Improvised Comedy Professionals

We are The Maydays

We are The Maydays, an award-winning improvised comedy company with bases in Brighton and London. We offer brilliant, acclaimed performances and life-changing tuition in improvised comedy - the creation of scenes and songs in the moment with the power to make people laugh, cry and think.

Shows

Friday 5th December, ‘Oh Boy’ at the Komedia Brighton, BOOK HERE

Friday 19th December ‘Improvision’ (Improvised Eurovision) at The Miller, London Bridge BOOK HERE

Saturday 20th December, The Maydays at Hoopla Comedy Club, The Miller, London Bridge BOOK HERE

 

The Maydays Shows

Oh Boy! Quantum Leap Show

Confessions

4th October

View Show

Confessions

The Last Ten Years

Tonights Top Story

The Maydays Presents

The Seagull Has Landed

The Fringe Show

Guest Who?

Reviews of some of our shows

  • Sometimes inspired, always great, occasionally laceratingly funny, and at times deeply affecting.

    — Fringe Guru —
  • One of the best improvised shows out there, and you get the feeling that any of these actors could easily hold their own with the likes of Merton, Frost and Jupitus… a must see.

    — Chortle —
  • The Maydays are England’s vanguard of long-form improvisation.

    — Jason Chin, iO Chicago —
  • The Maydays are an improv ensemble firmly committed to artistic growth and challenge unwilling to settle for simply being awesome. It makes them exciting to watch and a pleasure to work with.

    — Rich and Rebecca Sohn of The Annoyance, Chicago —
  • They’re funny, confident, imaginative, charming and not afraid of making themselves look ridiculous. They will turn your secrets and stories into something to make you laugh your socks off. Go see them if you can.

    — Fringe Review —
  • First class improv-comedy.

    — The Latest —
  • The energy and enthusiasm from the five performers had the audience laughing and cheering at their rapid wit, sharp satire and clever characterisation.

    — A Younger Theatre —
  • There is no doubt The Maydays are a reputable and extremely talented group, the task they undertake to provide on the spot entertainment is no small feat and is most definitely achieved through astonishing ease and enthusiasm.

    — We Love Brighton —

Company

Who are we anyway?

Meet The Maydays!

JOHN CREMER

REBECCA MacMILLAN

KATY SCHUTTE

JEN ROWE

HEATHER URQUHART

JASON BLACKWATER

LIZ PETERS

JULES MUNNS

RHIANNON VIVIAN

JOE SAMUEL

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

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JOE SAMUEL

CHRIS MEAD

LLOYDIE JAMES LLOYD

Comedy Classes

classes

Brighton

Weekly Drop In

Where: Unitarian Church Hall (entrance to left of the Church), New Road, Brighton.

When: Every Thursday night, 8.15pm – 10pm


The 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.

Prebook via our merchandise page

Or Just turn up and play!

£10 on the door
No need to book

Beginners Improv Comedy

Unleash your creative potential and increase your confidence with improvised comedy! ‘Improv’ uses no scripts or prepared material. Comedy is created in the moment: a playful and liberating experience, which is both very funny and helpful for overcoming creative blocks. The weekly course is suitable for both beginners and those with some acting or comedy experience, and culminates in a show for friends and family on the 11th week. 10 Wednesdays beginning October 8th.

Where: Evolution Arts, Sillwood Terrace, Brighton

When: 10 Wednesday nights, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, begins January 21st 2015

Price: £142 (£121 concessions)

BOOK HERE – only a few places left!

