Courses

We run classes in improvisation for all levels from total beginners to advanced. This page should tell you everything you need to know about our classes.

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 a helpful guide more 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.

Performance Musical Improv – Tuesday
Showing
Brighton, UK
3rd October 2017
Level 2 of The Maydays musical improvised comedy courses culminating in a performance showcase for family and friends. In this level 2 of the Maydays musical improvisation courses you’ll have 8-weeks to stretch your musical improv wings. You’ll cover a vast range of singing styles, song structures, exercises and games. Good singing voice not required!...
Performance Shortform – Tuesday
Showing
Brighton, UK
4th October 2017
An 8 week course for graduates of Maydays beginners (or equivalent). This level 2 course will go more deeply into the techniques that makes improvisation games fly! Character, object work, wordplay, physical comedy. Learn more about the kind of games you like and your own improv superpowers. We’ll also be looking at some of the...
Beginners Shortform – Wednesday
Showing
Brighton, UK
4th October 2017
Unleash your creative potential and increase your confidence with improvised comedy! ‘Improv’ uses no scripts or prepared material. Comedy is created in the moment: a playful and liberating experience, which is both very funny and helpful for overcoming creative blocks. The weekly course is suitable for both beginners and those with some acting or comedy...
Beginners Shortform – Sunday
Showing
Worthing, UK
7th October 2017
What is it? 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 funny and helpful for overcoming creative blocks. What can I expect? Fun group...
Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
London, UK
22nd November 2017
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 Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
23rd November 2017
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
Upcoming
London, UK
25th November 2017
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
London, UK
29th November 2017
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 Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
30th November 2017
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
Upcoming
London, UK
2nd December 2017
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.
Sunday Musical Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
3rd December 2017
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.
Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
London, UK
6th December 2017
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 Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
7th December 2017
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
Upcoming
London, UK
9th December 2017
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
London, UK
13th December 2017
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 Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
14th December 2017
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
Upcoming
London, UK
16th December 2017
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
London, UK
20th December 2017
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 Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
21st December 2017
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.
Thursday Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
28th December 2017
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.
Free Improv Comedy Taster Session
Upcoming
Worthing, UK
7th January 2018
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...
Free Longform Improv Comedy Taster Session
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
7th January 2018
The Maydays Free Longform Improvised Comedy Taster Session   A 90 minute introduction to longform 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 longform Creation of scenes and characters in the moment Ensemble pieces of...
Sunday Musical Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
7th January 2018
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.
Free Improv Comedy Taster Session
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
7th January 2018
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...
Performance Longform Improvisation Comedy Course
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
22nd January 2018
The Maydays Performance Improvisation Comedy Course In this Level 2 performance longform improvisation course, the emphasis remains away from shortform games and towards a more fluid and versatile kind of improvised comedy and theatre, just like the Maydays perform themselves. We teach you techniques to create whole shows from a simple one-word suggestion, a monologue,...
Advanced Musical Longform Improvisation Comedy Course
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
23rd January 2018
The Maydays Level 5 Advanced Musical Longform Improvisation Comedy Course This course builds on the groundwork covered in the Performance Musical Longform course (level 4).  In this course we will be building to the performance at the end of the course.   What can I expect? Musical games and performance pieces geared towards the dramatic and...
Beginners Improvised Comedy Course  Copy
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
24th January 2018
  Level 1 of The Maydays short form 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 funny and helpful for overcoming...
Beginners Longform Improvised Comedy Course
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
24th January 2018
The Maydays Beginners Longform Improvisation Course An 8 week introduction to 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 (e.g scene...
Beginners Improvised Comedy Course
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
24th January 2018
  Level 1 of The Maydays short form 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 funny and helpful for overcoming...
Performance Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course
Upcoming
Worthing, UK
28th January 2018
The Maydays Performance Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course Level 2 of the Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses This 8 week, level 2 course will go more deeply into the techniques that makes improvisation games fly! Character, object work, wordplay, physical comedy. Learn more about the kind of games you like and your own improv superpowers. And...
Sunday Musical Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
4th February 2018
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.
Sunday Musical Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
4th March 2018
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.
4th Annual Maydays Improv Intensive
Upcoming
Dorset, UK
21st March 2018
“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.”  Spring 2014 Improv Intensive participant. How would you like to spend four days in a grand old house in the Dorset...
Sunday Musical Improv Comedy Drop In
Upcoming
Brighton, UK
8th April 2018
Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene.
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