‘IN REAL LIFE’ Musical Improv Refresher Course

Image of Mayday Heather Urquhart laughing during a musical improv class in the centre of the maydays logo lifering. Event info on right of image, Musical improv Refresher Course, In Real Life, with Heather Urquhart and Joe Samuel, begins 15th September at BHASVIC Brighton

An ‘IN REAL LIFE’ 12-week refresher course in musical improv covering a vast range of singing styles, song structures, exercises and games.

For those who have done some musical improv before but are feeling a bit rusty after the long break and want to ease back in.

You can book the full 12-week course and save £50 or join us for 6 weeks on either part 1 or 2.

In this course, we will gently explore different ways of improvising in scene and song both as an individual and as part of a group. With a highly experienced musician present in all your scenes we will sing songs from the emotional through to the ridiculous.

What can I expect?

Part one:

  • Musical games and exercises
  • Building singing confidence
  • Singing in a group
  • Improvised scenes into song
  • