Courses

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.

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.

Six Forms in Six Weeks
Expired
11th June 2018
Brighton, UK
A level-3 Maydays Longform Improvised Comedy Course A 6-week course exploring six longform formats, developing our own variations, and culminating in a showcase in Week 7. *Entrance to this course is by application only* – Please apply with details of your improv experience, including any forms you have performed or studied. Apply via email to...
Saturday Improv Comedy Drop-In
Upcoming
21st July 2018
London, UK
Three hours of improvisation fun! Working on the skills at the heart of improvisation, such as listening, making offers and committing to your choices, each week you will go a little further into improvisation. Led by a super-experienced teacher, the Maydays drop in is a safe, supportive environment in which to push yourself into things you never thought you could accomplish.
Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop-In
Upcoming
25th July 2018
London, UK
Three hours of improvisation fun! Working on the skills at the heart of improvisation, such as listening, making offers and committing to your choices, each week you will go a little further into improvisation.
Thursday Improv Comedy Drop-In
Upcoming
26th July 2018
Brighton, UK
The Brighton weekly improv comedy drop in is ideal for people trying improv for the first time, or more experienced players who want to work on core skills.
Musical Improv Comedy Drop-In
Upcoming
5th August 2018
Brighton, UK
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.   For an audience, it looks like a miracle, for the performer it feels like flying. Starting from a single word, you will be creating scenes that magically lead into complete songs!...
Mayday A Day Summer Intensive
Upcoming
20th August 2018
Brighton, UK
A 5-day improv intensive in The Maydays unique style A five-day course in the art of The Maydays improv – each day you’ll be taught by a different company member, where they’ll be revealing their personal improv secrets. What can I expect? A variety of different techniques and exercises A deeper understanding of longform improvisation...
Free Improv Comedy Taster Session
Upcoming
27th August 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Improvised Comedy Taster Session A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? Fun group warm up games A gentle introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying’yes) Practice of exercises in pairs An opportunity to...
Musical Improv Comedy Drop-In
Upcoming
2nd September 2018
Brighton, UK
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.   For an audience, it looks like a miracle, for the performer it feels like flying. Starting from a single word, you will be creating scenes that magically lead into complete songs!...
11th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat
Upcoming
19th September 2018
Dorset, UK
“This place is amazing – it’s like Hogwarts for improvisers.” How would you like to spend five days staying in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside, taking your choice of improv classes in the company of some of the most lovely and talented people you’ll ever meet? If this sounds good to you,...
Free Improv Comedy Taster Session
Upcoming
24th September 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Improvised Comedy Taster Session A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? Fun group warm up games A gentle introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying’yes) Practice of exercises in pairs An opportunity to...
Free Musical Improv Taster Session
Upcoming
25th September 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Musical Improv Taster Session A 90-minute introduction to Musical Improv with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? One Maydays facilitator and one musician leading the session Group singing warm-ups Learning the basics of how to improvise a song Singing games like the...
Beginners Improvised Comedy Course
Upcoming
1st October 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Beginners Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course Level 1 of The Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses Unleash your creative potential and increase your confidence with improvised comedy! Great for all levels and abilities, improv uses no scripts or prepared material. Comedy is created in the moment: a playful and liberating experience, which is both very...
Beginners Musical Improv Comedy Course
Upcoming
2nd October 2018
Brighton, UK
An 8-week crash course in musical improv covering a vast range of singing styles, song structures, exercises and games.  Really useful for those who want to give it a go but need a safe environment to let their musical hair down. What can I expect? Musical games and exercises Building singing confidence Singing styles Singing...
Create, Challenge & Explore at Improfest, Gothenburg
Upcoming
8th November 2018
Sweden
Create, Challenge & Explore A four-day intensive, for intermediate to advanced improvisers, working with the same group and building to a performance. We’ll be looking at what really makes your improv scenes tick and adding a touch of finesse to your performance toolkit. Subtlety, Space and Specifics The secret of a great show is variety;...
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