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 3rd April, Tonight’s Top Story, Komedia Brighton Book Here
Saturday 25th April, Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show, ImproFest 2015, Tristan Bates Theatre, London Book Here
Saturdays 2nd May & 23rd May, The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show, Komedia Brighton, 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! Taking the Brighton Fringe brochure as their inspiration, The Maydays create an entirely new show every night. You, the audience, choose performances and events from the fringe guide to inspire us. Wonder what this year’s Chekhovian Mime Act or Bavarian Heavy Metal Band will look like? The Maydays will create their own version with our award-winning formula!
“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 April 15th 2015
Price: £142 (£121 concessions)
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 April 15th 2015
The Maydays are one of the UK’s top improv companies and have trained with tutors from I.O, UCB, The Annoyance and Montreal Improv amongst others to develop their own unique style.
In this intro to longform, the emphasis moves away from games and towards a more fluid and versatile kind of improvised comedy and theatre. We will teach you techniques to create whole shows from a simple one-word suggestion, a monologue, or even newspaper article.
You will learn how to create longer, more subtle and detailed scenes and explore a much wider range of improv possibilities. We also offer you the freedom to create your own new forms with the guidance of experienced members of The Maydays.
“I enjoyed most, the energy that long form improv gave me, and therefore the freedom almost to be myself. Life requires so many roles and here i could be all of them. The biggest challenge was sticking to a format, a story with links. Inevitably more rewarding in the long run, especially with other team support. I have got a lot of confidence out of the course, lots of understanding of me. Great fun, freedom, a chance to release, and just loads of fun! I also found it hard which was good, and i want more and more challenges like this. Loved it!”
Where: BHASVIC, Brighton
When: 10 Tuesday nights, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, begins April 14th 2015
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-judgmental.
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.
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: 3 Wednesdays beginning 8th April, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on future London Courses
Liverpool Comedy Improv is a new Drop-in workshop for anyone who wants to explore Comedy Improvisation brought to you in association with The Maydays. These weekly 2 hr workshops will explore principles of improv, ideas, games, scenes, character, and play. And lots and lots of laughter. Come and have a go for yourself! All levels of (in)experience welcome!
Liverpool Comedy Improv sessions are led by Emma Bird, an improviser, teacher, performer for many a year, trained by the Maydays, and co-founder of The Hee Ha’s who regularly perform in Brighton
Where: The Magnet, 45 Hardman Street, L1 9AS Liverpool
When: Mondays 7 – 9pm
Price: £6/5 Concessions – with prepay discounts available (10 classes for the price of 8 and 25 classes for the price of 15)
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
Please Contact Osho Leela to book the September Festival
‘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: March 2016 dates tbc
Prices: tbc – but see our Improv Retreat for ball park figures
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.
Jen trained at ACT Brighton and now teaches there on a regular basis. Her credits includedreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Fringe-first nominated Bite-size Plays. She has toured withThe Foundry Group and played Ero in The Widow’s Tears for the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ series. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA nominated Treason Show Productions and can be seen as a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams at various festivals.
As an improviser, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with Impromptu Shakespeare, plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd and once won £2.38 during an ‘improv-off’ in a Ken Campbell workshop. She has trained at Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and has two writing projects on the go: a sitcom pilot and a one-woman show about an SF writer. Yeah, she’s busy.
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