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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 (18th-22nd September) 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...
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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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IMPROV and YOGA The Moment Is The Only Place Where Anything Ever Happens This was spoken last week by a teacher of mine – a teacher neither of yoga nor of improv, but of Meisner, another acting technique.  I love how all the paths that I love are about the same thing – because it is...
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The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the 5th Annual Intensive for Experienced Improvisers (20th-24th March) 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...
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We are delighted to announce to announce the winner of the Jason Chin Scholarship for the Maydays Retreat September 2018 is…drumroll…Neville Bharucha, 29 years old from Mumbai, India. On his improvisation experience Neville says ‘When I did it for the first time in 2013, I realised how much of an impact it has in the...
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The Maydays Improv Retreat is almost upon us and that means it’s almost the closing date to apply for the Jason Chin Scholarship. We started the Scholarship in 2015 so we thought it was about time we caught up with our previous scholars to see what they’ve been doing since. Jen M Thomas – Retreat...
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Our most recent scholarship winner, Rosanna Stevens, gives us a frank and first hand glimpse into the emotional, physical and psychological journey that an Improv Festival can take you on.  In the second part of a two part series, Rosanna talks about how her outlook began to change and what she took away from the...
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Our most recent scholarship winner, Rosanna Stevens, gives us a frank and first hand glimpse into the emotional, physical and psychological journey that an Improv Festival can take you on.  In the first part or a two part series, Rosanna talks about her first impressions and how she overcame her anxieties… Maydays Spring Intensive Improv...
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The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat  (19th-23rd September) 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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Improv for Presentation Skills Presentation skills lie at the heart of business.  Whether one on one, or to a room full of delegates, it can be the difference between success and failure.  In our experience in improvisation training, pitching and presenting are primarily about two things: confidence, and telling a compelling story. Find out more...
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The Maydays has been around for a while. Not always with the same personel, but the company is coming up to its fourteenth year. In that time we’ve gone from a bunch of improv enthusiasts doing reps above a pub, to a company with significant turnover, gigging pretty much every week, running classes across Europe...
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