OR

Where: BHASVIC, Brighton

When: 10 Saturday mornings, 10am til 12 noon, begins January 17th 2015

Price: £150

BOOK HERE

 

Intermediate Improv Comedy

Level 2 of the Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses.
This course will go more deeply into the techniques that makes makes improvisation games fly! Character, object work, wordplay, physical comedy. Learn more about the kind of games you like and your own improv superpowers.
We’ll also be looking at some of the trickier performance games out there and shifting the focus onto directing your own shortform show. The course culminates in a show for friends and family. 10 Wednesdays beginning October 8th

Where: BHASVIC, Brighton

When: 10 Wednesdays, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, begins January 21st 2015

Price: £175

BOOK HERE

Musical Improv Beginners

A 10 week crash course in musical improv covering a vast range of singing styles, song structures, exercises and games.  Really useful for those who want to give it a go but need a safe environment to let their musical hair down.  Petrified?  Dont worry, by the time you leave you will be ready to sing in front of anyone! Heather and Joe are part of the UK’s double award winning Maydays and Authors of Musical improv book ‘Sing it!’.


“More exciting/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. You’ll hurt yourself laughing. With teachers like Heather and Joe you believe you can do anything.”

Where: BHASVIC, Brighton

When: 10 Tuesday nights, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, begins January 21st 2015

Price: £175

BOOK HERE

Advanced Short Courses

Playing from the heart with Liz Peters.

Playing From The Heart

The present moment has such power and opportunity if we allow ourselves to really be in it. However we often skip over it because we are so busy analysing, planning or remembering. It’s time to free ourselves from the critical noises of the human mind and awaken the animal inside!
For this course we’ll be discarding structure and rules to enjoy improvising in the purest sense: just you, your scene partner and the moment. Using meditative techniques and physical work we will bring the awareness back into the body, really start to listen to it and discover the freedom of playing from instinct and sensation. We will look at how playing truthfully creates scenes that really land in the hearts of the audience and how creativity can flow easily though you when you are open to it.
It’s time to stop thinking and start liberating the master improviser within!

Where: BHASVIC, Brighton

When: 4 Tuesdays , 6.45pm – 9.45pm, begins January 13th 2015

Price: £85.00

BOOK HERE

Next up:
Improv into Sketch writing Short Course with Jenny Rowe 4 Tues from 10/02/15

MORE INFO AND BOOK
Don’t Drop your Shit with John Cremer – 4 Tues from 10/03/15

BOOKING DETAILS TO FOLLOW

London

Weekly Drop In

Two and a half hours of improvisation fun! Working on the skills at the heart of improvisation, such as listening, making offers and committing to your choices, each week you will go a little further into improvisation. Led by a super-experienced teacher, the Maydays drop in is a safe, supportive environment in which to push yourself into things you never thought you could accomplish.
The drop-in is a wide ability class, but is specifically aimed at newer improvisers, or more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgemental.

Where: The Nursery Training Centre, 88 Borough High Street, SE1 1XU

When: Saturdays 1-3.30pm

Price: £12 advance, or £15 on the door.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Classes are limited to 14 students and no guarantee is made of a place if you do not book.

BOOK HERE

Musical Improvisation - Core Skills

Come learn to improvise musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the London scene, headed up by Jules Munns. Scenes and characters from nowhere allow you to channel your inner diva and burst into song when the moment arises! For an audience, it looks like a miracle, for the perfromer it feels like flying.

“More addictive than a crack filled brownie”

During this course, you will be introduced to the core skills of melody and lyrics, rhyming and choruses, leading to the ability to create songs on any topic instantly. In a supportive and nurturing environment, you will see how to fit songs into scenes and those scenes together into shows!

“This course has consistently been the best improv experience I’ve had. There’s been plenty of that start-of-the-roller coaster excitement, but I’ve always felt safe and cherished.”

The course involves not just in two- or three- person scenes and games, but techniques on how to create complex dance routines and chorus numbers. Musical improvisation is the ultimate team form. Even when singing that show-stopping solo, you are supported by a full company as other characters, backing singers and dancers.

“Everything is relevant, useful & FUN!”

People who have done some improvisation before. Maybe a few drop-ins or a beginners course. We will look after you whatever you level of Improv 5-a-side at the Nurseryexperience. Mostly this course is for people who want to try something new, exciting and challenging in a supportive, positive environment.

