Courses

We run improvisation classes for all levels, from total beginners to advanced. Interested? You’ve come to the right place! Find out everything you need to know below.

Improv is a form of comedy theatre where everything is made up in the moment. Unplanned and unscripted, everything is invented on the fly, from the dialogue, action and story to the characters. In workshops and shows, suggestions are often taken from the audience to get the improvisers started. It’s fun, silly collaborative and hugely satisfying!

From short form to long form, to music and performance courses, The Maydays have something for everyone. And if you’re more advanced, we’ve got that covered too. We loosely grade our courses Levels 1-5 (one being the easiest), but this is more of a helpful guide than a requirement.

Have a look below to find out what we’ve got coming up that might suit you. And if you’re still not sure, feel free to drop us a line any time.

Short Form is a style of improv that’s all about playing improvised ‘games’ on stage. Very much like Who’s Line is it Anyway, Short Form games are short, silly and typically unrelated. Unlike stand-up it’s not about cracking jokes. It’s about working together like a bunch of ninjas, to surprise and delight yourselves!

Long Form is about creating longer, more subtle and detailed scenes that often connect, creating a full-length piece of improvised comedy theatre. Just like the Maydays perform themselves. Whole shows are made in the moment, from audience suggestions.

Musical Improv is all about making up melodies and lyrics in the moment. Just like Short Form or Long Form it can be more game-focused or be woven into a full-length show to create an entire musical, depending on the course you take.

Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop-In London
Showing
26th June 2019
London, UK
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.
Thursday Improv Comedy Drop-In Brighton
Upcoming
27th June 2019
Brighton, UK
The Brighton weekly improv comedy drop in is ideal for people trying improv for the first time, or more experienced players who want to work on core skills.
Saturday Improv Comedy Drop-In London
Upcoming
29th June 2019
London, UK
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.
Intro to Longform Music
Upcoming
2nd July 2019
Brighton, UK
Intro to Longform Music – 4-week course In this short musical longform intro course you’ll have 4 weeks to dip your toes in the water of improvising musicals with the Maydays. Building on the beginner’s musical course you will explore more song structures and ways of using music and singing in your improv scenes.  The...
Musical Improv Comedy Drop-In Brighton
Upcoming
7th July 2019
Brighton, UK
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.   For an audience, it looks like a miracle, for the performer it feels like flying. Starting from a single word, you will be creating scenes that magically lead into complete songs!...
Story Starters – Writing from Improv Workshop
Upcoming
28th July 2019
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Story Starters – Writing from Improv Workshop The aim of this Maydays workshop is to break creative writing blocks and produce ideas for stories that you can work on in your own time. We’ll spend 3.5-hours alternatively improvising, writing, improvising and writing… inspired by original material that really interests us. Collaboration is positively...
Total Beginners to Improv Free Taster Session
Upcoming
4th September 2019
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Taster Session for Total Beginners to Improvised Comedy A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? Fun group warm-up games A gentle introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying ‘yes and’) Practice of exercises...
12th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat
Upcoming
18th September 2019
Dorset, UK
“This place is amazing – it’s like Hogwarts for improvisers.” How would you like to spend five days staying in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside, taking your choice of improv classes in the company of some of the most lovely and talented people you’ll ever meet? If this sounds good to you,...
Total Beginners to Improv Free Taster Session
Upcoming
25th September 2019
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Taster Session for Total Beginners to Improvised Comedy A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? Fun group warm-up games A gentle introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying ‘yes and’) Practice of exercises...
Performance Shortform Improv Comedy Course
Upcoming
30th September 2019
Brighton, UK
Level 2 of The Maydays Shortform Improvised Comedy Courses This 8 week, level 2 course will go more deeply into the techniques that make improvisation games fly! Character, object work, wordplay, physical comedy. Learn more about the kind of games you like and your own improv superpowers. And do a show at the end for...
Advanced Performance Narrative Improv Comedy Course
Upcoming
30th September 2019
Brighton, UK
In this level 3 of the Maydays courses, you’ll have 8-weeks to explore and develop your Narrative Improv Skills. Creating fun, satisfying stories from nothing more than a word from the audience – but without getting caught up by the ‘plot monster’. Building on the level 2 longform courses you will use improv scenes to...
Longform Music Improv Comedy Course
Upcoming
1st October 2019
Brighton, UK
Level 3 of The Maydays Longform Music Improvisation Courses   In this level 3 of the Maydays longform musical improvisation courses, you’ll have 8-weeks to stretch your longform musical improv wings.  Creating a musical from nowhere. It looks like a miracle feels like flying and is much easier to do than you expect. Building on...
Beginners Improvised Comedy Course
Upcoming
2nd October 2019
Brighton, UK
Level 1 of The Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses – CPD Accredited Unleash your creative potential and increase your confidence with improvised comedy! Great for all levels and abilities, 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...
The Maydays 6th Annual Intensive for Experienced Improvisers
Upcoming
25th March 2020
Dorset, UK
“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.” How would you like to spend four days in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside this spring, intensively studying...
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