Improvisation courses from beginners to advanced

We run improvisation classes for all levels, from total beginners to advanced. Interested? You’ve come to the right place!

In Real Life courses are BACK as of September 2021, with weekly improv drop-ins and monthly musical drop-ins in Brighton.

We still have weekly online musical improv drop-ins for those of you, not in Brighton and are still collaborating with our friends at The Nursery for online courses. Check out what we’ve got coming up below!

You can read our Covid-19 update here. Stay safe and well you creative cats.

You’re in safe hands, as most of our Maydays improv facilitators are enhanced DBS checked and hold up to date QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) as well as Mental Health First Aid Qualifications. If these are requirements you’d like in your improv facilitator, please pop us an email and we’ll let you know which courses are suitable.

We are working hard to try to provide the best quality online courses possible.  If you feel you would like to donate to us to help us keep going in these times, please consider using the button below.  Thank you.

Improv is a form of comedy theatre where everything is made up in the moment. Unplanned and unscripted, everything is invented on the fly, from the dialogue, action and story to the characters. In workshops and shows, suggestions are often taken from the audience to get the improvisers started. It’s fun, silly collaborative and hugely satisfying!

From short form to long form, to music and performance courses, The Maydays have something for everyone. And if you’re more advanced, we’ve got that covered too. We loosely grade our courses Levels 1-5 (one being the easiest), but this is more of a helpful guide than a requirement.

Have a look below to find out what we’ve got coming up that might suit you. And if you’re still not sure, feel free to drop us a line any time.

Short Form is a style of improv that’s all about playing improvised ‘games’ on stage. Very much like Who’s Line is it Anyway, Short Form games are short, silly and typically unrelated. Unlike stand-up it’s not about cracking jokes. It’s about working together like a bunch of ninjas, to surprise and delight yourselves!

Long Form is about creating longer, more subtle and detailed scenes that often connect, creating a full-length piece of improvised comedy theatre. Just like the Maydays perform themselves. Whole shows are made in the moment, from audience suggestions.

Musical Improv is all about making up melodies and lyrics in the moment. Just like Short Form or Long Form it can be more game-focused or be woven into a full-length show to create an entire musical, depending on the course you take.

The Maydays Student Handbook

**First of all, a warm welcome** to the student and performer community of The Maydays. 

During your time studying or performing with us, there are lots of ways to get involved and meet people outside of your class, course or team, and we want everyone to be welcome to the party, from total beginners to seasoned professionals. 

**This handbook will tell you all you need to know about our in-real-life classes and events.** 

It has lots of practical information about the classes and some important information about our code of conduct and communications procedure. 

We hope that by giving you all of this you’ll feel confident to go off and have the maximum fun improvising with us. 

Read The Maydays Student Handbook HERE

The Maydays Improv Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • All improv bookings are non-refundable
  • We reserve the right to change the instructor of any of our improv events
  • If you are unable to make your class due to illness, we will offer to transfer your credit to another session/course. This credit is valid for a period of 6 months for Maydays improv events.
  • If we have to cancel a scheduled improv event for any reason, we will offer you a choice of either a replacement online event of the same value or a full refund.
  • If due to covid we can’t run these classes in person, before or during the course, then we will move them online in our improv zoom rooms, with no refunds or credits in this instance.
  • Bookings may be transferred from one student to another before the commencement of training, after first notifying us at least 48 hours before training begins. The new student must have the necessary prerequisites for the training.
  • To transfer your credit to another class, please send an email notifying us at least 48 hours before training begins to [email protected] with the subject line ‘TRANSFER’ and add the following details:
  • Your Full Name:
  • Your Booking Email ID:
  • Name of Class/Course Originally Booked:
  • Name of Class/Course to be Transferred To:
  • Any Other Details:
  • To transfer your spot to someone else, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line ‘TRANSFER’ and add the following details:
  • Your Full Name:
  • Your Booking Email ID:
  • Name of Class/Course Booked:
  • Full Name Of Your Replacement:
  • Email ID of your Replacement:
  • Any Other Details: 

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