Improv training

The Maydays are awarding a diversity scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat (Ashorne Hill, 20th-23rd October 2022) 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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Learner’s Journey   Four years ago, I started learning British Sign Language. I don’t really know why beyond the fact that a few friends had told me in recent years that they were learning and I became insanely jealous. Eventually, after several friends and several bouts of hot green eyes, I got the message and...
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Reconnecting    After an unprecedented couple of years of getting square-eyed and talking through screens, the UK government has removed restrictions and given the green light to go hugging, hanging and working together In Real Life again. Whatever your opinion about that decision, it is clear that we are now entering an unusual transitionary period....
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Hello you lovely lot. Just a quick hi to let you know the latest news and what’s in store for spring over at Maydays HQ. Yes, it’s spring. Even though we’re still in our thermals, the crocuses are up, and we’re keeping a beady eye out for more sunshiny days. First up, you may be...
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Intro As someone who has always been fascinated with language (easily getting lost in poetry, etymology, linguistics, and learning other languages) I was excited to see that the UN officially recognises an International Mother Language Day every year. Driven by this knowledge I began to ponder the inherent differences of improvising in various languages. I’ve...
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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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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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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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