What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in improvisational theatre, comedy, music, movement, applied improv, self development through improv etc. Both people who like to watch and take part in improv welcome. I started this group to connect with other improv enthusiasts and keep people informed of classes, shows and meet ups. Looking forward to exploring the spontaneous with everybody.

Upcoming events (5+)

The Maydays Saturday Improv Comedy Drop-In

The Maydays Studio

The Maydays Saturday drop-in is a wide ability class, so everyone is welcome! It is ideal for people trying improvisation for the first time, or more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgemental and you will find yourself doing things you never thought you could. Price: £12 Ways to pay: 1. Pre-book and guarantee yourself a place at drop-in as classes are limited to just 16 per drop-in. You’ll receive a loyalty card when you pre-book and your 7th drop-in will be FREE! BOOK HERE: https://themaydayssaturdayimprovcomedydropin.bpt.me 2. Pay on the door if we have any spaces left PLEASE NOTE: Booking your drop-in place is highly recommended, as we’re often full and have now capped these sessions to 16 attendees. You can still turn up and pay on the door if we have room, but if we have to turn you away, please don’t be offended! For those who still have our old bulk buy cards, you can RESERVE your spot on a specific drop-in session, by following the booking link and entering the password – RESERVE MY SPOT (case sensitive). You will need to have your bulk buy card with you to gain entry. IMPORTANT NOTES: Please make sure the correct date is selected once you follow the booking link, as refunds are ONLY issued if the class is cancelled If you reserve a place for drop-in and do not show up, this will count as a used session and be taken off your bulk buy card the next time you join us

The Maydays Performance ‘Stealing from Theatre’ Improvisation Course

In Level 3 of The Maydays advanced improvisation courses, you’ll have 8 weeks to explore what it means to improvise a play. We’ll consider the differences between a ‘theatre’ show and an improv show, how to get from the start to the finish, and we’ll look at the improv ‘rule’ book with a critical eye. What does it mean to be ‘theatrical’? How do we know what’s coming next? Does a play have to be narrative? What can we learn from the likes of Brecht, Pinter, Naturalism, Expressionism, Theatre of the Absurd, Classical, Shakespeare, Eclectic or Contemporary playmakers (nb Don’t worry if this means nothing to you now!) You’ll be encouraged to research theatre styles before trying things out in workshops. What can you expect? Stagecraft – space on the stage and how to utilise it to make it – and us – mean something Stealing creative ideas from scripted theatre shows Emotional Intensity Narrative – getting from the start to the finish Status Direct address and breaking the fourth wall We’ll develop our improv toolkit before performing a show (or shows) that aim to look like scripted theatre. Emotionally connected scenes, relationships, conflict, serious and dramatic themes, sadness, delight, physicality and maybe even multimedia (music, lights, props etc). Who is this course suitable for? Adults ages[masked] People who have enjoyed longform performance courses already Any improviser who has already done a level 2 or 3 course Performance showcase for family & friends at the Maydays Studio at 8 pm on 11th March 2019. “Creative, funny, loving and supportive. All you ever need in life. The Maydays are all these and more. Jump into Improv with these guys. You’ll never regret a moment!” £175.00 – 10% Early Bird Discount Ends 14th December at Midnight BOOK HERE: https://www.themaydays.co.uk/event/performance-stealing-from-theatre-improvisation-course/ GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE VIA OUR SHOP

The Maydays Performance Short Form Improvisation Comedy Course

Brighton, Hove & Sussex 6th Form College (BHASVIC)

£175.00

Level 2 of the Maydays short form improvised comedy courses. Monday nights from 14th January to 4th March, 7pm-9.30pm. BOOK HERE: https://www.themaydays.co.uk/event/performance-short-form-improvisation-comedy-course/ This 8 week, level 2 course will go more deeply into the techniques that make improvisation games fly! Character, object work, wordplay, physical comedy. Learn more about the kind of games you like and your own improv superpowers. And do a show at the end for friends and family! What can I expect? A refresher of the principles of improv (listening and saying yes) An opportunity to play ‘Whose line is it anyway’ short form improv games in front of the group How to do some of the trickier performance games Directing your own short form show. Who is this course suitable for? Adults aged 18 – 100 Those who are graduates of Maydays level 1 (or equivalent). Those with some acting experience. Performance showcase for family & friends at the Maydays Studio on 13th March 2019 ‘More exciting and terrifying than white water rafting. Tremendous shared hilarity and a great way to meet lovely talented people. Failure and success become far less important than just having fun.’ 10% Early Bird Discount Ends 14th December at Midnight GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE VIA OUR SHOP

The Maydays Performance Musical Improvisation Comedy Course

The Maydays Studio

£195.00

Level 2 of The Maydays musical improvised comedy courses. Tuesday nights from 15th january to 5th March, 7pm-9.30pm. BOOK HERE: https://www.themaydays.co.uk/event/performance-musical-improvisation-comedy-course/ In this level 2 of The Maydays musical improvisation courses, you’ll have 8-weeks to stretch your musical improv wings. Building on the beginners’ course you will explore more song structures and ways of using music and singing in your improv scenes. The emphasis is slightly more towards the performance aspect culminating in a performance showcase for family and friends, on the 12th March 2019. What can I expect? Musical games and exercises Different vocal styles and ranges Scenes going into songs More elaborate structures for performance In this course, we will be learning more about stagecraft, musical theatre and presentation. Singing is scary for so many people so we will also be finding out how to support vocally and physically. Who is this course suitable for? Adults aged 18 – 100 People who survived and enjoyed beginners musical improv Anyone looking to expand their range of performance musical improvisation skills. Singers or songwriters looking for inspiration. Performance showcase for family & friends at the Maydays Studio on the 12th March 2019 “I enjoyed everything that we did and felt the course was very well structured and the progression through the 10 weeks was beautifully tailored to our needs. The teachers brought joy and laughter each week and encouraged us to try out ideas in an informative, supportive and constructive atmosphere.” 10% Early Bird Discount Ends 14th December at Midnight GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE VIA OUR SHOP

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The Maydays Improv Comedy Drop-in Class

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