“The course is perfect. More time!”

Most importantly, there is no need to have a singing voice at all!

Where: The Nursery, Southwark

When: 12 Wednesdays beginning February 4th 2015, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Price: £253.50

BOOK HERE

Longform Music Advanced Short Courses

Three week bitesize classes for students who have already done a beginners’ course or equivalent. Taught by Katy Schutte with musician Tom Hodge.

Where: The Priory Arms Stockwell

When: 12 Wednesdays beginning Jan 14th, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Price: £73.50 each or £262.50 when booking all four

Advanced Short Form Music (getting those short form musical games really tight and learning some new ones) BOOK HERE
 
Story Musical (working towards an audience titled musical; think Baby Wants Candy or Music Box) BOOK HERE
 
Sondheim (looking at realism, true stories and Sondheim/Jason Robert Brown style music) BOOK HERE
Creating a Form (working as a team to create an original long form musical form)

Please email mayday@themaydays.co.uk for more details on London Courses

Elsewhere

1st Annual Improv Spring Intensive 18th - 22nd March 2015

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Osho Leela, Dorset

Spring Improv Intensive
Sharpen your improv skills at the creative hotbed that is Osho Leela. If you want to raise your game as an improvisor then this is the place. The Maydays have worked with the best teachers we could find and gathered a formidable arsenal of techniques. Classes will be streamed and focused, there will be personal feedback and coaching throughout the intensive and an explosion of showcases at the end. We will also laugh a lot.

‘Imagine a school where you woke up every morning and had breakfast with fascinating people, most of whom are incredibly funny creative geniuses. Imagine a school where you looked at the day’s timetable and were disappointed that you could not attend EVERY lesson as they were all just too brilliant. Imagine a school where you hoped that a chance fault in the space-time continuum would mean that the lessons would never end. Imagine a school that you didn’t want to leave at the end of the day! Thanks Maydays – I’ve now mentally replaced the memory of my own dull, grey schooling with the rainbow-technicolour memories of last week.’
Steve Chapman

Where: Osho Leela, Dorset

When: 18th – 22nd march 2015

Prices:
£ 475.00 / Wednesday to Sunday, including food & dormitory accommodation
Early Bird rate: £ 425.00 if paid 17 days in advance

BOOK HERE

7th Annual Improv Residential Festival 23rd-27th September 2015

Osho Leela, Dorset

Come laugh and celebrate your spontaneous creativity in a positive, supportive environment. For the 7th year in a row, Leela is hosting the UK’s premier residential improvisation festival. Savour a massive extravaganza of improv with a dazzling buffet of classes taught by The Maydays. There will be shows and showcases galore and classes for all levels of experience.

‘What an amazing inspirational week! Thanks Maydays for putting it all together, I think you’ve possibly created the best festival in the whole world ever. I hope to make it part of my life for every year ever and am going to tell everyone about it constantly.’
Steve Roe, Hoopla

Imagine a school where you woke up every morning and had breakfast with fascinating people, most of whom are incredibly funny creative geniuses. Imagine a school where you looked at the day’s timetable and were disappointed that you could not attend EVERY lesson as they were all just too brilliant. Imagine a school where you hoped that a chance fault in the space-time continuum would mean that the lessons would never end. Imagine a school that you didn’t want to leave at the end of the day! Thanks Maydays – I’ve now mentally replaced the memory of my own dull, grey schooling with the rainbow-technicolour memories of last week.

Steve Chapman

‘Every single second was purely amazing (and its hard to remember them all in the right order). Performing in front of a welcoming, encouraging and effusive audience was really special. The Maydays who make themselves so easily accessible for discussions, questions and god knows what. The people. ‘
Brian Quinn

‘Well done & big thanks to Maydays et al for organising such a great festival & so lovely to meet so many fellow-messers in the one place! Adjusting back to real life & non-playful work life is very dull indeed!’

