You, Me and the World with Emma Bird

Saturday 20 May 2023

You, Me and the World 

This 3 hour workshop will focus our attention on the importance of establishing WHO the people are in the scene. The character’s relationship with each other firstly, is the key to making improv easier.

Our brains during improv scenes, often get caught up in the WHAT (what is happening) i.e PLOT; but really at the heart of good theatre or comedy is PEOPLE not PLOT.

When I approach a text with actors for theatre productions we spend a lot of time figuring out who these characters are and how they feel about themselves and each other.

This is an approach to bring into our improvisations. Let’s explore our character’s point of view (POV), state openly and quickly our feelings about self and other, name the history, the memories, the shared experiences between the characters definitively and without equivocation.

Once these building blocks are established, listened to, agreed on and heightened, then we figure out the WORLD these people are living in and ‘PLOT’ naturally takes care of itself.

Emma brings to this workshop a theatre director’s approach to improvisation. It will synthesise short form speed and long form thought and promises to be a hugely fun and supportive workshop.

Facilitator Bio 

Based in Liverpool, UK, Emma founded Liverpool Comedy Improv in 2015, teaching improv to all levels. She has been improvising since 2007 and trained with leading improv professionals with a broad range of styles and philosophies from schools such as Second City, iO; UCB; Annoyance Theatre & The Groundlings.

Teachers include The Maydays, Jaime Moyer; David Razowsky; Liz Allen; Michael Gellman; Rachel Mason & Susan Messing; Will Hines; Jay Sukow; Brian Palermo; Jeff Michalski; Michelle Gilliam; Shannon Stott; Jonathan Pitts; Aretha Sills; Armando Diaz, amongst others.
She has founded, developed, performed and directed four improv teams, including Boss Birds Improv (Liverpool’s first all women team); and duo team Moses & Bird.

Emma’s approach to teaching improv is grounded in her 30 year professional experience as an actor and theatre director, and synthesises philosophies and approaches gained from training with a range of schools and teachers.

Emma is currently directing various productions at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre alongside teaching improv classes.

More info about Emma here:

All-Female Improv Comedy Workshop at MissImp

This is the fourtheenth all-female improv workshop put on by MissImp! These events are made possible with support from Nottingham Women’s Centre!
These workshops are led by some of the most exciting female improvisers from our Nottingham community and beyond, and will focus on a specific area of improvisation unique to them!
Improv is the art of making up theatre and comedy on the spot, without any scripts or pre-planning. This workshop is for any female-identifying or non-binary individuals who feel they would benefit from or like to experience an all-female classroom environment. This is a safe space to try out new skills and support other women within our improv community!
Please note: Our definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’ is inclusive, and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.
We are always looking to encourage people to take on teaching roles within our community – if you would be interested in taking one (or part of) these workshops, please email Orla at
Please be aware that there are strictly no refunds for this event and that it is the ticket holders responsibility to resell the ticket if they are unable to attend.

Safety: Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or cannot meet our safety requirements, especially if you’re experiencing any coronavirus symptoms.

MissImp’s Code of Conduct for participants applies to this event.

The graphic for this workshop was created by Hélène Dollie!

Eligibility Requirements

This workshop is for any female-identifying or non-binary individuals who feel they would benefit from or like to experience an all-female classroom environment. Please note: Our definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’ is inclusive, and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.


13:00 – 16:00



16 St James’s Street

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Purchasing a ticket confirms that you have read and agreed to abide by our ground rules, and to our refunds policy.

All bookings include a non-refundable booking fee.
All deposits are non-refundable.
Refunds are not available for one-off,  single day courses, or workshops.
Cancellations within two weeks of an intensive or weekly course will not be refunded.
Any and all refunds are at MissImp\’s sole discretion.

Should any changes in venue or availability occur (including cancellations), we will seek to contact you using whatever methods you provide us with, eg email or phone number.

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As a student of this class you also qualify for priority booking for the other workshops and teaching opportunities MissImp offers.

Should your course dates include shows managed by MissImp, you will be offered free entry! (Note that this doesn’t include events hosted and managed by other organisations such as Nottingham Playhouse).

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