Bristol Improv Theatre

St. Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LP

Tel: +44 (0)7936617158

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About

The Bristol Improv Theatre is the UK’s first full-time dedicated improv theatre. They create, teach and perform spontaneous theatre that is accessible, creatively ambitious and unapologetically entertaining, as well as hosting troupes from all over the UK and overseas, bringing world-class improv to Bristol.

The venue in Clifton is a home for Bristol’s amazing improv community. Some people join as as students, taking our classes to build confidence and unlock creativity; others jump on stage at monthly improv jams, or perform in shows with the community theatre group, the Unscripted Players. Others just turn up and enjoy the shows and stay for a pint in the bar afterwards; it has been described as the friendliest place in Bristol.

When they aren’t putting on our own shows and classes, they play host to some of Bristol’s best independent producers and practitioners to populate the programme with a smorgasbord of exciting live entertainment, including Bristol Bad Film Club, Bristol Film Festival, Bristol Burlesque Festival, and many more.

They also offer bespoke improv training to help businesses with teamwork, creativity and confidence.

History

The Bristol Improv Theatre started life in 2012 as the Bristol Improv Network, founded by a volunteer-led collective of artists, teachers and producers to forge connections between the existing improv groups in Bristol.

After a debut performance at the Bristol Old Vic’s Improv Jam, they ran the first Bristol Improv Festival in 2013 from a series of pubs and music venues, featuring a line-up of local and visiting acts including Racing Minds, Project2, Closer Each Day, Instant Wit and Degrees of Error.

Two festivals, hundreds of classes and jams, and various venues (at wildly different levels of suitability) later, they started producing regular shows from the Polish Ex-servicemen’s Club on St Paul’s Road in Clifton and two years later became permanent tenants of the building. In two months, £27k of crowdfunding and a team of 40+ volunteers transformed this former-Victorian-schoolhouse-turned-working-mens-club-cum-live-music-venue into a purpose-built 120-seat theatre space, with licensed bar, rehearsal rooms and office.

Thanks to the hard work of the Bristol Improv Theatre team and support of our incredible community, their small project to unite Bristol’s improv scene has grown into a thriving multi-disciplinary cultural venue where Bristolians can engage with the arts in a truly participative environment.

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Opening Times

Opening times (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen

* Box Office Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

Evening opening hours:
Bar opens 1 hour before the event and stays open after until closing time!

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Establishment Features

  • Event venue
  • Groups Welcome
  • Toilets

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  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

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  • Wi-fi available

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