Zooming marvellous or all Zoomed out?

When we sent out our last newsletter, we were very much in the ‘honeymoon’ stage of our relationship with the online platform Zoom. We were still discovering how much it could bring to our lockdown lives; everything felt new and exciting. If there were any little failings or minor irritations on its part, well, we could overlook them in the interests of harmony.

Since then, we’ve had our ‘falling out’ days. Mel – who is teaching and rehearsing improv online - now takes at least one ‘non-Zoom’ day every week, and we’re both starting to request good old-fashioned phone calls to friends and family (after all, we know what they look like and, sometimes, seeing them on a screen just makes the distance feel greater.) But we’re pleased to report that, despite occasional differences, our relationship with Zoom has evolved and strengthened. It’s enabled us to keep our improv community connected and to introduce improv and play to new people, beyond our local area, or who might not have had the time or the inclination to sign up before.

And when all this is over? Will we still love Zoom in a post-lockdown world? Maybe not quite as faithfully, but we’re sure we can still be friends.

Keep well
Mel & Jess

PS If you're all Zoomed out, or you never wanted in, then we'll hope to see you further down the line when we can gather together in the real world once again.
Press Play Now

Feel like your life is on pause? Let the fun back in with an online hour of collaborative games with a high risk of laughter, in the company of like-minded souls.

All welcome, no experience needed.
6-7pm Tuesdays
Pay as you feel (£5 suggested)

Click here to book or find out more
Improv Saturdays Online

Our regular weekly sessions of fun improv games are proving so popular, we've added another time slot:

Every Saturday:
11 to 12pm
12.15 to 1.15pm

Pay as you feel (£6 suggested)

Numbers are limited so please email us here to reserve your place, and let us know which time slot you'd prefer.
Ilkley Lit Fest Fringe 2020

In many ways, there’s never been a more challenging time to be planning a fringe festival, but we all need hope, creativity and inspiration right now - and that's our vision for the Fringe. If you have a connection to Yorkshire, we'd love you to get involved.

Maybe you’re an established performer, or maybe you’ve never had the time to explore your dream of performing. If you have time on your hands and an idea you want to bring to an audience (virtual or face-to-face), now’s the time to bring it to fruition.

It may be that the Fringe moves to the spring of 2021, or shifts to a purely online festival, but for now we’re aiming for the usual dates in October – Sat 3 and Sun 4 Oct.

Head over to the
ILF website to find out more
Links to help you stay playful...

1. Let your inner clown come out to play with Holly Stoppit's daily Clown Workouts

2. Check out Playful Play Mondays with the lovely Robbie Foulston (Facebook Link)

3. Take part in some playful, interactive singing to spread hope and appreciation right after Clap for Carers on a Thursday evening: Echo Station

4. Create your own origami zoo/city/universe.

5. And if Zoom just doesn't do it for you, you could always hang out with your friends in a virtual world instead.

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