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 our Maydays improv facilitators are enhanced DBS checked and hold up to date QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF).

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 Improvised Comedy Course
Expired
2nd October 2019
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
21st November 2019
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.
Improvising Shakespeare
Upcoming
23rd November 2019
Brighton, UK
Improv Intensive Weekend Workshop with Mayday, Jenny Rowe In this Level 2 weekend workshop, you’ll spend two days improvising in the style of Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare was a genius, so whilst we probably can’t quite reach his level of playwriting in 48 hours, we CAN learn a huge amount to inspire and develop our improvised...
Saturday Improv Comedy Drop-In London
Upcoming
23rd November 2019
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
27th November 2019
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
1st December 2019
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!...
Total Beginners to Improvisation Free Taster
Upcoming
11th December 2019
Brighton, UK
A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what its 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 and) – Practice of exercises in pairs – An opportunity to play Whose...
Beginning as you mean to go on
Upcoming
14th December 2019
Brighton, UK
Improv Intensive Weekend Workshop with Mayday, Jules Munns Telling stories is a natural, human impulse. They allow us to sort and examine the world, learning from those who came before, whether they existed or not. Yet when improvising stories, it is all too common for narrative to seem more of a curse than a blessing....
Total Beginners to Improvisation Free Taster
Upcoming
8th January 2020
Brighton, UK
A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what its 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 and) – Practice of exercises in pairs – An opportunity to play Whose...
Performance Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course
Upcoming
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...
Improv for Business: Agility and Flexibility
Upcoming
15th January 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...
Beginners Improv Comedy Course
Upcoming
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...
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 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...
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...
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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