Comedy Classes

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Brighton

Weekly Thursday Improv Comedy Drop In

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. Just turn up and play no need to book!

Where: Unitarian Church Hall (entrance to left of the Church), New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF 

When: Every Thursday night, 8pm – 10pm

Price: £12 on the door or 10 class card @ £8p/class, 25 class card @ £6p/class. Bulk buy class cards via our shop page here  

PLEASE NOTE: During the Brighton Fringe our drop-in will run from 8.15-10.15pm on 11th, 18th, 25th May and 1st June at St Mary’s Church, 61 St. James Street, Kemptown Brighton, BN2 1PR

FREE Improv Comedy Taster Session

A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays.

A fun and gentle introduction to this life-changing art form. Comedy is created in the moment: a playful and liberating experience, which is both very funny and helpful for overcoming creative blocks and increasing self-confidence.

“I’m a lot more confident with taking lead in social situations, if you need to cure shyness/stage fright/general unconfidence, DO IT!”

Where: BHASVIC, 205 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 6EG

When: Saturday 1st April 11am – 12.30pm

Price: FREE

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FREE Musical Improv Comedy Taster Session

A 90-minute introduction to musical improvised comedy with The Maydays.

A fun and gentle introduction to this life-changing art form. Really useful for those who want to give musical improv a go but need a safe environment to let their musical hair down.  Petrified?  Don’t worry, by the time you leave you will be ready to sing in front of anyone!

“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. You’ll hurt yourself laughing. With teachers like The Maydays you believe you can do anything.”

Where: BHASVIC, 205 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 6EG

When: Saturday 1st April 1pm – 2.30pm

Price: FREE

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Performance Longform Improv Comedy Course

The Maydays Level 2 Performance Longform Improvisation Comedy Course.

In this level 2, 8 week course, the emphasis remains away from shortform games and towards a more fluid and versatile kind of improvised comedy and theatre, just like the Maydays perform themselves. They’ll teach you techniques to create whole shows from a simple one-word suggestion, a monologue, or a newspaper article.

You’ll learn how to create longer, more subtle and detailed scenes and explore a much wider range of improv possibilities. They also offer you the freedom to create your own new forms with the guidance of experienced members of The Maydays.

The course culminates in a performance showcase for family and friends on Wednesday 14th June.

“The Maydays are one of the best groups I have had the pleasure to watch, teach, perform with…GO and study with these folks….you will learn improvisation!”

Where: BHASVIC, 205 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 6EG

When: Tuesdays from 18th April – 6th June, 7-9.30pm

Price: £175 – Book Before 21st March for a 15% Early Bird Discount!

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Performance Musical Longform Improv Comedy Course

Advanced Performance Musical Longform Improv Comedy Course.

You’ll have 8 weeks to create a musical from nowhere, it looks like a miracle, feels like flying and is much easier to do than you expect. Come create heroes and villains, gracefully interlacing stories and comedy on the spot. This course will help you do the impossible: improvise a complete musical from nothing more than a few simple suggestions.

This course is designed for those with musical improv and longform improvisation experience already as this is an advanced course. The course culminates in a performance showcase for family and friends, on Tuesday 13th June.

“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. You’ll hurt yourself laughing. With teachers like The Maydays you believe you can do anything.”

Where: BHASVIC, Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 6EG

When: Tuesdays from 18th April – 6th June, 7-9.30pm

Price: £195 – Book Before 21st March for a 15% Early Bird Discount!

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Beginners Improv Comedy Course

Level 1 of The Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses.

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.

“It’s the bravest, most fun and impactful course I’ve ever done!”

Where: BHASVIC, 205 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 6EG

When: Wednesdays from 19th April – 7th June, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Price: £150 – Book before 22nd March for a 15% Early Bird Discount

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Beginners Musical Improv Comedy Course

The Maydays Introduction to Musical Improvised Comedy.

An 8-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?  Don’t worry, by the time you leave you will be ready to sing in front of anyone!

“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. You’ll hurt yourself laughing. With teachers like The Maydays you believe you can do anything.”

Where: BHASVIC, Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 6EG

When: Wednesdays from 19th April – 7th June, 7pm-9.30pm

Price: £195 – Book before 22nd March for a 15% Early Bird Discount!

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London

Weekly Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop In

Three 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, from new improvisers to more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgmental.

Where: The Nursery Training Centre, 6th Floor of Capital House, Weston Street, SE1 3QD

When: Wednesday 7pm – 10pm

Price: £15

IMPORTANT NOTE: Classes are limited to 16 students and no guarantee is made of a place if you do not book. Please note that the Nursery cannot refund tickets after purchase. Please check the date and title of this event carefully as they are unable to issue any refunds except in the case of cancellation.

LONDON LOYALTY CARD AVAILABLE WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE – BUY 6 GET THE 7TH DROP-IN FREE!

