Thursday 18 April 2024

IMPRObable Schools


Launching IMPRObable Schools: Unleashing Creativity in the Classroom

We are thrilled to announce the launch of IMPRObable Schools, an exciting new initiative by the Guernsey Improbables, aimed at integrating the dynamic and transformative power of improv into the educational experience. At IMPRObable Schools, we believe that the skills learned through improv are not just for the stage—they enrich the classroom and beyond by fostering creativity, confidence, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Why Improv in Schools?

The inclusion of improvisational theatre in educational settings offers myriad benefits. It nurtures a supportive environment where students can take risks and express themselves without fear of failure. This encourages creative thinking and boosts problem-solving abilities, essential skills in today’s ever-evolving world.

Benefits of Improv for Students:

  • Enhanced Creativity: Improv prompts students to think outside the box and generate ideas quickly, enhancing their creative thought processes.
  • Increased Confidence: Regular practice of improv can significantly boost self-esteem and improve public speaking skills, as students learn to trust their instincts and express their thoughts.
  • Improved Collaboration: Improv is inherently collaborative, requiring students to work closely together, listen actively, and support each other’s ideas.
  • Adaptability and Resilience: Students learn to handle unexpected situations with ease and adapt to various roles and dynamics, fostering flexibility in both thought and action.

Our Offerings

At IMPRObable Schools, we cater to a diverse range of needs and educational goals through several targeted programs:

1. Stand-Up Comedy Courses

Designed for students interested in exploring the nuances of comedic writing and performance, these courses focus on the individual craft of creating and delivering stand-up comedy. It’s an excellent way for students to develop their unique voice and learn timing, a critical skill in both comedic and persuasive speaking.

2. Improv Workshops for Investigation and Discovery Week

Perfect for special school weeks focused on exploration and innovation, these workshops are tailored to complement themes of inquiry and discovery. They are designed to be fun and engaging, helping students to unleash their creative potential in a structured yet spontaneous environment.

3. Customized School Programs

From one-day introductions to improv to full-term courses that integrate with the school’s existing curriculum, our programs are adaptable. We offer sessions that fit into various school events and educational frameworks, supporting subjects from literature to social studies, by enhancing students' understanding through experiential learning.

4. Corporate Workshops for Educators

These are specially designed for teachers and school staff, focusing on team-building, effective communication, and creative problem-solving skills. Our corporate workshops are a great way for educators to refresh their approach and bring new energy to their classrooms.

Meet Your Instructor: Sarah Hansmann

All sessions at IMPRObable Schools are led by Sarah Hansmann, a seasoned improv professional with nearly three decades of experience in performing and teaching improvisation. Sarah’s extensive training and unique teaching style make her sessions both educational and entertaining, ensuring that students not only learn but also enjoy every moment of the process.

Get Involved

We invite you to introduce your students to the exciting world of improv through IMPRObable Schools. Whether you are looking to spice up your curriculum, build essential life skills in your students, or simply offer them a new avenue for expression and growth, IMPRObable Schools is ready to partner with you.

For more details on our programs or to schedule a session, please visit our website at or contact us directly. Let’s make learning unforgettable together!

Monday 25 March 2024

Celebrating World Theatre Day with a Showcase!

Introduction: As the curtains rise on World Theatre Day, there's no better way to celebrate the magic of live performance than with Guernsey Improbables! Join us for an electrifying evening of laughter, creativity, and boundless imagination as we honor this special occasion in the best way we know how – with improv!

The Power of Improvisation: At Guernsey Improbables, we believe in the transformative power of improvisation. It's not just about making people laugh (though we certainly aim to do plenty of that!), but also about fostering connection, creativity, and joy. Improv invites us to embrace spontaneity, trust our instincts, and celebrate the unexpected – qualities that are at the heart of great theatre.

Meet the Masters: Leading the charge on our World Theatre Day celebration are improv veterans Sarah Hansmann and Oliver Bailey-Davies. With years of experience and a knack for quick thinking, Sarah and Oli are masters of their craft. From comedic genius to heartfelt drama, they can do it all – and then some!

The Graduates Take the Stage: But the spotlight isn't just on Sarah and Oli – it's also on the talented graduates of our 'Improviser Your Joy Back!' course. These budding improv stars have honed their skills, embraced their creativity, and are ready to shine on stage. Get ready to witness the next generation of improv greatness!

An Evening of Fun and Games: What can you expect from our World Theatre Day showcase? Prepare to be entertained as teams of improvisers go head-to-head in a series of hilarious games, all fueled by suggestions from YOU, our amazing audience. From wacky characters to unexpected plot twists, no two shows are ever the same!

A Style Rollercoaster Ride: And just when you thought the fun couldn't get any better, Sarah and Oli will take you on a style rollercoaster like no other. From Shakespearean drama to Broadway musicals, they'll weave in as many theatre styles as the audience can provide, guaranteeing an evening of laughs and surprises.

