'The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.'
— Rudyard Kipling

Grand Stretch offers bespoke improvisation-based workshops and programmes that target specific needs and meet set objectives. We ease participants into an open flow of confidence, positivity, and creativity through a unique combination of theatre exercises, improv games and scene work. We endeavour to shape groups into agile teams, instilling a hive mind-set that supports high-level collaboration.

The IMPROV Mind-Set & Skill-Set

  • Spontaneity
    – Being Present, Something from nothing, Here & Now, Invention & Reaction
  • Trust & Teamwork
    - Vulnerability, Support, Collaboration
  • Connectivity
    – Attention & Intention, Focus,  Listening, Communication
  • Offering & Accepting
    – Contribution, Agreement, Making Things Happen
  • Positive Approach
    – Reprogramming attitudes to fear, risk and failure
  • Commitment & Confidence
    – Decision-making, Leadership, Presentation skills, Engagement, Body Language
  • Free Association
    – Unlocking the mind, allowing for the unfiltered ‘flow’ of ideas
  • Lateral Thinking
    – Following impulses, exploring choices and possibilities

A Fully Practical Approach

  • Workshop Structure: It's all to play for! Our workshops bind participants in light-hearted, fast-paced, high-energy, fun-filled, thought-provoking and rewarding experiences made possible by spontaneous planning. In layman's terms, we recognise that in order to teach spontaneity, we ourselves must be spontaneous, celebrating opportunities as they present themselves in order to best meet the needs and objectives set by the group, striving to provide life-long learning experiences.
  • Set-Up: We embrace variety in how and when we introduce exercises, games and scenes in response to the energy and focus of the group. Seated Circle, Standing Circle, En Masse Movement, Audience/Stage, etc.
  • Instructions: Clear and simple. In teaching spontaneity, we encourage participants to have an empty head, discover, to just do what asked of them and no more, and see what happens. Each of our exercises,  games and scenes are used develop multiple combinations of the skills listed in the previous section, and we set specific objectives in our set-up.
  • Observations & Coaching: We welcome observations from the group, and identify aspects of the work that are pleasing. We also identify the aspects of the work that could be improved, and suggest techniques with which to improve them. In this way, the group is responsible for supporting each other and progressing as a team.
  • Discussions: Throughout workshops, we facilitate discussions in which the team shares and explores their observations and experiences in a wider context - using the work as a paradigm for both personal and professional life experience.
  • Variations: All of our exercises, games and scene work can be simplified and made more difficult. We adjust accordingly to satisfy skill level with challenge level, ensuring a pleasurable state of flow in which we can thrive as a team. As teams progress, and as fear dissipates, we increase the risk of failure - free of mind, and ready in focus, and making things happen.