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Impro Fest Online: Spotlight on Online Improv   Before the current crisis, we had just started our ‘Spotlight on Brighton Improv’ series. We’ll still be running that, but in light of recent events we’ll also be doing a ‘Spotlight on Online Improv’ series. We want to give a shout out to friends around the globe...
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Online improv tips to help onstage improv   These last few weeks have been tough for many of us and we all have different ways of coping. Mine has been to try and carry on in as normal a way as possible by trying to do the things I normally do. For me, that’s the...
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I have been doing improv for over 20 years and somewhat jadedly, I thought I’d seen it all. It turns out I was wrong, which I am delighted about, as these weeks of doing online improv classes have thrown up some of the most weird and wonderful things NONE of which I’ve seen before. Here...
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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ? Charles Darwin. Here at The Maydays our business is connection. It’s about getting people playing together, communicating and laughing. Improvisation is one of the most group orientated...
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The Maydays and Nursery present online improv drop in classes In these strange times, and with the current government advice against unnecessary social contact, the Nursery and the Maydays will be working together to experiment with online improv classes. We recognise that the global situation is grave and unprecedented and we believe the community and...
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Dear friends of The Maydays, This is very hard to write as under the current circumstances our company is facing a time of huge uncertainty for the future, however, we hope to address all questions here. The headline is that all our operations are ceasing until further notice due to coronavirus. Our spring courses are...
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  Spotlight on Brighton Improv The Maydays began in Brighton; it’s where we have our monthly improv residency at the Komedia and The Maydays Studio where we run our Brighton improv school. When we started we were one of a couple of improv troupes but 15 years later Brighton has a very healthy scene. In...
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It’s around two months before Brighton Fringe 2020 kicks-off, and, oh, how things have changed for improv over the past 15 years! When The Maydays took part in their first improv show at the Marlborough Pub theatre, we were one of a tiny handful of improvisation companies in the area, which included Off the Cuff,...
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by Lambros   How can you describe something that is a feeling, that you cannot put into words, that is so unique that even the words you use to describe it are so paltry and trivial. Many people wrote about the day-to-day during the Mayday’s retreat (here, here and here) so I will try to...
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Photo: Heather’s Broken Foot! by Heather Urquhart. About 3 years ago, I broke my foot in two places during a show in Austin,Texas. It was the beginning of a one hour performance with just myself and one other person on stage – I finished the show not realising I had actually broken my foot –...
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From next week, we’ll be performing our Show Happily Never after at the Edinburgh Fringe. We did some cast interviews ahead of the festival to find out about our darksides… What’s your favourite dark tale? (Burton/Snickett/Grimm or beyond?) Heather – As a child I was obsessed with the story of the Tinderbox and still remember...
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by Harry Puckering As well as attending, and sometimes running, Maydays Improv drop-in classes in Brighton, for the past year I’ve been working as a cycling instructor for West Sussex County Council, going into various primary schools for about a week each month to train 10 and 11-year-olds to cycle safely on quiet roads. I’ve...
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by Heather Urquhart. Between 2017 and 2019 I was lucky enough to represent the UK in the EU funded ‘Our Lives’ project. An international theatre project featuring 28 improvisational artists from the countries of the EU tackling the subject of our lives and living in Europe. I wanted to write a little about it because...
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Improv workshops come in many different flavours and should be accessible to everyone regardless of skill level.  Our very own Heather Urquhart, Improv drop-in expert takes us through some of the reasons you should come along… Did you know The Maydays run 3 drop in classes a week, 2 in London and one in Brighton....
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  The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat (22nd-25th October 2020) 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...
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We are all grown up people… We all have important duties in our lives, we are responsible for others. We have jobs, families, we have our daily struggles. All the things that contribute to “adult life”. But yet, somehow we manage to find in our lives this magical spark that makes us children again. Makes...
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Okay so I have to be honest, I first came up with this idea as a bit of a joke.  I mean, Brexit, with all its ramifications, businesses with huge European and Global reach, and me banging on about improv.  So I did some research to find out what it really is that businesses are...
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Improv for Team Building In the second part of Improv for Team Building Skills, we examine the close relationships that are required for an effective team, and how Improv Training can create unique interactions and form lasting relationships. Find out more about the benefits of Business Improv with The Maydays here. Interpersonal Relationships Interpersonal relationships...
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How Improv Classes create Relationships We at The Maydays were delighted when our first ‘Improv Couple’ got together.  They met at one of our improv classes, improvised together for 8 weeks and – BOOM!  Since then we have seen a succession of couples emerge from their time improvising together with us and elsewhere.  In some...
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Improv for Team Building There are many aspects of personal and professional life that can be enhanced using improv training.  There is one area however that seems to be the perfect match, improv for team building skills.  The skills that are required to make a believable, coherent and often funny improvised scene in the moment,...
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