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.
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
Do Not Adjust Your Stage
Who ya Gonna Call?
Kick back and enjoy the funnies with some of London’s finest improvisers.
Turn up,tear out and laugh lots as we give other fringe shows a unique makeover.
“I can’t recommend this show enough. Sometimes inspired, always great, occasional laceratingly funny, and at times deeply affecting.” – Fringe Guru
‘Guest Who’ Invites a special guest to tell stories from their life based on one word from the audience. These monologues inspire improvised sketches and musical numbers. Previous guests include Jim Bowen (Bullseye), Rob Rouse (Dave’s One Night Stand, 8 Out Of 10 Cats), Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s BBC Comedy Roadshow), Carl Donnelly (Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News) and Carol Cleveland (Monty Python’s Flying Circus).
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.
Or Just turn up and play!
£10 on the door
No need to book
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!
Where: BHASVIC, Brighton
When: 10 Saturday mornings, 10am til 12 noon, begins January 17th 2015
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
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
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
Improv into Sketch writing Short Course with Jenny Rowe 4 Tues from 10/02/15
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Don’t Drop your Shit with John Cremer – 4 Tues from 10/03/15
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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.
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
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
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on London Courses
Osho Leela, Dorset
‘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.’
Where: Osho Leela, Dorset
When: 18th – 22nd march 2015
£ 475.00 / Wednesday to Sunday, including food & dormitory accommodation
Early Bird rate: £ 425.00 if paid 17 days in advance
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.
‘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. ‘
‘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!’
‘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
Booking is essential for most of the courses and elective workshops below – please see here for our terms and conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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