Audition Notice: Improvised Theatre R&D at the Bristol Improv Theatre

Organiser: Bristol Improv Theatre

Two versatile performers sought for a five day R&D process culminating in a scratch performance at the Bristol Improv Theatre in February.

About the show

Can scripted theatre be imbued with the same spirit of spontaneity as improvised theatre? Can improvisation be so slick it looks rehearsed and scripted? Does anybody in the audience really care as long as it’s good?

This experimental show will present a collection of scenes – some of which are improvised, some of which have been devised, scripted and rehearsed – to an audience who won’t know which is which.  The aim is to explore the relationship between improvisation, theatre, the performer and the audience.

Is It Improvised? Does It Matter? is a collaboration between Lucy Fennell and the Bristol Improv Theatre.


About the audition

Auditions will take place at the Bristol Improv Theatre on Saturday 19th January. Depending on the number of applicants we may assign morning and afternoon slots.

Auditions will be workshop based, combining improvisation and script work. Scripts will be provided by the auditioner and no advance preparation is required.

We are looking for performers who play with emotional honesty and realism, in varied and truthful characters, with generosity towards their scene partners.

To apply, please send a CV or brief email outlining your performing experience  to [email protected]  by Thursday 10th January. 


R&D is from 10am-5pm Monday 11th – Friday 15th Feb, with a scratch performance at the Bristol Improv Theatre on the night of the 15th.

R&D is unpaid, but you will receive a split of  the proceeds from the scratch performance.


About the Bristol Improv Theatre

The BIT is a not-for-profit arts organisation, theatre and school in Clifton. The organisation started life as the Bristol Improv Festival in 2013, committed to raising the profile of improvisation in the South West. In the last five years, the BIT has welcomed a host of world-class improvisation companies including Olivier Award winning Showstopper!, West End’s Austentatious and YouTube stars The RH Experience, and created ambitious original productions including The BIsh Bosh Bash, Tales of Adventure and This Is Your Musical.


In 2017 the BIT moved into its permanent home in Clifton to become to the UK’s first dedicated venue for improvised theatre, with a 110-seat flexible studio theatre, a smaller second stage in the cabaret-style 70-capacity licensed bar, and two classroom and rehearsal spaces.


The BIT’s mission is to is to be an institution of spontaneous, collaborative, and creative theatre, a resource for ambitious artists and audiences, and a home for all those whom improvised work touches.


About Lucy Fennell


Lucy Fennell is an actor, improviser, director and teacher. She is a member of Impromptu Shakespeare, and performs with Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure, appearing in London and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the last 5 years. Screen acting credits include BAFTA award winning web series History Bombs.

Lucy lectures in devised theatre at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham: previously she has worked as Drama Development Officer for The Point Theatre, Director of the Berry Youth Theatre and Director in Residence at The Loddon School. She also teaches improv to adults and young people, as drama training and applied theatre.

She is especially interested in comedy, clowning and immersive and interactive work and enjoys creating relevant, contemporary performance, sometimes with a physical theatre element.


Bristol Improv Theatre



Contact Details

Caitlin Campbell
[email protected]

Opportunity title: Audition Notice: Improvised Theatre R&D at the Bristol Improv Theatre
Expiry Date: 2019-01-19T00:00:00+00:00