Helen Dooley

‘Thanks all for 4 really enjoyable days. Completely open and accepting group of people, so uncommon in daily life. Should be rolled out across the country.’

Where: Osho Leela, Dorset

When: 23rd-27th September

Pease Contact Osho Leela to book the September Festival



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Booking is essential for most of the courses and elective workshops below – please see here for our terms and conditions.

Some reviews of our classes

  • It’s the bravest, most fun and most impactful course I’ve ever done. Being pushed out of my comfort zone and enjoying it. I loved laughing for 2 hours straight every week! It has also changed me into more of a ‘yes and’ person as I feel more comfortable with whatever might come my way!

    — ELENA —
  • The Maydays are one of the Best Groups I have had the Pleasure to Watch, Teach, as well as Perform with…GO and STUDY with These Folks…You Will Learn Improvisation!!!!

    — MARK BELTZMAN —
  • It has been such an incredible experience from start to finish. To go from being so nervous and over whelmed in the first class to doing a show to be proud of by the end was an amazing journey to go through. I would recommend anyone who wants to explore their own sense of humor to go for it, you’re guaranteed to laugh! Our teachers, helped us from the very beginning by encouraging us not to worry or be afraid. There is still a little fear but the course has made me ‘feel the fear and do it anyway

    — JO —
  • The atmosphere of acceptance in the group was probably the best thing. The instructors showed real leadership in that regard, which was then something the group could take on and nurture and I feel it is helping with the freedom to be myself.
    It’s a very supportive, enabling atmosphere to be in, you will have a lot of fun, laugh a lot, and meet a lot of very nice people.

    — ARTHUR —
  • The course felt like being in hot bath after a particularly hard game of rugby. Painful and challenging to get in but warm, cosy, protecting and most rewarding the more you stayed there. For me it was a hot bath that never went cold. Feeling like you were part of a group; the, “I got your back,” mentality nurtured by your teaching and developed throughout the weeks was amazing.

    — SIMON TOPPING —
  • The course was excellently put together and the teachers were so professional and funny. I have never laughed so much on a Wednesday. I would recommend it to anyone after some confidence boosting and a good giggle

    — Andy Jackson —
  • Learning improv with the Maydays feels like the most spoiled I’ve been in years. Having a world-class award-winning company on your doorstep is an ace that not many people are dealt, so you’re going to have to ask yourself whether you want to pass up the opportunity to learn the black magic of improv comedy from true masters of the art. Do you? No, I didn’t either – and thank God, because it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life so far. Whether you want to gain confidence, learn how to be funny, figure out new ways of being creative, meet amazing new people, or just fancy dumping your life for a couple of hours a week and laughing your socks off, I’d highly recommend it – and get booked up quick because they always sell out.

    — Nicola Tann —
  • What an amazing inspirational week! Thanks Maydays for putting it all together, I think you’ve possibly created the best festival in the whole world ever. I hope to make it part of my life for every year ever and am going to tell everyone about it constantly.

    — Steve Roe, Hoopla —
  • Imagine a school where you woke up every morning and had breakfast with fascinating people, most of whom are incredibly funny creative geniuses. Imagine a school where you looked at the day’s timetable and were disappointed that you could not attend EVERY lesson as they were all just too brilliant. Imagine a school where you hoped that a chance fault in the space-time continuum would mean that the lessons would never end. Imagine a school that you didn’t want to leave at the end of the day! Thanks Maydays – I’ve now mentally replaced the memory of my own dull, grey schooling with the rainbow-technicolour memories of last week.

    — Steve Chapman —
  • Every single second was purely amazing (and its hard to remember them all in the right order). Performing in front of a welcoming, encouraging and effusive audience was really special. The Maydays who make themselves so easily accessible for discussions, questions and god knows what. The people.

