• truth in comedy

truth in comedy

With Maria Peters from The Playground and Breaking & Entering.

8 week course with Maria Peters inspired by her training with iO Chicago.

For experienced improvisers who want to immerse themselves in the origins of Chicago style long-form improvisation and discover truth in comedy.

Topics over the course will include Agreement, Support, Trust, Patterns, Themes and Relationships. Most of all we’ll be exploring being honest on stage and using our full selves in the present moment.

Instead of going for the quick jokes we’ll be playing the reality of the scene and improvising moment to moment with what feels honest and true there and then.

Maria will be creating a really supportive team where you feel confident to express yourself and use your true feelings and life experiences in scenes.

This style of improvisation feels liberating for the performer, and creates fantastically rich and funny scenes for the audience.

There’s nothing funnier than the truth.

next available dates:


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 13th September 2022. SOLD OUT

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Teacher: Maria Peters.

Price: £220. Either payable all at once or £100 at time of booking and £120 when the course starts.

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 4AF.

Tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Aldgate.


This is an advanced course suitable for people with previous experience.

maria peters

Maria performs in Breaking & Entering and The Yes Queens and also co-produces The Playground with Lauren Shearing, which they have grown to be one of London’s most popular improv nights.

Maria has performed at numerous international improv festivals including Estonia, The Netherlands, Philadelphia, Portugal & Dublin.

She has studied with Charna Halpern the founder of iO Chicago, the author of Truth in Comedy, and originally developer of The Harold with Del Close.

Maria has also studied with Keith Johnstone, Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in Chicago.

To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 15 years in learning, training & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria believes it’s paramount to put her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having a bloody good time!