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With Daniel Brennan.


A two day introduction to the work of “the grandmother of improvisational theatre”, Viola Spoiln.

Using a selection of her games and exercises, this workshop will cover aspects of Spolin’s approach to helping actors find spontaneity, courage, openness and the freedom to create without interference from personal inner critics.


Viola Spolin helped establish Chicago’s Second City improvisational company, which still uses her techniques today. Second City actors include: Tina Fey, Catherine O’Hara, Jordan Peele, Alan Alda, Eugene Levy, Alan Arkin, Amy Poehler and Bill Murray.

Day One

An introduction to the basic touchstones of Viola Spolin's theatre games: 'What', 'Where', and 'Who', as well as her signature 'Space Walks' and 'Space Objects'.

Day Two
Using the experience gained on Day One, more advanced games will be played to develop spontaneity, give-and-take, focus and intuition.

"Get out of you head, into your space" Viola Spolin


Daniel Brennan has been teaching actors for over 25 years and has worked in the US with Viola Spolin’s daughter-in-law, Carol Sills, and her granddaughter, Aretha Sills. He is also an actor, recently working on ‘Emmerdale’, ‘COBRA: Rebellion’ and ’The Long Shadow’; a director of over 40 plays in the UK and abroad; and is co-creator of the Off Cut Short Play Festival.


JUST £80

Once registered, you will be taken to payment.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.



17th & 18th Feb 2024

10:30 - 4:30pm


53two Studios

Great Northern Warehouse

Unit 2

235 Deansgate


M3 4EN


We never take on more than 15 students to ensure MAXIMUM contact-time for each student and a proper and thorough training, 


Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unsuccessful, you will be added to the waiting list.

Got a question? Drop us an email! 


All actors on the course must agree to work under the terms outlined in the MAP Code of Conduct.

Click on the link above to register for the course.

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