14th Annual Improv Retreat: Meet Your Teachers

An image on the left is of a man (the Maydays Ed Fargher) standing in front of an banner with sponsorship logos on, wearing all black holding an award for the Best Pilot Show for sitcom rom-com series Sideliners. Text to the right of the image reads: The Maydays 14th Annual improv retreat MEET Your Teachers - Ed Fargher. themaydays.co.uk. @maydaysimprov

With our 14th Annual Improv Retreat fast approaching we checked in with our Maydays coming to play this year. First up, our award-winning* Ed Fargher


What are you most looking forward to at MIR22?

I’m looking forward to the people. Seeing so many people create and collaborate and bond is really exciting to see and it’s hard not to feel all loved up by the end of the experience.


What advice would you give to complete newbies to our retreats?

Dive in with as much courage as you can muster. The Maydays make the retreat as welcoming as possible, but it is the participants that make it so joyful. They’re here to do the same things you are, so they just need your name and your off on the adventure together. So dive in. Introduce yourself. Take part. And know that The Maydays have your back.


Which Mayday is the messiest to room with?

Probably me. I have only ever roomed with Joe Samuel, and he’s a very tidy fella, so it can’t be him.


Which Mayday is tidiest to room with?

Probably Joe Samuel. He’s been my only roommate from The Maydays. I don’t know. To my mind, if you don’t notice that a room is a catastrophic bomb site, that must be a good sign about your roommate’s tidiness, or a terrible sign of how observant you are.


Do you have one stand-out experience from a previous retreat?

The last show the teachers give is often a one-off audience-suggested format. In 2019, that format was an improvised Rock Opera through hell. It was an OUTRAGEOUS amount of fun.

Nine of The Maydays stand on stage in rock inspired costumes, they stand with arms raised singing to the crowd during a Maydays end of Retreat performance, suggestion: Rock Opera


How would you sum up The Maydays retreat experience in 3 words?

Eat. Sleep. Improvise.

A black background with the text in white: Eat - Sleep - Improvise. The Maydays life ring logo separates the words with the words Yes, And in the centre of the logo

You can join Ed and our other Maydays at this year’s 14th Annual Improv Retreat from 20th-23rd October, but you’ll have to grab a place quickly, as we only have a few places available! Info and booking here.


Our Jason Chin diversity Scholarship applications are open until the 1st of October, check details for application here.



*Ed Fargher & Katy Schutte have just won the Apulia Web Fest Award for Best Pilot for their rom-com sitcom show Sideliners