EDUCATION PROGRAMMES | Adults

SAMPLER Workshops

Dip a toe before you dive into our unique 

PHILOSOPHY & STYLE of play

2-3 hour Workshop

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The IMPROV Mind-Set

Improvisation in the 

Grand Stretch PHILOSOPHY of play 

6 x 3 hour Workshops

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The IMPROV Tool-Kit

Improvisation in the 

Grand Stretch STYLE of play

Various Intensives

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The GRAND STRETCH Play-Book

Applying improvisation in the 

Grand Stretch PHILOSOPHY & STYLE to 

Short Form, Long Form & Genre formats

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The WEEKEND WORKSHOP

A bespoke intensive that's yours for the taking, because it's yours in the making.

2-Day Intensive

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The GRAND JAM

When you play like us, you play with us. 

And guess what?! IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR!  

Stage-Time workshops feat. our players

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SAMPLER Workshops

2-3 hour Workshop

Live a little.

Learn a little.

Laugh a lot!


If 6 x 3 Workshops in The IMPROV Mind-Set seems like too big a commitment, or if 'various intensives' sounds too 'intense' (and 'various'), fear not! You don't need to make that kind of commitment - we hardly know each other! What would the neighbours say?! 


Dip a toe before you dive into our unique philosophy & style of play, and try your hand at a one-off 2 or 3 hour improv workshop. 

Expand your comfort zone into uncharted territory.  


No previous experience in anything of any kind is required.


Follow the link below to FIND A CLASS that suits you. 

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PLEASE NOTE: If you're interested in participating in a SAMPLER workshop, but can't find something in our current schedule to suit yourself, we'd love to hear from you. And if you are part of a group who would be interested in hiring us to facilitate

The IMPROV Mind-Set

6 x 3 hour Workshops

In life, we are conditioned to plan our futures, to doubt our choices, and to punish ourselves for our failures. In that sense, The IMPROV Mind-Set in the Grand Stretch philosophy of play is the antithesis of life...


FEAR ruins talent. This lively and enlightening programme combines improv exercises, theatre games and scene work to dispel fear - embracing the pleasure in RISK, and the pay off of FAILURE. In doing so, we reacquaint self-proclaimed ‘dull’ and ‘untalented’ people with their innately creative and brilliant selves - FREE of inhibitions, READY in focus, and MAKING THINGS HAPPEN


No previous of any kind is required. 

It's back to basics, and it's all to play for. 

Come as you are, and PREPARE TO BE UNPREPARED.


COST: €120.00 full | €100.00 concession

The IMPROV Mind-Set is developed over 6 x 3 hour workshops, with a focus on spontaneity and being in the moment. Trust your impulses. Build confidence in your own abilities and in contributing them. Exercise trust, deep listening, high-level communication and truthful connection to collaborate as part of a hive-mind - releasing your creative flow through a dynamic and supportive group.


  • WORKSHOP 1 | 3 hours - FEAR 
  • WORKSHOP 2 | 3 hours - RISK
  • WORKSHOP 3 | 3 hours - FAILURE
  • WORKSHOP 4 | 3 hours - FREEDOM
  • WORKSHOP 5 | 3 hours - READY 
  • WORKSHOP 6 | 3 hours - MAKING THINGS HAPPEN

Follow the link below to FIND A CLASS that suits you.


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PLEASE NOTE: If you're interested in this programme, but can't find something in our current schedule to suit yourself, we'd love to hear from you. We programme in a variety of ways throughout the year. So, let us know which of the following options you would like to see (and when/where):

  • Weekday Evenings - 1 x 3 hour workshops per week, over 6 weeks
  • Weekends (Half Day) - 2 x 3 hour workshops per week, over 3 weeks
  • Weekends (Full Day) - 2 x 3 hour workshops per week, over 3 weeks 
  • 3-Day Intensive - 6 x 3 hour workshops over 3 consecutive days
  • 6-Day Intensive (Half Days) - 6 x 3 hour workshops over 6 days

The IMPROV TOOL-KIT

Various Intensives

Life is comic, and tragic, and complicated. Life is bleak, and outrageous, and profound. Life is high stakes, and low blows, and rising tyranny, and fallen heroes, and LIFE – as it happens – is worthy of staging…


The IMPROV Tool-Kit applies The IMPROV Mind-Set,
in the Grand Stretch style of play, to the staging and performing of truthful and meaningful theatre. Intensives identify the core elements of a scene, and equip you with necessary tools for creating disposable theatre that your audiences will want to take home.


Behind the smoke and mirrors are the basics. 

WHO? | We decode a process behind creating characters, and a method by which characters can be made three dimensional and played truthfully. Know who are you, identify 'the other', and discover who else exists in the world of your characters. Workshops are focussed on: Original & Observed Character Creation; Social & Personal Status; Complimentary & Parallel Characters; Points of View; Emotional Truth & Reaction; Relationships.


WHERE? | We focus on committing to and enhancing the world of your scene with: Mime & Space Object Work; Crossover Characters & People as Objects; Scene Painting & Narration; Establishing Activity & Breaking Routine.


WHAT? | If improvised stories are journeys without maps, then this intensive is your quintessential navigational tool-kit - combining all the skills we've learned so far with a new focus on: Spontaneity & Making Things Happen; Truth & Justification; Action & Interaction; Cause & Effect; Advancing the Story; Tilting the Scene; Circles of Expectations; Story Spine; Narrative Elements; Transitions


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PLEASE NOTE: No previous experience of any kind is required. However, we strongly recommend completing The IMPROV Mind-Set in the Grand Stretch philosophy of play before participating in this programme.

The GRAND STRETCH Play-Book

Various Intensives

Grand Stretch enjoys improv in all its forms (although we do boast a special place at heart for short form improv formats like THEATRESPORTS™).

Whether we’re presenting improvisational works in Short Form, Long Form, or a particular Genre that intrigues us – or whether we’re presenting devised or written works that have been conceived or developed through improvisation – we endeavour to keep our audiences on the edges of their seats by keeping ourselves on our toes.  


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PLEASE NOTE: No previous experience of any kind is required. However, we strongly recommend completing The IMPROV Mind-Set and The IMPROV Tool-Kit in the Grand Stretch philosophy and style of play before participating in this programme.

The WEEKEND WORKSHOP

2-Day Intensive

Live a little. Learn a little. Laugh a lot! 


Darren Yorke (founder of Grand Stretch) has been champing at the bit to introduce this bespoke 2-Day intensive in staging and performing improvisational theatre, where it doesn’t matter what stage you're at on your improv journey. The WEEKEND WORKSHOP is open to everyone and anything. It’s yours for the taking, because it’s yours in the making…


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PLEASE NOTE: No previous experience of any kind is required. However, as this is not an 'introduction to improv / performance / theatre' class, we strongly recommend that participants be somewhat experienced and confident performers.


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On the Saturday morning, participants will be invited to anonymously set objectives and aspirations for the weekend. This will be made possible by the highly technical process of writing things on post-it notes and sticking them on a wall. Leaving that to one side, we will turn our attention to discovering each other through play in the Grand Stretch philosophy and style - dispelling fears and establishing a safe and supportive space in which we can embrace the pleasure in risk and the pay off of failure. 


During the break, Darren will turn his attention back to post-it wall, and will use it to inform a trajectory for the weekend. This plan will utilise specific improvisation exercises, theatre games and scene work to target the needs and objectives outlined by the group.


It's (quite literally) all to play for!

The GRAND JAM

When you play like us, you play with us.

And guess what?! IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR!  

Stage-Time workshops feat. our players