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.

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.

Performance Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course
Showing
13th January 2020
Brighton, UK
Level 2 of The Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses with Mayday, Liz Peters. 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...
Wednesday Improv Comedy Drop-In London
Expired
15th January 2020
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.
Beginners Improv Comedy Course
Showing
15th January 2020
Brighton, UK
Level 1 of The Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses – CPD Accredited 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...
Thursday Improv Comedy Drop-In Brighton
Showing
23rd January 2020
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 London
Upcoming
25th January 2020
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 London
Upcoming
29th January 2020
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.
Musical Improv Comedy Drop-In Brighton
Upcoming
2nd February 2020
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!...
Power Improv Toolkit
Upcoming
8th February 2020
Brighton, UK
Power Improv Toolkit with Guest Master Improv Teacher Joe Bill from IO Chicago The focus of this workshop will be bringing the power of emotional depth and point of view to your improvised Characters and Scenes. We’ll work with understanding the vital differences in Playing for Truth and Playing for Funny & Short Form/Games vs....
The First 30 Seconds
Upcoming
8th February 2020
Brighton, UK
The First 30 Seconds with Guest Master Improv Teacher Joe Bill from IO Chicago The First 30 Seconds focuses on the verbal, emotional, physical, and psychological content of the first 30 seconds of scenes to help you get optimally grounded and connected to what’s happening in any style or format you bring to the stage....
Improv for Business: Leadership
Upcoming
18th March 2020
London, UK
The Maydays business improv course in London is an open group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company. You will be able to explore your own skills, comfort zone and patterns of behaviour in a supportive, collaborative environment but without the judgement...
The Maydays 6th Annual Improv Intensive for Experienced Improvisers
Upcoming
25th March 2020
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...
Beginners Improv Comedy Course
Upcoming
8th April 2020
Brighton, UK
Level 1 of The Maydays shortform improvised comedy courses – CPD Accredited 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...
Improv for Business: Mindfulness
Upcoming
20th May 2020
London, UK
The Maydays business improv course in London is an open group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company. Experiential training does not come in a purer form than Improvisation.  Escape the stresses of work for an afternoon and discover the benefits of...
Improv for Business: Group Dynamics
Upcoming
15th July 2020
London, UK
The Maydays business improv course in London is an open group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company. Whilst there are lots of benefits from our custom improv for business programmes, sometimes, you might just want to stretch your improv muscles amongst...
Improv for Business: Confidence & Communication
Upcoming
16th September 2020
London, UK
The Maydays business improv course in London is an open group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company. We love to organise custom workshops for businesses but sometimes it is useful to meet new people, play with different personalities and train up...
13th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat
Upcoming
22nd October 2020
Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK
This place is amazing – it’s like Hogwarts for improvisers. How would you like to spend four days staying in a grand house with en-suite bedrooms in the Oxfordshire countryside (Yes, we have a smashing NEW Retreat venue for your pleasure!), taking your choice of improv classes in the company of some of the most...
Improv for Business: Creativity and Innovation
Upcoming
18th November 2020
London, UK
The Maydays business improv course in London is an open group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company. Improv training is a great chance to shake yourself free of your patterns and hierarchies in the workplace.  We love to organise bespoke workshops...
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