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.

Shortform Performance Improvisation Comedy Course
Showing
9th April 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Shortform Performance 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 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...
Twoprov Improvisation Comedy Course
Showing
10th April 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Twoprov Improvisation Comedy Course A level 3 Maydays improvised comedy course An eight-week course in the art of duo improv – from a 2 person scene through to creating an entire show with just 2 improvisers. What can I expect? Exercises which drill into techniques to build strong 2 person scenes Editing and...
Longform Performance Improvisation Comedy Course
Showing
11th April 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Longform Performance Improvisation Comedy Course Level 2 of the Maydays longform improvised comedy courses 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...
Beginners Shortform Improvised Comedy Course
Showing
11th April 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Beginners Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course 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...
Beginners Longform Improvised Comedy Course
Showing
15th April 2018
Worthing, UK
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 work, edits,...
Saturday Improv Comedy Drop-In
Upcoming
28th April 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
2nd May 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
3rd May 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
6th May 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 Improv Comedy Taster Session
Upcoming
3rd June 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...
Musical Improv Weekend
Upcoming
9th June 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays Musical Improv Weekend Two full days exploring the basics of musical improv with Heather and Joe from The Maydays. What can I expect? Musical warm-up games Group singing Gentle progression towards fully improvised songs. A whole weekend of improvising, singing and laughing with Heather and Joe from The Maydays. If you are scared...
Six Forms in Six Weeks
Upcoming
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...
Beginners Shortform Improvised Comedy Course
Upcoming
12th June 2018
Brighton, UK
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 funny and helpful for overcoming creative blocks....
Advanced Musical Improv: Connect and Commit
Upcoming
12th June 2018
Brighton, UK
The Maydays 6-week Level 3 Musical Improv Comedy Course: Connect and Commit Raise your game on this advanced musical improv course to push you out of your rhythmic and melodic ruts. We’ll be looking at finding truth in song, the intensity of relationships that drives compelling music, and how to really use the stage with...
Beginners Longform Improvised Comedy Course
Upcoming
13th June 2018
Brighton, UK
Level 1 of The Maydays longform improvised comedy courses A 6-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...
One Day Introduction to Shortform Improvised Comedy
Upcoming
16th June 2018
Worthing, UK
One Day Introduction to Improvised Comedy with The Maydays This day-long course is great for all levels and abilities, a fun and gentle introduction to this life-changing art form. Unleash your creative potential and increase your confidence with improvised comedy! What can I expect? Fun group warm-up games An introduction to the principles of improv...
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,...
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