm
Wrap Party
Venue: Main Hall Teachers' Club

The Team


  • Neil Curran

    Festival Director & Founder

    Órla Mc Govern

    Festival Director

    Brian Quinn

    Technical Supervisor

  • Niceol Blue

    Technical Director

    Richard Zimmerman

    Operations Manager

    Anna Wilson

    Volunteer supervisor

  • Quinton O’Reilly

    Volunteer Supervisor

    Jessamyn Fairfield

    Social Media

    Ray Quinn

    Website designer.

Neil Curran
Festival Director & Founder
Neil has been teaching and performing improv both in Ireland and internationally for many years and his signature show, Neil+1, has been performed in festivals and theatres around the world.  Neil is also assistant camp director of Improv Utopia Ireland, and one of the team behind Dublin’s Tightrope Improv nights.  He also founded the Love! Improv Irish Community group and is a co-founder of No Drama Theatre.  Neil has guested in numerous shows including Orange Tuxedo, improvised musical When X Meets YUpstairs DowntonComedysportz San Jose and Second City Toronto’s improv set for “Click, Bait & Switch”.
Neil also provides key corporate training solutions through improv to many well known organisations and educational institutes.
 
Órla Mc Govern
Festival Director

Órla Mc Govern

Órla is professional performer, playwright and storyteller, as well as a veteran improviser and workshop facilitator. Órla worked as an actor for many years in both here and in the US (where she first fell in love with improv) and continues to act for Theatre, TV & Film. She performed with numerous troupes including: The Seattle Neutrino Project, Seattle goga & The Spolin Players NW, The Edge, Jet City Improv, Dead Gentlemen, improvising around the US, including at Ryan Stiles’ Upfront Theatre in Bellingham. Órla teaches and performs improv at far flung places like at Finland International Improv Fest, Strasbourg International Festival, BIG IF Barcelona, Improv Fest Ireland, Improfest Sweden, Impro Romania, Festival, Galway Actors’ Workshop, Munich Improv Festival, Blue Teapot Theatre Company and more. She runs improv labs and produces events with The Spontaneous Theatre People ,and performs with The Sky Babies and Which Is Which. She founded Moth & Butterfly, an innovative night featuring a fusion of storytelling and improvisation. She was the sole Irish representative at the Our Lives project, an inspired improv project featuring one artist from each EU country, selected as part of a global ensemble. She has helped with this festival since it was but a twinkle, and is now Co-Director. Órla is extremely passionate about Improvised Theatre and continues to teach and perform regularly in artistic/educational/corporate contexts. Contact via her page on Facebook or her website.  
Brian Quinn
Technical Supervisor
Brian has “helped out” on the tech side with every Irish Improv Festival since the inaugural Improv Fest Ireland. He has been involved in drama since 1995 making his first stage appearance as Polonius in Hamlet and working as a Drama Facilitator. He was co-founder in Drogheda of Kayther Theatre Group in 1998 and appeared in, wrote and directed a number of plays during a ten year tenure. In 2008 he became involved with No Drama Theatre which led to his introduction into all things improv. Along with Neil Curran, they founded the improv troupe Laughalot and Brian went on to be the techie for the inaugural festival in 2013. Since then he has been in a number of improv groups culminating in the formation of an Improvised Shakesperae Group called “Peareshakes“, so keep an eye and ear out for them…
Niceol Blue
Technical Director
Niceol Blue is a singer, songwriter, DJ, writer and improviser originally from Oregon, and now living in Galway. First seeing improv in Seattle in school and collage, Niceol began studying improv in 2009. She later became a founding member of The Spontaneous Theatre People and The Sky Babies, working as the musical and technical director. Niceol has been a part of the Improv Fest Ireland Team since 2014, and is excited for this years festival!
Richard Zimmerman
Operations Manager
Richard has been performing improv for three years, and performs regularly with his group The Good China. Outside of the improv bubble, performs stand up comedy, plays music, works as part of the Education team at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar.
Anna Wilson
Volunteer supervisor
Anna has been improvising for about three years, most recently with her group To The Biscuits. She works at keeping the internet going, and one of her hobbies is low tech time travel.”
Quinton O’Reilly
Volunteer Supervisor
Quinton O'Reilly is an improviser based in Dublin, Ireland and has been practising and performing for almost three years. He is the box office manager for The Tightrope, a twice-weekly show dedicated to long-form improv in Dublin, and is there so often that it's become a second home for him. Sometimes he even does a show there. He has trained at LowerTheTone (Neil Curran), Stoke Improv (Kelly Shatter) and recently studied at The Pack Theater in Los Angeles. He has also performed shows in Dublin, Los Angeles and San Diego. When not performing, watching or thinking about improv, Quinton is a freelance tech journalist and copywriter.
Jessamyn Fairfield
Social Media
Jessamyn Fairfield is an improviser and comedian who does physics in her spare time. She is the director of Bright Club Ireland, as well as an award-winning improviser and science communicator. She performs as half of Jess’s’s’s
Ray Quinn
Website designer.
Ray has been dappling in the dark arts of impov and theatre for some time. This year he comes on board helping out with the website. Ray likes festivals and creating art at them (Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Culture Night, Galway Theatre Fest etc); He has told stories with the Moth & Butterfly crew from Galway, he is one half of ‘The Black Phone Box’ audio art experience (with Órla Mc Govern, and is the creator of ‘The Light Of Love’(an led experience of a lifetime).

TICKETS


Online ticket sales end at midnight the night before each show.
You can buy tickets at the venue from 1:30 pm until 10:30 pm every day.

    • Show Tickets

    • All Tickets €10!

    • Fantastic line-ups each night with Troupes and Special Ensembles from all over the world. Triple, Double and Full Lenght Special Bill Performances, each for the great price of only €10! Online sales close the day before shows.  Limited ticket may be available for sale at box office on day of show, but book now to avoid disappointment!
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    • VIP Tickets

    • Limited Amount!

    • very limited amount of VIP tickets are available for the festival for just €100! These entitle the 'Very Important Person' to: * Priority seating at shows * Access to ALL ticketed shows at the Festival * 10% discount on all Festival Workshops * Invite to Festival Social & Festival Wrap Party * Exclusive Improv Fest Ireland visitor bag. * Save over €100 on regular price AND get exclusive benefits!
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    • Take some workshops lead by some of the world's top instructors of Improvisational Theatre. Great assortment of styles & techniques - from physical, to vocal, to performance techniques.  Learn loads, have fun and make new friends as you do!   Workshops are extremely popular and generally sell out well in advance of festival week, so book now to avoid disappointment!   Please note that workshop sales are non refundable/transferable.
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Contact


All our shows & workshops take place in the Teacher's Club in Parnell Square, Dublin. Click the button below to see the location on Google maps.

You can read more about the festival in the media by clicking here.

Phone

+353 86 6018344 (Neil)
+353 86 8865507 (Órla)

General Enquiries

yesand@improvfestireland.com