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I mention a lot of books when I am teaching and coaching. Sometimes too many. It can make me feel like all I am doing is rehashing other people’s ideas, but maybe that’s just what teaching is, passing on the ideas of people smarter than you. So I thought I’d...

My lips twitched as I read the invitation. “The Nursery’s sternest ringmistress Heather Urquhart requests the pleasure of having you as a member of  her company for a celebration of our nation’s finest scribe, Ms Jilly Cooper.” Surely that couldn’t be my name written in dark red ink, at the...

Holidays can be a challenging time of year. They encourage reflection on the current state of the your life, your career and (most scarily) your world, and whether that leads to sober assessment or drunken melancholy, you have to do it all in a nylon jumper having ingested two kilograms...

With the #metoo and #timesup movements, it is a bit of a platitude to say things have been changing over the last couple of years. #metoo started in 2006 as a very specific campaign, but it has spread to encompass a wave of anger and energy far beyond the original...

As with most improv festivals that I go to (and to my shame), I had not researched Improfest before I got on the plane. Heather got the invite, Alan is lovely and I had never been to Poland, so let’s do this. A quick check of the workshops I was...

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the underdog. Here’s a little love for the little guy. The newb. Let’s give respect to the first-timer creeping into the room, wondering if they should just have gone to the gym instead. Let’s sing the praises of the IT consultant struggling with the...

I am going to talk about the horrible things people say in improv. Not because I am an edgelord lamenting how PC gone mad is killing REAL comedy, but because I find it interesting. Not the only or a better way to play, just interesting. I hope this is clear...

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