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.

Online Improv Drop-In
Showing
4th May 2020
Online Musical Drop-in
Showing
17th May 2020
LGBTQ+ Improv 6 week Course
Upcoming
22nd July 2020
Summer Intensive: Musical Improv
Upcoming
3rd August 2020
Summer Intensive: Viewpoints
Upcoming
17th August 2020
Summer Intensive: The Deconstruction
Upcoming
17th August 2020
Improv for Business: Confidence & Communication
Upcoming
16th September 2020
London, UK
13th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat
Upcoming
22nd October 2020
Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK
Improv for Business: Creativity and Innovation
Upcoming
18th November 2020
London, UK
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