Join Us for the Celebration: So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and join us for a night to remember as we celebrate World Theatre Day with Guernsey Improbables. Let's come together to laugh, create, and revel in the magic of live performance. See you there!

Remember to book your tickets early – this is one celebration you won't want to miss! 🎭✨

Wednesday 20 December 2023

More Improvising your JOY back!

Before the dark months of January and February loom large we've launched the next 'Improvise your Joy back!' course with and Early bird special if you book before the 30th of December.


Wednesday 30 August 2023

‘Improvise your joy back’ this Autumn

The last hoorays of the Summer holidays are upon us and if, like me, you suffer from a bit of S.A.D (seasonal adjustment disorder) and become a bit down at this time of year, I’ve made sure that inoculation against the Autumn blues (a colour rarely associated with Autumn but go with me on this) is assured by signing up to ‘Improvise your joy back!’ course.

8 weeks of fun.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to previous participants Diana and Richard.

‘Sarah, from the Guernsey Improbables Team, has been an absolute beacon of joy for me. Every class has been an uproariously good time as we all play improv games together, in the process letting ourselves go to let loose and laugh and ultimately find our way through harder times. My favourite lesson has been the exercise in saying YES! when we want to say NO! because we think we have control or want to hold onto a particular idea for our scenes but improv doesn't work that way...and neither does life! What a fantastic class this has been and I'm going to miss it so much when it's done. Highly recommend it!!’

-Putting the D back in Disco, Diana

‘This is the best way to spend a couple of hours in the evening. Make new friends and create your own hilarious fun and learn at the same time. No previous experience or ability necessary. Sign up now and you won't regret it.’- Richard Corbin

Book here

Thursday 1 June 2023

Ready for Stand-up! And Improv double bill?

Starting in June a new Stand-up Comedy workshop is launching. And for those improvisers who have done the Improbables course before can come to the Improv drop sessions and get your laughter muscles warmed up before the Stand-up workshop.

Every Thursday from 15th June to 20th July. 

- Improv drop in 6-7:45pm

- Stand-up Comedy workshop 8-9:45pm 

The stand up comedy workshop over 6 weeks to get you up on your feet with your own five minutes of original material.

The workshop will take you through the process of developing your own material and discovering your own comedy style.

Over the six sessions you will:

- Discover your unique comedy voice

- Write and workshop a five minute ‘set’

- Develop your comic timing

- Work on your stage presence and delivery

- Microphone technique

- Be stage ready for Guernsey’s first homegrown ‘Stand up Showcase’

The workshop will run on Thursday evenings from 15th June. 8-9:45pm at the Castel Douzaine room.

The cost is £60.

Season ticket to Improv Drop in is £50 and 

Combined ticket for both workshops is £90

The course will be run by improv comedy veteran Sarah Hansmann. As well as years of experience performing and teaching improv comedy, Sarah toured South Africa as one of the top comics from the Cape Comedy Collective, appearing on tv, headlining festivals and promotional tours. Sarah has developed this 6 week course, which is a first for Guernsey, in the hopes of getting the local stand up comedy scene up and running.

Saturday 18 March 2023


Over the last nine weeks anyone peeking through the windows of the Castel Douzaine room may have been intrigued by the guffaws and antics taking place because Guernsey Improbables have been running their ‘Improvise your joy back!’ course. As one of the participants Diana Hurwitz put it, ‘Every class has been an uproariously good time as we all play improv games together, letting loose and laughing.’


Another participant Kaelan Le Page said, ‘Over the last couple of months, I have well and truly improvised my joy back. I cannot wait to showcase our newly found skills to an auidience next week! It’s a real buzz knowing the laughter we’ve had over previous weeks will now be shared outside of the classroom.’


To round off the end of such a successful course, twelve of the graduates of the course will be joined on stage by Improv veterans Sarah Hansmann and Oliver Bailey-Davies in a showcase performance. The two professional performers will be leading teams of improvisers in a series of ‘competitive’ theatre games, creating scenes using suggestions from the audience.  Joined, too, by local award-winning composer Lydia Jane Pugh, who will be creating a soundtrack to the evenings sketches as they happen and adding her musical flare to the made-up mayhem.


Sarah, who has been running the course, had this to say about the upcoming showcase, ‘There’s always so much positivity that comes out of these courses, but the next step really is to perform it for an audience. For the performers, they’ve been immersed in this joyful experience and performing it with direct feedback from an audience is truly special. For the audience, it’s different to any other theatre because they have control as it is based on their suggestions. You could see a Game of Thrones type drama, set in a bank with a retired ormer farmer, the possibilities are endless. At the end of the evening they have had a unique experience which will never be repeated’


The showcase takes place at the Princess royal Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday the 23rd of March, 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 available or by calling the box office on 01481 229999.

Friday 25 November 2022

 New Year New Course

Why not beat the January blues by joining the funnest Thursday in Guernsey. Starting January 12th for 8 weeks, improv veteran Sarah Hansmann will be taking you through the steps to be a better improviser.

Book now to avoid crying into your porridge on cold dark January nights.

Book here Ticketsource