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Weekly Saturday Improv Comedy Drop In

Three 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 for new improvisers to more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgmental.

Where: The Nursery Training Centre, 6th Floor of Capital House, Weston Street, SE1 3QD

When: Saturdays 1pm – 4pm

Price: £15

IMPORTANT NOTE: Classes are limited to 16 students and no guarantee is made of a place if you do not book. Please note that the Nursery cannot refund tickets after purchase. Please check the date and title of this event carefully as they are unable to issue any refunds except in the case of cancellation.

LONDON LOYALTY CARD AVAILABLE WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE – BUY 6 GET THE 7TH DROP-IN FREE!

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Stroud

Long Form Improvisation Course

Welcome to long form improvisation, where you can make anything happen! Long form is unscripted theatre (often but not always comedic), where the improvisers in the moment of performance are the writers, directors and performers of their work.

In this seven week course you’ll have a solid introduction to the core techniques and principles of long form improvisation, working towards an (optional) showcase performance at the end of the course. Long form improv is powerfully creative whilst intensely playful. It’s highly enjoyable in itself and has useful applications for people who perform in other contexts such as comics or actors, and it can be very helpful for those who have difficulty with public speaking and presenting, or overcoming creative blocks.

The techniques are also used extensively in TV and film for adding interest depth and realism to scripted work, and many MBA courses in the US include an improv module due to the cross-over benefits of improv for business skills.

The Maydays are pleased to be able to offer a course in Stroud now that Rebecca MacMillan (one of our founding members) is resident in the town. Please note this course is limited to 14 students.

The showcase will take place on Thursday 6th April at The British School Hall, Gloucester Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, GL5 1QG.

Where: the Little Vic, 5 Gloucester Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1QG

When: 7 sessions 21st Feb – 4th April incl, 7-9.30pm

Price: £100

SOLD OUT

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Elsewhere

3rd Annual Maydays Improv Intensive 22nd March - 26th March 2017

“It was truly amazing to be in this beautiful place, learning and laughing with so many lovely people. I really feel that the intensive focus from the Maydays teachers has transformed my improv game.”  Spring 2014 Improv Intensive participant.

How would you like to spend four days in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside this spring, intensively studying improv with some of the best teachers in the UK and some of the loveliest fellow students you could ever hope to meet?

If this sounds good to you, then we invite you to be part of the Maydays Improv Intensive from 22nd-26th March 2017.

About you:
You’ve studied some improv – you have a good grasp of the basics but now you’re looking for a way to take your game to the next level. You want to push the limits, dig deeper, sharpen your instincts and really connect with your inner improv genius.

About the course:
The Maydays Improv Intensive was designed specifically to help you grow towards that goal. Over the course of the four days in Dorset, Maydays teachers will lead you along a creative path that will enable you to hone your existing skills while unlocking new ones you didn’t even know you had.

Along the way you’ll be able to hand-pick classes that suit your personal needs, as well as working with a small group of fellow students – your ‘class’ – as you follow a carefully crafted curriculum, designed by master improvisers to make you one of them!

  • You’ll study musical improv and long form structures. You’ll delve into scene work and onstage authenticity. You’ll set aside your familiar improv toolkit and spend some time getting cosy with the scary and unfamiliar.
  • You’ll benefit from small classes and tons of individual attention as your teachers help you fine-tune your improv skills.
  • You’ll get a chance to perform in a showcase at the end of the week, putting all those new muscles to work.
  • You’ll meet amazing new people – people who are just as creative and curious as you are.
  • You’ll laugh a lot (the Maydays firmly believe that if you’re laughing, you’re learning).
  • You’ll surprise yourself with your own genius. And how often does that happen?

The Improv Intensive offers you the chance to play, grow and take risks, all in a summer-camp atmosphere of support and camaraderie. And everything’s included – classes, accommodation and some of the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted.

So come away with us this spring. It’s sure to be an unforgettable – maybe even life-changing – experience.

‘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: 22nd March – 26th March 2017

Prices: £555 – or book before the 22nd February for a £50 Early Bird Discount

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10th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat 20th - 24th September 2017

“This place is amazing – it’s like Hogwarts for improvisers.”

This September, join the award-winning Maydays improv troupe – and 60 other talented, creative people just like you – for five days of laughter and learning in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside.

Each day you’ll pick from a taster’s choice of amazing classes, building your own curriculum based on the areas you want to work on. From short-form to Harolds, from Shakespeare to Sondheim, from cerebral game-y stuff to unhinged primal craziness, you get to choose your own adventure. In addition to all this amazing improv, accommodation and delicious food are all included, so it’s great value for money.

Whether you’re new to improv, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between, you’ll come away from this residential week refreshed, energised and inspired.

Come away with us. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Full retreat info HERE

Where: Osho Leela, Dorset

When: 20th – 24th September 2017

Price: £555 – or book and pay in full before 20th August for a £50 Early Bird Discount

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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 —
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