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.

Beginners Musical Improv Comedy Course
Showing
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...
Presence for Improvisers
Showing
3rd October 2018
Brighton, UK
Presence for Improvisers: An 8-week Advanced Level 4 Maydays course Whether you’re hosting a show, playing a jolly octopus or a tense kitchen sink drama, captivating performances have one thing in common: the presence of those on stage. Improve your acting skills and relax into your authenticity on this course for experienced improvisers. What can...
Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop-In London
Upcoming
21st November 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 Brighton
Upcoming
22nd November 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.
Saturday Improv Comedy Drop-In Brighton
Upcoming
24th November 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 Brighton
Upcoming
2nd December 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!...
Free Long Form Improvisation Taster Session
Upcoming
19th December 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Long Form Improvisation Taster Session A 90-minute introduction to long form improv with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? Group warm-up games An introduction to the principles of long form Creation of scenes and characters in the moment Ensemble pieces of...
Free Long Form Improvisation Taster Session
Upcoming
9th January 2019
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Free Long Form Improvisation Taster Session A 90-minute introduction to long form improv with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds. What can I expect? Group warm-up games An introduction to the principles of long form Creation of scenes and characters in the moment Ensemble pieces of...
Performance Short Form Improvisation Comedy Course
Upcoming
14th January 2019
Brighton, UK
Level 2 of the Maydays short form improvised comedy courses. This 8 week, level 2 course will go more deeply into the techniques that make improvisation games fly! Character, object work, wordplay, physical comedy. Learn more about the kind of games you like and your own improv superpowers. And do a show at the end...
Performance ‘Stealing from Theatre’ Improvisation Course
Upcoming
14th January 2019
Brighton, UK
In Level 3 of The Maydays advanced improvisation courses, you’ll have 8 weeks to explore what it means to improvise a play. We’ll consider the differences between a ‘theatre’ show and an improv show, how to get from the start to the finish, and we’ll look at the improv ‘rule’ book with a critical eye....
Performance Musical Improvisation Comedy Course
Upcoming
15th January 2019
Brighton, UK
Level 2 of The Maydays musical improvised comedy courses. In this level 2 of The Maydays musical improvisation courses, you’ll have 8-weeks to stretch your musical improv wings.  Building on the beginners’ course you will explore more song structures and ways of using music and singing in your improv scenes.  The emphasis is slightly more...
Beginners Long Form Improvisation Course
Upcoming
16th January 2019
Brighton, UK
Level 1 of The Maydays Long Form Improvisation Comedy Course An 8-week introduction into longform improvisation. The Maydays teach you techniques to create whole improvised from a simple one-word suggestion, a monologue, or a newspaper article. What can I expect? Group warm-up activities and ensemble building exercises An introduction to the principles of longform improv...
The Maydays 5th Annual Intensive for Experienced Improvisers
Upcoming
20th March 2019
Dorset, UK
“It was truly amazing to be in this beautiful place, learning and laughing with so many lovely people. I really feel that the intensive focus from the Maydays teachers has transformed my improv game.” How would you like to spend four days in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside this spring, intensively studying...
12th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat
Upcoming
18th September 2019
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,...
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