Stella Duffy will lead a full-day workshop of improvisation exercises and attitudes to apply to writing - whether as an improviser who wants to write more, or a writer who needs unblocking, unsticking, getting-going, these techniques and challenges are hugely useful.
Stella’s workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in writing - experienced, just starting out, wanting to get back to it. There will be some physical exercises for all to join in to the best of your ability- whatever your ability. The day will include an hour's break for lunch - and loads of ideas to take away with you!
Stella has been an improviser since the late 1980s and is an Associate Artist with Improbable Theatre. She is an award-winning writer with sixteen novels published in fifteen languages, fourteen plays written and devised, over seventy short stories (many for BBC Radio 4), she has twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger and is a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation. She has also worked in theatre for over thirty-five years as a director, performer and deviser and regularly mentors and supports new writers. Stella is the co-founder and co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for cultural democracy with over 450,000 people taking part since 2014 in co-created community-led activities. She was awarded an OBE for Services to the Arts in 2016.
We are delighted Stella is patron of our very first Newcastle Improv Festival.
You can also see Stella perform tonight in Aspects Of the improvised musical at Alphabetti Theatre (followed by the NiFTY Disco! And if you're here a day early, come to Friday's shows and talk to Stella in our NerdFest Podcast Q&A recording live in the theatre following the Suggestibles.
Read Stella's Blog about the session and follow her on Twitter @StellaDuffy
You should check out the amazing Hotel Deal Jurys Inn is offering to our Festival goers too!
Standard ticket for Adult (18+)
Adults with Student, Unwaged, Pensioner, Equity, MU status. Please bring relevant proof of ID with you.