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Present and Different by Katy Schutte (Re-written from my article in Status Magazine, May 2021) Four years ago I started jogging. I found it incredibly difficult getting through the Couch to 5K. A friend had taken up jogging at the same time I had and was quickly racking up the miles, thrilling that it was...
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Rhiannon Vivian   Happy winter solstice! A time where we try to hibernate as much as possible, stay in and do less. But ironically also a time where we don’t get to hibernate at all, go out a lot (‘ARE YOU COMING TO THE CHRISTMAS PARTY?’) and do more. A lot more. Travel, work ‘do’s’,...
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I was made aware that it was International Mountain Day on Saturday. I have done precisely zero research as to the intent or context of International Mountain Day, but funnily enough the very idea of standing at the foot of a mountain is enough to get me thinking a lot about the mountainous tasks that...
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Connecting with Online Musical Improv A blog from The Maydays, Rebecca MacMillan. You know that friend who constantly pesters you to try an experience you haven’t had before, and then you reluctantly try it thinking you will HATE it but however you manage to move on from there with your friendship, at least that will...
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It’s that time of year again. Yesterday we put up our Christmas Tree. I love doing this! I love the shift in gear towards the festive season and how it makes me feel. This is the 41st time I’ve seen a Christmas, and every year a tree is in the house.  A. Tree. In. The....
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Brighton Community Focus On: Scoops! by Jenny Rowe Last month, I met up with Ben Tucker and Simon Goodway – the minds behind Brighton’s own Scoops. But what is Scoops? I hear you cry. Scoops is an improv cabaret night that finishes with a Jam. It’s a lot of fun.  You should go. “You started...
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Jennifer Drew Pictures by Jennifer Jordan   I wanted to write something, but couldn’t get an idea to land. Nothing stuck, nothing stayed, nothing gave me joy. Then I taught a Beginners class on character and played my favourite game of ‘Sassy Carrot’ (You may also know it by another name of ‘Adjective+Noun’). Every time...
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Scholarship Blog: Maydays Improv Retreat 2021 By Hon Chong   After having a bit of time to personally reflect on and digest my experience, I’ve finally managed to write down my highlighted experiences and thoughts from my first Maydays Improv Retreat.   Before the Retreat On 5.10.2021, I received an email from Maydays with the...
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The Difference Between Simple and Easy by Katy Schutte   When most people see (good) improvisation, they don’t believe that it’s made up in the moment. There will always be a cynicism that the performers have somehow scripted a whole play or comedy show then found ways to change it just enough to fit in...
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A Retreating Look Back (at MIR21 Photos)…   Hello there. You may have heard that we had a bit of a fun time at the annual Maydays Improv Retreat this year at Ashorne Hill. Well, not content with word of mouth, I brought my camera with me and took snaps of as many shows, classes...
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Corporate improv and why we shouldn’t call it that.   There is a business park* around the corner from my house and whenever I walk through it I have a good old chuckle to myself about the names of some of the companies:    Quadrant Systems – Are the systems in quadrants or for quadrants?...
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With our 13th Annual Improv Retreat just over a week away, we read a post from Lela Stepgood who has attended a number of improv residentials, including our own. She has written a brilliant blog post giving tips on how to thrive at an improv residential. It is well worth a read, check it out...
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Emotional Connection   When I started improvising I was in love with the more showy elements of the craft. I adored watching people be witty. I laughed in delight at clever plot moves or audacious character choices.   Currently, I’m mostly interested in connection. How do we forge a true and stable connection to our...
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Slow down. The wheels won’t fall off… A slightly longer read. Just the other week on the Maydays podcast we spoke about what we’d all been up to. I mentioned that I am almost finished on a painting that has taken two years to complete. Yes, Covid happened in that time, but it still feels...
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I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the improv community for a while now. I’ve been in a bunch of groups. I still feel very strongly about my first group, like a first love.  Others have come and gone in the meantime, too. And from time to time a newer improviser will ask...
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The Future of The Maydays/Nursery Collaboration When the pandemic struck in 2020, the directors of London-based Nursery Theatre and the Brighton-based Maydays were quick to join forces to become an online improvisation course provider. In part, to help their staff and teachers pay their rent and in part to keep the joy of improv alive...
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We’ve had the best time playing in real life with our Brighton Improv community again. Our weekly improv drop-ins have been a delight with after class actual pints together in an actual pub! Our first monthly Musical improv drop-in was a blast and we’re super stoked to see so many of you back in beautiful...
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The Maydays are awarding a diversity scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat (Ashorne Hill, 21st-24th October 2021) 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...
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CALL FOR APPLICANTS We’re recruiting improvisation teachers! The Maydays are committed to diversity, and we hope to receive applications from candidates with a broad range of backgrounds including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, class and physical ability. The Maydays are one of the UK’s longest-running improvisation companies established in...
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Brighton Improv Courses ‘In Real Life’ Autumn 2021   It’s been a long time coming but finally we are able to schedule some ‘in real life’ Brighton Improv courses. I thought I’d write a little blog about what we have coming up and what you can expect.   When will Brighton Improv Courses start up...
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