Melanie-improvFun, de-stressing, refreshing, playful, interactive, freeing, addictive, creative, joyful, eye-opening, incredible, complete-real-life-escapism….

These are just some of the words our students have used to describe their WRiTEON improv experience.

So, what is improv?

Improv(isation) is the art of making up stories and scenes in the moment. You will learn step- by-step how to do it, so you don’t have to worry about how funny or imaginative you are – you’ll be amazed at what you come up with. You’ll learn new skills, meet new people, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Why does WRiTEON offer improv courses?

Although WRiTEON focuses on staging the written word, many of our actors, writers and directors have discovered that a course of improv enhances their skills. For others, their first experience of acting – or of WRiTEON (or both) – has been one of our improv courses.

Courses and workshops run throughout the year. Email with questions or to go on a mailing list.

What comes first?

WRiTEON Improv For Beginners

Start by saying ‘yes.’
Unlock your ideas, boost your confidence and get more play into your life with this 8-week introduction to improv. Mel Taylor guides beginners (and refreshers) through the fundamental skills of improv. We’ll be playing games, learning techniques and building stories together, all in a safe, supportive environment.

‘I had no idea quite how much fun this would be. Now that the course is finished, I feel a tangible shortage of laughter and fun in my week!’  Karina, June 2015

‘I was always tired before improv and reinvigorated afterwards. Mel’s enthusiasm and skill drew us into playing and learning simultaneously.’  Robin, June 2015

No prior performance or improv experience necessary. 

The next course begins in the autumn. Dates will be announced later in the year. To be put on a mailing list for details, email Mel at

What comes next?

WRiTEON Improv for Improvers

Take your improv theatre and comedy skills to the next level!

If you loved the WRiTEON Improv for Beginners course (or want to refresh your skills), this 8-week course, plus workshop, is the ideal next step. Practise your improv skills and build your improv confidence with more games, more stories, and a fun performance for family and friends, directed by course tutor Mel Taylor. 

‘The atmosphere was great, the feedback constructive and I always went home with a smile on my face!’ Emma, June 2015

‘Mel makes every lesson an absolute joy and at the end of the course you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve learned.’ Phil, December 2015 

Spring Term: Mondays for 8 weeks, 11 April to 13 June 2016 (no class 2 and 30 May) PLUS workshop and show on Sunday 19 June
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm (Sunday workshop 2.30-5.30pm)
Where: Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge
Show: for friends & family: Sunday 19 June, 7pm (venue to be advised)
Cost: £99 full / £75 concession (senior, student, unwaged)

Prerequisite: WRiTEON Improv for Beginners, or equivalent improv experience – email Mel at for guidance. 

How to book:

Any questions, email Mel at

About the tutor

Mel Taylor has a background in teaching English and Drama, and now leads improv and creative play workshops for adults in Cambridge and across the UK. She has written and acted in plays for WRiTEON. She trained in Cambridge with Clare Kerrison and has also studied with Patti Styles, The Maydays and clown tutors Peta Lily, Reuben Kay and Didier Danthois. Mel performs with the Infinite Monkeys and Wonder Women.