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Hi Improvisers!  It’s rapidly approaching May and the questions on everyone’s lips:  How can we see all our favourite improvised comedy?  How do we discover new and wonderful groups?  How do we navigate fringey shows that are publicised in more than one place?   But never fear! Luckily for you, Jen (The Maydays/ AndAlso/ Impromptu...
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From The Maydays Jenny Haufek The first time I went to a Mayday’s residential was back in 2012. I remember I was taking the Mayday’s Longform course in Brighton, but I wanted MORE! It was a huge leap to decide whether or not to spend several days and nights learning and performing improv with strangers....
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Last few places remaining! The Maydays Improv Retreat We have been running The Maydays Improv Retreat for well over a decade.  In fact, nobody can say for sure which iteration of The Retreat this year’s will be but it is at least the 15th.  Some say we have been calling it the 15th for around...
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Our October Improv Retreat is going to be here before you know it and with the retreat almost Sold Out, we’d like to introduce you to your improv teachers who you’ll be playing with this year. Next up, our smasher, Jon Nguyen!   Hey Jon, what’s the feeling like in the Maydays camp the night...
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Our October Improv Retreat is going to be here before you know it and with the retreat almost Sold Out, we’d like to introduce you to your improv teachers who you’ll be playing with this year. Next up, our smasher, Jules Munns! Hey Jules, is there a particular part of the retreat that you’re most...
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Our October Improv Retreat is going to be here before you know it and with the retreat almost Sold Out, we’d like to introduce you to your improv teachers who you’ll be playing with this year. Next up, our smasher, Jenny Rowe! Hey Jen, what’s the feeling like in the Maydays camp the night before...
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Our October Improv Retreat is going to be here before you know it and with the retreat almost Sold Out, we’d like to introduce you to your improv teachers who you’ll be playing with this year. First up, our Master of Music, Mr Joe Samuel! Hey Joe, what’s the feeling like in the Maydays camp...
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We are very excited to announce our Guest Improv Teacher for this year’s 15th Annual Improv Retreat, please send a warm welcome to the brilliant, FELIPE ORTIZ! Performer, director and teacher, Felipe is interested in exchanging, interacting, playing and sharing experiences with different artists around the world. He’s passionate about the body in movement and...
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After our annouuncment last week, I got quite a few emails. Some were requests, some ideas, some questions. And quite a few were asking me how I approach the slug problem.  Let me explain. On the patio, I have a little germination greenhouse where, too early and too enthusiastically, I planted trays of kale, herbs,...
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The Maydays are awarding a diversity scholarship for the Maydays Improv Retreat (Ashorne Hill, October 2023) 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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This is a statement from the Maydays and AndAlso Improv. We are two companies with a lot of crossover, in our aims and our people. We love improv, as an art form and as a form of self-development. In fact, the founders of And Also met as members of the Maydays. Improv can be a...
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It’s Fringe Time and Look What Improv’s Got For You!! It’s nearly that time again! Rehearsal rooms are buzzing, improv minds are racing, costumes are being ironed and technicians and flyering teams are limbering up! Yes, it’s Brighton Fringe – just a few short days away. Last Thursday, I was hanging out at Brighton Open...
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Self-confessed Harold fanatic Jules Munns is hosting our Intro to Harold 6-weeker, this course will unpack and share the mysteries of the form. Check out Jules’ blog post, ‘Why Every Improviser in the World Should Study the Harold’ here. Intro to Harold with Jules Munns Wednesday nights for 6 weeks, from 19th April to 24th...
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5 Reasons why I love the Harold   The Harold, for those not familiar, is a structure used in longform improvisational theatre. It is performed by improv troupes and teams across the world. In the Harold structure, characters and themes are introduced and then recur in a series of connected scenes. It was first performed...
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The Maydays have been training people in all types of businesses, using improv, for the last 18 years. Business Improv training is one of those things that can be hard to sell in times of economic downturn, because superficially it sounds like a fun and frivolous activity, which might come under the category of ‘team...
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