Through the Door

ClerkinWorks & Improbable present



A series of improvisation workshops for women & non-binary folk, exploring impro in theatre, comedy, storytelling, devising, making and writing. We will experiment with being heroes and villains – putting our own stories centre stage. Oh, and practice being confident and generous as we fuck up. Now is the time to find out what happens when we step through the door…

Where and when is it?

2-5pm Six consecutive Sundays Nov 4/11/18/25 Dec 2/9

Theatre Deli, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA

Lead Artist: 

unnamed-3 Angela Clerkin is an actor, improvisor, writer and theatre-maker. AD of ClerkinWorks (, an Associate Artist with Improbable ( and Chris Goode & Co. Angela has worked with Improbable for over 20 years, performing in Lifegame, Animo, Cinderella, Permission Improbable, The Bear & Panic. Acting credits include productions at the Barbican, Sydney Opera House, National Theatre, Edinburgh Lyceum, Young Vic, Lyric, ICA, Northern Stage, BAC, Liverpool Playhouse, Almeida, Old Vic, Ovalhouse. TV: Dr Who, Humans, Holby City, Dean Spanley, Dalziel & Pascoe, EastEnders, My Family, Sugar Rush, The Office (series 1). Angela’s play Bem-Vindo Estranho toured Brazil 2013-15 and Portugal 2016, with an extended sell out run in Lisbon. She has run workshops for Improbable, Young Vic, NT/Sphinx, BAC, E15, Actors Centre, London Bubble, Traverse and more.

Guest facilitators:

unnamed-4 Pauline Mayers has a background in dance and choreography. Associate Artist at Leeds Playhouse and Chris Goode & Co. AD of The Mayers Ensemble, her solo show What If I Told You was short listed for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression award 2017.

image1 Stella Duffy writes novels and stories, makes theatre, and co-directs Fun Palaces. She has been an improvisor since the mid-1980s, is an Associate Artist with Improbable, and has taught improvisation-for-writers for the Arvon Foundation.

image2 Cathy Tyson enjoys working as an actress in stage, film, tv and radio (Winner LA Film Critics Association Award). Recent workshops for Hammersmith Youth Offending Team and Declaration – a scheme for under-represented actors and writers in Wales.


I care passionately about the visibility, confidence, quality, and power of women in improvisation, theatre and the world. While I am thrilled that there are more female improvisors in the UK than ever before, there is still a lot of work to be done. Let’s be more inclusive of WOC, disabled, women, LGBTQ, working class peeps and all the intersections. I believe this will benefit everyone – challenging, enriching and changing us – and the stories we improvise.

As a working-class queer woman, I am aware of what effect lack of opportunities can have on the spirit. When creative doors have opened for me I haven’t always have the confidence or know-how to step into my most powerful and generous performing self. There have also been many times when the door has been opened for me and I have stepped through and flourished.

My brilliant guest facilitators Pauline Mayers, Stella Duffy & Cathy Tyson and I are keen to pass on the good stuff. Sessions include: making active choices, trusting what happens next, playing with status and privilege, being robust and welcoming vulnerability, breathing and taking it slow, advancing the narrative, helping others through the door, using images and movement to tell stories.

The workshops are open to women and NBs who are actors,  improvisors and theatre-makers at all levels of experience who want to train, practise and hone their improvisation skills. I look forward to stepping through the door with you.

How much is it?

£65 / £40 for the course

If the concession price is still beyond your means, please do drop a line to

Can I get through the actual door?

Through the Door will be in a wheelchair-accessible space. We actively encourage participation from disabled women/NBs. Let us know your access needs and we will do our utmost to support you.

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Our thanks to Theatre Deli for supporting this project