    — Brian Quinn —
  • I really enjoyed the course & had alot of fun having the opportunity to let go, be silly, have fun, nothing being ‘wrong’. The Maydays are great teachers & a great team together. They offer a great mix of expertise in improv, challenging the group but also naturally supporting the group too. Well done & thank you!

    — Faye Phillips —
  • I enjoyed meeting a warm and friendly group of people with varied backgrounds, spending time with them and seeing them grow, the guaranteed laughter and seeing people do absolutely ridiculous things every week and then doing something utterly ridiculous myself. Also being encouraged and made to feel safe by the tutors. Enjoying their energy and experience.

    — John Jones —

Corporate

The maydays show experience

Add a touch of personalised humour to your event with a bespoke show. Inspired by your anecdotes, specific systems or characters, The Maydays will create a unique musical show that really captures the essence of your company. Whatever the event we can guarantee unforgettable entertainment that will be talked about for years.

What we offer
    • Corporate Entertainment
    • Private Functions
    • Conference Entertainment
    • After Dinner Show
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The maydays training experience

Improvisation is fast becoming the tool of choice for businesses who want to improve productivity. The simple philosophy behind it is the key to the creative, flexible thinking and communication that is at the heart of a successful company. The Maydays will guide you through a set of carefully selected exercises and show you how the skills can directly transfer to your workplace.

What we offer
    • Communication
    • Teambuilding
    • Leadership
    • Innovation
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Training and show experience

If you’re looking for something different to inspire your team The Maydays offer a unique opportunity to learn basic improvisation techniques, followed by the chance to perform on stage with professional improvisers. We provide a supportive environment to ensure that, whilst absorbing key skills, you experience the thrill of creating comedy in the moment with this unrivalled bonding opportunity.

What we offer
    • Away Days
    • Business Retreats
    • Brand Launches
    • Bespoke Events
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  • John Cremer and his Mayday colleagues bring events to life in dazzling and unexpected ways. Their ability to bring out the improvising talents of random members of an audience is uncanny and inspirational. They electrify audiences with spur-of-the-moment improvisations that are variously dramatic, entertaining and hilarious

    — Michael Dodd, Broadcast Journalist, Media Trainer and International Speaker —
  • The Maydays’ show was definitely the highlight of our event. They got the mood of the audience immediately and presented a great, high level show which was both clever and extremely funny at the same time. Best of all was their enormous sense of fun, which was completely contagious for the audience.

    — Tomas Marcenaro, Lynx Global Brand Director, Unilever —
  • The laughter was continual and we were all surprised at the depth of learning and the practical value of the skills we acquired. Our team still talk about the event and we have certainly bonded as a group. We are already planning a follow-up session.

    — Andy North, The Catering People —
  • A truly magical experience…powerful in its simplicity. Hundreds of applications to how we work with each other and our clients…never thought it would be so relevant.

    — Susanna Mitterer, Managing Director of TMI —
  • Highly professional…please extend my admiration for their professionalism and my hopes that they will be working with us on many occasions in the future.

    — John Blaskey, Managing Director ofThe Exhibiting Agency —
  • The Maydays knew exactly how to take a simple idea and run with it until the audience were in stitches. Thank you for a great night of entertainment

    — Newham Academy of Music, East Ham, London —
  • The Maydays’ performance was the highlight of our clergy conference – hilarious, clever and pitched perfectly for the audience. They enthralled us by turning our suggestions and comments into comic turns and songs. The laughter never stopped and it was all totally appropriate – slightly cheeky but never offensive. They got the audience on their side from the start, and the mood of happiness and delight lingered long after they’d left the stage

    — The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich —
  • A fantastic and bloody brilliant, entertaining way of learning. I would be very interested in pursuing a course of sessions.

    — Mark Thriscott, The Speakologist —
  • Sarah and I really loved your act and the memory of the improvisation based on our daughter Meghan will last for years!

    — Sarah and David Clancy's 50th Birthday Party at Windlesham —

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