The Maydays Blog: Improv Comedy Company
The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat (18th-22nd September) in memory of our friend, teacher and mentor Jason Chin. Jason was a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays. At a practical level our show, “Tonight’s Top Story”, was blatantly stolen from the format of “Whirled News Tonight”...
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We are all grown up people… We all have important duties in our lives, we are responsible for others. We have jobs, families, we have our daily struggles. All the things that contribute to “adult life”. But yet, somehow we manage to find in our lives this magical spark that makes us children again. Makes...
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Okay so I have to be honest, I first came up with this idea as a bit of a joke.  I mean, Brexit, with all its ramifications, businesses with huge European and Global reach, and me banging on about improv.  So I did some research to find out what it really is that businesses are...
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Improv for Team Building In the second part of Improv for Team Building Skills, we examine the close relationships that are required for an effective team, and how Improv Training can create unique interactions and form lasting relationships. Find out more about the benefits of Business Improv with The Maydays here. Interpersonal Relationships Interpersonal relationships...
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How Improv Classes create Relationships We at The Maydays were delighted when our first ‘Improv Couple’ got together.  They met at one of our improv classes, improvised together for 8 weeks and – BOOM!  Since then we have seen a succession of couples emerge from their time improvising together with us and elsewhere.  In some...
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Improv for Team Building There are many aspects of personal and professional life that can be enhanced using improv training.  There is one area however that seems to be the perfect match, improv for team building skills.  The skills that are required to make a believable, coherent and often funny improvised scene in the moment,...
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IMPROV and YOGA The Moment Is The Only Place Where Anything Ever Happens This was spoken last week by a teacher of mine – a teacher neither of yoga nor of improv, but of Meisner, another acting technique.  I love how all the paths that I love are about the same thing – because it is...
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The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the 5th Annual Intensive for Experienced Improvisers (20th-24th March) in memory of our friend, teacher and mentor Jason Chin. Jason was a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays. At a practical level our show, “Tonight’s Top Story”, was blatantly stolen from the format of “Whirled News...
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We are delighted to announce to announce the winner of the Jason Chin Scholarship for the Maydays Retreat September 2018 is…drumroll…Neville Bharucha, 29 years old from Mumbai, India. On his improvisation experience Neville says ‘When I did it for the first time in 2013, I realised how much of an impact it has in the...
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The Maydays Improv Retreat is almost upon us and that means it’s almost the closing date to apply for the Jason Chin Scholarship. We started the Scholarship in 2015 so we thought it was about time we caught up with our previous scholars to see what they’ve been doing since. Jen M Thomas – Retreat...
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Our most recent scholarship winner, Rosanna Stevens, gives us a frank and first hand glimpse into the emotional, physical and psychological journey that an Improv Festival can take you on.  In the second part of a two part series, Rosanna talks about how her outlook began to change and what she took away from the...
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Our most recent scholarship winner, Rosanna Stevens, gives us a frank and first hand glimpse into the emotional, physical and psychological journey that an Improv Festival can take you on.  In the first part or a two part series, Rosanna talks about her first impressions and how she overcame her anxieties… Maydays Spring Intensive Improv...
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The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat  (19th-23rd September) in memory of our friend, teacher and mentor Jason Chin. Jason was a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays. At a practical level our show, “Tonight’s Top Story”, was blatantly stolen from the format of “Whirled News Tonight”...
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Improv for Presentation Skills Presentation skills lie at the heart of business.  Whether one on one, or to a room full of delegates, it can be the difference between success and failure.  In our experience in improvisation training, pitching and presenting are primarily about two things: confidence, and telling a compelling story. Find out more...
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The Maydays has been around for a while. Not always with the same personel, but the company is coming up to its fourteenth year. In that time we’ve gone from a bunch of improv enthusiasts doing reps above a pub, to a company with significant turnover, gigging pretty much every week, running classes across Europe...
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Mayday! Mayday! We’re looking for help… Since moving into our new home in Brighton last November we’ve expanded our offerings and we’re looking for people to get involved both in paid and voluntary positions. Interested? Check out how you could get involved here.  Get Involved  
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Congratulations to Rosanna Stevens who is the winner of the Jason Chin Scholarship for the Maydays Improv Intensive 2018. Rosanna is an improvisor, humourist, musician, writer and researcher based in Canberra, Australia – our most far flung winner to date! She says ‘I believe our improv community could really grow by learning more about fearlessly supporting...
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Here are a few paragraphs of very sound advice from Jules Munns, Improviser, co-founder and director of The Nursery Theatre and Training Centre and, fortunately for us, a Mayday too.  Find out how he deals with the obsessive improv chat after class and also his ‘Ten Things you Haven’t Done, but Definitely Know you Should...
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Our previous Jason Chin Scholarship winner, Adina, tells us about her experience of coming from Romania to do 4 days of improv with The Maydays. A time for gratitude, joy and…improv…always! In the land of far far away Bucharest, Romania, in a time when everybody is thinking about resolutions and the new year, Fm still...
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The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Intensive  (21st-25th March) in memory of our friend, teacher and mentor Jason Chin. Jason was a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays. At a practical level our show, “Tonight’s Top Story”, was blatantly stolen from the format of “Whirled News Tonight”...
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