“People never remember what you say, but they’ll always, always remember how you make them feel.” Maya Angelou
16th to 20th MAY 2019
(3 DAY WORKSHOP & SHOW / 4 NIGHTS)
LAUGHTER is a powerful antidote to anxiety, nervousness and creative stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. It lightens burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert - particularly important as we get older. It is also a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing creativity, and supporting both physical and emotional well-being. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join a wonderfully releasing and laughter-provoking 3 day immersive Comedy Improvisation Workshop in the company of the superlative Comedy Improvisation company, INSTANT WIT! who after last year’s truly inspirational workshop, are back by popular demand - be spontaneous, say “Yes, and…”, experiment and play! …… in fact, find your funny bone in the glorious surroundings of Les Soeurs Anglaises, and in the company of the superlative and critically acclaimed Comedy Improvisation company, INSTANT WIT.
No previous experience of acting, performing or comedy improvisation necessary - just a willingness to take part, and a general desire to access your creativity by inviting more fun and spontaneity into your day-to-day life. This really is an experience not to be missed!
Expertly led by Chris Grimes - facilitator, actor, comic, voiceover - and his InstantWit “crew” of professional actors, comedians and musicians, the three day event will be choc full of experimentation and fun, supported by elegantly sympathetic technique. Together participants will explore the skills and enjoyment of Comedy Improvisation along with it’s wonderfully liberating mindset of ‘Yes and...’ It’s an unmissable invitation to come along and laugh - play - enjoy - be amazed - breathe - surprise yourself - giggle - eat glorious fresh food in beautiful surroundings and with wonderful company - and then guess what? Laugh some more! And on the Saturday night there will also be the opportunity to sit back, relax - have some “sun-set supper” - and enjoy INSTANT WIT in action - as they perform a full INSTANT WIT show the Workshop participants, and members of the public.
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Instantwit is a highly acclaimed and long established Comedy Improvisation show and Company based in Bristol. They have been performing their show nationally & internationally for over 20 years. The workshops they have created are carefully structured around improvisational comedy to meet the particular needs of the individual participants. Highly creative, always surprising, and without doubt provoking a great deal of laughter, this three day workshop will include the opportunity on Saturday evening to sit back, alongside members of the public, relax and enjoy a full performance of Instantwit. Sunday, the final day of the workshop, will consolidate all that has been learnt and experienced so far, whilst working towards a “big finish”, decided upon by the group.
Chris Grimes is the Artistic Director of INSTANT WIT and the principle workshop leader for the company. He is a highly experienced workshop leader, facilitator & coach. He trained initially as a Drama Teacher at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London, before going on to do the 2 Year Postgraduate Acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, from where he was awarded the Peter Akerman Prize for Comedy. Since 1988 he has pursued a portfolio career combining all of the transferable skills of being an actor, teacher, trainer, comedy improvisation performer & coach. He has also holidayed at Les Soeurs Anglaises two years running! More about Chris.....
Jon Monie has been a member of Instantwit since 2010. He is an extremely versatile actor, presenter, comedian and writer. He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, and now has over twenty years experience on-screen and on-stage. Jon is recognised as being "one of the best panto funnymen in the business” (Listomania). The last pantomime season marked Jon’s 950th performance at the celebrated Theatre Royal in Bath. More about Jon........
Leah Fletcher has enjoyed a career spanning more than twenty years on stage and screen. She has written, performed and directed, in theatres all around the UK. She studied theatre making at the acclaimed Ecole Jacques Lecoq, in Paris and has a degree in Drama and Fine Art from Middlesex University. It was during her time at Lecoq that Leah found her 'comedy legs’! She was invited by the school’s respected practitioner, Alain Mollot, to be a founder member of ‘Les Croquis Marrants’, a company of international actors researching and exploring comedy writing & performing, in Paris and around France. Leah joined Instant Wit in 2015.
James Oram graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a First Class Honours degree in Maths and Music. He then attended the Rachmaninov Institute in Russia for two months of piano masterclasses. James has also played drums and guitar in bands at various festivals and gigs around the country as well as playing on BBC Radio. His latest music commission is for the planetarium at ‘We The Curious’. James joined Instant Wit in 2015.
the workshop includes:
3 days of L'Espace studio workshop with InstantWit
All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments
Snacks and beverages throughout your stay
Pick-up and drop-off at arrival airport Bergerac / train station Angouleme (at allocated times)*
*Air and train fares to and from collection points in France are not included.
Travel day - you will be sent information regarding transportation to Les Soeurs Anglaises (pick-ups are generally late afternoon) from Angoulemetrain station and Bergerac airport. Welcome, Meet + Greet dinner at the house. Evening intro in L'Espace studio
10am to 4pm The workshop experience commences in earnest with INSTANT WIT: In a fast moving, fun packed, laughter provoking exploration of Comedy Improvisation - along with its liberating “yes and...” mindset and methodology. Delivered in a supportive "Drama Workshop" style and format.
10am to 2.30pm Workshop continues - 3pm free time to relax and explore before a 7.30pm performance of the Instantwit show, which will be performed by members of the Instantwit company. Workshop participants will be joined by members of the public to sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
10am A final “Big Finish” morning workshop - including Q+A with members of the Instantwit company - followed by free time to relax and explore the wonderful surroundings.
Brunch and departures before lunch.
Please note: THIS IS A PROPOSED ITINERARY. AND IS SUBJECT TO MODEST MODIFICATIONS, DEPENDENT ON LOCAL WEATHER, NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND THE WISHES OF THE WORKSHOP LEADERS
Pricing for this 4 night/3 day workshop varies depending on your choice of accommodation. Please see prices below or click here to see our accommodation photo gallery.
A: Shared Twin bedroom / shared bathroom: 730€ per person
B: Single occupancy of Twin bedroom shared bathroom 590€ per person
C: Single occupancy of Superior double bedroom with en suite: 450€ per person
For the Instant Wit workshop we require a 170€ non-refundable deposit (by Paypal or UK bank transfer) to secure a booking; the full balance being payable two months prior to the start of the workshop.