laughter lab



“People never remember what you say, but they’ll always, always remember how you make them feel.” Maya Angelou


16th to 20th MAY 2019


LAUGHTER is a powerful antidote to anxiety, nervousness and creative stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. It lightens burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert - particularly important as we get older. It is also a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing creativity, and supporting both physical and emotional well-being.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join a wonderfully releasing and laughter-provoking 3 day immersive Comedy Improvisation Workshop in the company of the superlative Comedy Improvisation company, INSTANT WIT!  who after last year’s truly inspirational workshop, are back by popular demand - be spontaneous, say “Yes, and…”, experiment and play! …… in fact, find your funny bone in the glorious surroundings of Les Soeurs Anglaises, and in the company of the superlative and critically acclaimed Comedy Improvisation company, INSTANT WIT.

No previous experience of acting, performing or comedy improvisation necessary - just a willingness to take part, and a general desire to access your creativity by inviting more fun and spontaneity into your day-to-day life.  This really is an experience not to be missed!


the project

Expertly led by Chris Grimes - facilitator, actor, comic, voiceover - and his InstantWit “crew” of professional actors, comedians and musicians, the three day event will be choc full of experimentation and fun, supported by elegantly sympathetic technique.   Together participants will explore the skills and enjoyment of Comedy Improvisation along with it’s wonderfully liberating mindset of ‘Yes and...’ It’s an unmissable invitation to come along and laugh - play - enjoy - be amazed - breathe - surprise yourself - giggle - eat glorious fresh food in beautiful surroundings and with wonderful company - and then guess what? Laugh some more! And on the Saturday night there will also be the opportunity to sit back, relax - have some “sun-set supper” - and enjoy INSTANT WIT in action - as they perform a full INSTANT WIT show the Workshop participants, and members of the public. 

More about Instantwit   Follow them on Twitter @InstantWit


about InstantWit

Instantwit is a highly acclaimed and long established Comedy Improvisation show and Company based in Bristol.  They have been performing their show nationally & internationally for over 20 years.  The workshops they have created are carefully structured around improvisational comedy to meet the particular needs of the individual participants. Highly creative, always surprising, and without doubt provoking a great deal of laughter….. Sunday, the final day of the workshop, will consolidate all that has been learnt and experienced so far, whilst working towards a “big finish”, decided upon by the group.

Chris Grimes is the Artistic Director of INSTANT WIT and the principle workshop leader for the company. He is a highly experienced workshop leader, facilitator & coach. He trained initially as a Drama Teacher at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London, before going on to do the 2 Year Postgraduate Acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, from where he was awarded the Peter Akerman Prize for Comedy.   Since 1988 he has pursued a portfolio career combining all of the transferable skills of being an actor, teacher, trainer, comedy improvisation performer & coach. He has also holidayed at Les Soeurs Anglaises two years running!  More about Chris.....

Mike Akers is a performer, writer, dramaturg and educator from Bristol UK. He has been a member of Instant Wit for more than 15 years and he also performs regularly as his comic alter ego the Reverend Lemon. As a writer, he has had over forty plays commissioned including productions for Salisbury Playhouse, Travelling Light, Polka Theatre, Green Ginger, Sixth Sense, Pins & Needles, The Wrong Crowd and on BBC radio. He works regularly with director Sally Cookson, including a trio of highly successful productions for Bristol Old Vic, Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre, the latter two of which both went on to be produced at the National Theatre. More about Mike…..


“These are conspicuously skilful performers. Everyone is exhilarated on-stage and off!” THE GUARDIAN

“Comic genius - truly sublime!” Venue Magazine

“A first-rate comic” The Stage

the workshop includes:

  • 4 nights

  • 3 days of L'Espace studio workshop with InstantWit

  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments

  • Snacks and beverages throughout your stay

  • Pick-up and drop-off at arrival airport Bergerac / train station Angouleme (at allocated times)*

  • *Air and train fares to and from collection points in France are not included.



Travel day - you will be sent information regarding transportation to Les Soeurs Anglaises (pick-ups are generally late afternoon) from Angoulemetrain station and Bergerac airport. Welcome, Meet + Greet dinner at the house.  Evening intro in L'Espace studio


10am til lunchtime, the Workshop experience commences in earnest with INSTANT WIT: In a fast moving, fun packed, laughter provoking exploration of Comedy Improvisation - along with its liberating “yes and...” mindset and methodology. Delivered in a supportive "Drama Workshop" style and format.  


10am til lunchtime, the Workshop continues - A final “Big Finish” morning workshop - including Q+A with members of the Instantwit company - followed by free time to relax and explore the wonderful surroundings.

DAY 4 

 Brunch and departures before lunch. 



Pricing for this 4 night/3 day workshop varies depending on your choice of accommodation. Please see prices below or click here to see our accommodation photo gallery. 

A:    Single occupancy of Superior double bedroom with en suite: 730€  per person

B:    Single occupancy of Twin bedroom shared bathroom 590€ per person

C:    Shared Twin bedrrom / shared bathroom: 450€ per person

For the Instant Wit workshop we require a 170€ non-refundable deposit (by Paypal or UK bank transfer)  to secure a booking;  the full balance being payable two months prior to the start of the workshop.