The Maydays team formed back in 2004, though the individual members of the troupe have been improvising for much longer than that. They spend their time equally between performing improvised comedy and improvised musicals and delivering improvisation-based training and development for organisations and individuals.
The Maydays have delivered training to some of the world’s top organisations and Fortune 500 companies and frequently travel around the world to do so. If not, you can often find them individually or collectively guest starring in improv festivals, most recently in India, Finland, Spain, America, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, German, Iceland and Italy, to name but twelve.
Here they all are…
John is an award winning professional speaker, trainer and workshop leader. He helps organisations become more effective using improvisation skills and an uncannily accurate method of reading people. When John is off stage he is usually fly fishing
Heather has worked as a corporate facilitator and roleplay actor with the Garnett Foundation and Capstone international. She has worked with 360 Degree Vision on corporates including verbatim theatre technique and with Tao Leadership on bespoke programs. As an improvisation corporate facilitator, she has designed and delivered a variety of programs from sectors ranging from refugees to footballers to bankers. She has additionally completed training in professional coaching with Cherry Growing, brain-friendly learning with Twenty One leadership, Neurodiversity with exceptional individuals all of which she incorporates into her improv training portfolio. She is also a qualified mental health first aider and holds an up to date DBS check.
Edmund Fargher trained in improv and sketch writing at Hoopla Impro, The Second City, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the iO Theater, Chicago. He has taught as part of the Maydays around the UK and has performed improv across Europe and the United States. He has a background in filmmaking and broadcasting. His work on film sets and production offices included management of projects and personnel in high pressure environments.
Chris divides his time between teaching & performing improv and delivering creative and marketing content for the international development sector. He has over a decade of experience as a creative facilitator, workshop leader and conference co-ordinator. He specialised particularly in idea generation, teamwork and presentation skills.
Katy has worked with applied improvisation since 2004. She has been a facilitator with critically acclaimed and award-winning improvisational comedy companies such as Second City’s Biz Co, Spark Creative, The Maydays, Hoopla and The Improv Place. She is a Fasillytator at Power of Uke. Her clients include The Welcome Trust, Facebook, Google, YouTube and IBM. She delivers training and performances for the corporate and public sector. Katy is a Funny Women Finalist and has delivered presentation training for corporate clients, stand-up comedians and TED speakers.
Jules worked in cultural awareness and language training for many years before he even discovered improvisation. His list of clients is spread across sectors from Google to Unilever, Rosneft to E&Y, running sessions varying from several thousand participants down to just one. He is currently working on a book on the creative process.
As a founding company member, Rebecca has been using improv to help businesses for over 15 years. Prior to and alongside her work with the Maydays she has held multiple management roles in large organisations such as The Co-operative Group, and also in small to medium-sized businesses. Consequently, she has an insider’s perspective on issues faced by businesses and organisations as well as their training needs. In a position she held at a large charity she was responsible for capacity building dozens of volunteer groups across the SE and London, honing her understanding of training styles, and making training efficient and effective.
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Jennifer trained at Bretton Hall and has worked in corporate role-play, corporate facilitation professional performance training and youth facilitation for over ten years, as well as performing. Her improv training includes Vancouver Theatre Sports, Instant Theatre, iO Chicago, Free Association & The Showstoppers. She has performed internationally on tours and at festivals and teaches regularly both in London and online, as well as running The Nursery’s Youth Programme. Jennifer also holds Level 3 BSL and works in the D/deaf community as a Personal Assistant.
Richard is a non-magical Mayday who was not born with fully-fledged improvisational powers. His background is in education and organisational development. As our head of facilitation, Richard translates organisational needs into exciting business improv programmes, and supports the logistics in the run-up to your event, on the day and in post-delivery audits. In his spare time, he tinkles on a ukulele whether people like it or not.