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Code of Conduct



The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is a celebration of improvised theatre bringing together improvisers, teachers and audiences from diverse backgrounds to share their talents and engage with the joy of improv. 


This Code of Conduct outlines the standards of behaviour expected of all participants, including performers, workshop leaders, volunteers and attendees.


Respectful Environment


The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is firmly committed to cultivating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, or any other personal characteristic. Our aim is to create a space where everyone feels secure, safe, respected, and valued.

Prohibited Behaviours


Prohibited behaviours at our festival include any behaviour that is discriminatory, harassing, abusive, threatening, or intimidating. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Discriminatory or offensive language or actions

  • Sexual harassment or assault

  • Bullying or intimidation

  • Verbal or physical abuse

  • Spreading of rumours or malicious gossip

  • Unauthorised recording or distribution of performances or workshop sessions

  • Dishonesty or misrepresentation of oneself or one's work

  • Inappropriate or disruptive behaviour in workshops, rehearsals, or performance space


This list is not exhaustive and applies to all employees, attendees and stakeholders. In all situations, individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner, and to uphold the values of integrity, inclusivity, and mutual respect.

Reporting Concerns


If you witness or experience any form of prohibited behaviour during the festival, we encourage you to contact the festival's Safeguarding Officers via email. The Safeguarding team will respond to the message within 24 hours and the incident will be fully investigated within 15 days.

If you would prefer to report anonymously please click here and you will be redirected to an anonymous reporting form that will not take your personal details.

Participants at the festival will be given the contact details of the festival’s two Safeguarding Officers, Chris McNally and Fiona Barry, in order to be able to contact them if something requires immediate attention.

Community Responsibility


We all have a responsibility to contribute to the maintenance of a respectful and inclusive environment.  By upholding the principles outlined in this Code of Conduct we ensure that Edinburgh International Improv Festival remains a place where everyone feels valued and respected.  If you observe or become aware of any conduct that contravenes this code of conduct, we encourage you to promptly address the situation and motivate the individuals involved to modify their behaviour accordingly where appropriate.


By participating in the Edinburgh International Improv Festival you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.


We appreciate your cooperation in creating a safe and welcoming environment for all participants.

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