Improv comedy training courses
The Free Association's London and Amsterdam schools are formulated around the FA syllabus - a huge (ever growing) book, meticulously written and structured in order to help you learn everything from the fundamentals of long-form improv through to advanced moves, forms and techniques… all while staying true to the FA’s unique style. Whilst all our trainers bring unique experience and expertise to their lessons, they all know our style and syllabus inside out, so your improv education will be the same regardless of who is running your class.
Whether you're joining us to build confidence, or hone your comedy writing or improv performance skills - you've found the right place. We provide the next generation of performers with the tools and knowledge to establish their own teams and create their own exciting comedy work.
“I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from it. It’s fun, inventive and silly, but it also really just nurtures all the good elements of being a human being.” - THE TIMES
Our Taster Classes are a great way to discover improv in a fun, supportive, one-off class for those who want to try it out before deciding whether to take part in a full course.
Our entry-level improv course. This course helps you build your confidence and performance skills and teaches you the fundamental principles to the FA style of long-form improvisation.
The core elements to creating fun and watchable scenes. We’ll help improve your acting in improv, encourage your commitment to characters and start to look at the ‘game of the scene’.
We’ll dig further into the game of the scene, teach you how to initiate with premise and how to keep your characters interesting, funny and playable.
This course teaches students how to apply all the skills and techniques so far to learn how we perform The Harold format at the FA.
Learn how to make expert moves within the Game of the scene and how to surprise the audience (and yourself!)
Our FA drop-ins are a chance to receive some expert coaching in the FA style. This class focus specifically on premise scenes - scenes initiated from an opening such as a monologue
Our FA drop-ins are a chance to receive some expert coaching in the FA style. This class focus specifically on organic scenes - scenes initiated from a single word
In this course you will learn how to apply the core FA principles of Game, Grounding and Point of View to tell spontaneous stories that are exciting, moving and hilarious.
The FA Skill Sessions are full-day classes, created and delivered by our most experienced trainers. This Bravery and Strength class is the brainchild of Lola-Rose Maxwell. Join us on the 8th of December.
We run 5 core Levels in total, in a structured path. With additional elective short courses, drop-in classes and an exciting new 'Improv to Sketch' programme. Our students work their way through the levels, adding to their skill-set as they go.
Our class entry requirement and course structure enable us to consistently graduate more 'complete' performers, who are fully adept in the FA's unique long-form style. Each student possesses a shared improv language, while being entirely flexible in their approach to performance.
Our main 8 week training terms start in January, March, June, August, September and November. We also run monthly 4-day intensive workshops throughout the year. You're never far away from a class!
We Can't Wait To Get Started...
As students progress they get the opportunity to perform in our weekly Teacher Jam and eventually audition to be part of a house Harold team. We have currently have 4 active harold teams, 1 Present Company and 5 graduated teams performing at the theatre. These teams play every week on a well attended nights at our home theatre. The graduated players often begin the training process to become our coaches and teaching staff.
Students are encouraged to make teams and perform in our weekly Cage Match, and monthly Team Jam show 'Lester City's Super Sunday'.
By joining The Free Association you are joining a burgeoning community of performers, comedians and like minded people. They spend time in the venues and the bar, make friends, collaborate and create teams together - which we are often able to offer stage time to. Students get free tickets to every Harold Night and are able to attend every other show for free if they bring a paying friend.