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Storecupboard Essentials

Improvisation: Searching for Simplicity

With Niall Ashdown


Eliminate the extraneous babble and internal narratives and head for something simpler, purer and ultimately more authentic in your performance, with master improviser Niall Ashdown.

Found, outdoor, and non-traditional theatre spaces lend themselves particularly well to improvisation and often demand it if things don’t go to plan. But it’s a skill that often terrifies performers. Do you wish you could improvise effortlessly?


Saturday 10th October | 10am - 1pm

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In this workshop, Niall will look at how we over-complicate and overthink sometimes when we perform. He’ll show you how to eliminate the extraneous babble and internal narratives and head for something simpler, purer and ultimately more authentic.

“Having worked with Kneehigh for so long what is special about Kneehigh performers is a readiness to embrace the liveness of each and every performance, and the belief that spontaneity and preparedness are mutually beneficial qualities.  And so I am designing this masterclass to look at ways to use improvisation as a performance art in and of itself; but also how we can use it to initiate and accelerate the process of devising our work collectively. And having a great deal of fun doing so.”

– Niall Ashdown

If you have access needs please book before Monday 28th September so we have time to make the necessary arrangements. 

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If you want to supercharge your skill set and cook up a feast, then book the whole series of Storecupboard workshops for just £180 saving 10%.

Niall Ashdown

Niall is an actor, improviser and writer.  He improvises comedy onstage with the Comedy Store Players, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, Impropera and with Ross Noble. Recent theatre work includes: Kneehigh’s Ubu! A Singalong Satire (Kneehigh Theatre), Burying the Dead with Baroque Ensemble Ceruleo; Little Match Girl and Other Happier Tales (Shakespeare’s Globe/ UK tour); US and UK tours of Tristan and Yseult (Kneehigh); Annie Get Your Gun and Public Enemy at the Young Vic; Lifegame (Improbable) and Never Try This At Home (Told By An Idiot). He has written and performed two solo stage shows Hungarian Bird Festival and The Man Who Would Be Sting, both of which were made into BBC Radio 4 plays. On TV he’s done such stuff as Whose Line Is It Anyway? Outnumbered, Confessions and Parents.