Improvising Shakespeare

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 theatre and comedy performances.

Over two days, you’ll immerse yourself in Shakespearean language, stories, types of characters, and explore the Elizabethan World to create your own versions of scenes and sketches in the style of Shakespeare’s plays.

What can I expect?
– What did Shakespeare ever do for us?
Soliloquy, monologues, entrances, chorus, set-description, deaths, narration, verse, etc.
– Simile and metaphor to make your language more poetic and descriptive (inc. making up words).
– What is Iambic pentameter? Why it’s not scary (and why we won’t use it much anyway).
– Playing Status
– Improvising as Elizabethans (in their world).
– Exploring Shakespeare’s stories (comedy, tragedy, history, magic, shipwrecks, and more).
and deaths.

Who is this course suitable for?
– Improvisers, and actors with some improvisation experience (Level 1 Maydays course, or above).
– 17-100 years old!
– Performers who want to explore Shakespeare from a fresh angle
– Improvisers who want to develop and explore their verbal dexterity and theatrical stagecraft.

This course is being led by Maydays superstar, Jenny Rowe who also performs with Impromptu Shakespeare

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 2019, 10am-3pm each day at The Maydays Studio, Brighton.

£105.00 or book before the 23rd October for a £10 Early Bird discount – BOOK NOW!

We’re running three-weekend intensives this winter, so if you’d like to join us for more than one of them, pop us an email to to book and we’ll arrange payment with the following discounts:

1. Book two-weekend workshops and receive a 20% discount

2. Book three-weekend workshops and receive a 30% discount

As an improviser, Jen as well as being a firm fixture in the Maydays team, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with Impromptu Shakespeare, plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd and once won £2.38 during an ‘improv-off’ in a Ken Campbell workshop. She has trained at Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and has two writing projects on the go: a sitcom pilot and a one-woman show about an SF writer. Her recent fringe runs in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” have been a smash, with 5-star reviews pouring in from audiences, so yeah, she’s busy.

Jen trained at ACT Brighton and now teaches there on a regular basis. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Fringe-first nominated Bite-size Plays. She has toured with The Foundry Group and played Ero in The Widow’s Tears for the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ series. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having...
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