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! Find out everything you need to know below.
And know that 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). 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.
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.
Want to learn or brush up your improv? Go to their drop-ins, workshops or their improv retreats. It is like learning from your smartest most supportive best friends.
I rarely write reviews or feedback, but feel compelled to this time. I can't speak highly enough of The Maydays. Every one of their shows is a joy to watch and a real masterclass in improv. I've now completed 4 courses and would genuinely say they've been one of the most enriching experiences of my life thus far. The cherry on the cake is the fact that the teachers themselves are also totally lovely humans. I think you can only do yourself a huge favour by getting involved with The Maydays in one form or another....
Going to the Maydays improv courses is my weekly dose of happiness....I'm hooked for life! Would highly recommend anyone to try out their classes and the beautiful art form of improv..
Some of the nicest, warmest, friendliest and most talented bunch of people you're ever likely to meet in any size of room.
So much better than anything than that the real world has to offer
You'll get so much out of it - you'll meet funny people, gain confidence, performance experience, make some friends, overcome inhibitions…
It's definitely boosted my social confidence, made me worry less about 'saying the right thing.' It's also encouraged me to re-open the box marked 'do something fun and creative, just for the sheer hell of it.' It really reconnected me with my fun side. I also really liked the fact that you encouraged people to socialise in the pub afterwards and make little announcements at the end of each session,
A welcome silly break from the trials & tribulations of life
The sense of being in a completely safe space where there was no sense of getting it 'wrong' - just being able to have fun.
I think courses like these are so beneficial to all facets of communication and in building confidence in all areas.
I've learnt a little to let go of wanting to plan everything in advance. Improv has made me realise that sometimes just going with it is not always a bad thing.