Improv comedy training courses
6 Unique Levels of Improv Training in London
The Free Association is the UK’s first ‘American style’ long-form improv theatre and school. We teach classes at our home in London, and with our partners at the famous Boom Chicago theatre in Amsterdam. The Free Association training is based around our unique approach to ‘game’ and ‘point of view’ . We believe that all comedy is built on these principles - Improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy alike. Our school ethos is to unlock a sense of joy in improv performance - setting you free to create compelling, hilarious and vibrant work with your team mates.
Whether you're joining us to build confidence, or hone your comedy and performance skills - you've found the right place. We provide the next generation of improvisers with the tools and knowledge to establish their own teams and create their own exciting shows.
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We run 6 Levels in total, in a structured path. With additional elective short courses 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 October. We also run monthly 4-day intensive workshops throughout the year. You're never far away from a class!
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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 6 active harold teams, and 3 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 (Thursday and Friday) and are able to attend every other show for free if they bring a paying friend.
“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
Improv for beginners. No experience is necessary! Join for confidence, community or performance skills - this is where it all starts!
Starting with scene fundamentals, acting in improv and an introduction to playing the 'game of the scene'.
A deeper look into 'game of the scene'. with a focus on initiating with premise, heightening the game and an introduction to forms.
Students will apply their skills to create unified, cohesive, hilarious and satisfying shows. Culminating in a public performance.
Harold Graduate Class: An intensive course focusing on improving an improviser’s acting ability on stage (engaging the actor half of the improviser’s brain).
Mastering long-form techniques within the FA philosphy - Playing it real, expert heightening and advanced scene moves.
Harold Graduate Class: A 2 hour drop in workshop for Harold graduates to prepare for our July Harold auditions. Come along and get your Harold on.
This 8-week course guides students through writing, producing, and performing their own sketch show. Lessons focus on punch ups, writers-room dynamics, directing, producing, and performance.
With a focus on premise, heightening, and sketch Structures, this 8-week syllabus is a fun and challenging course that combines the principles of improv with the world of Sketch writing.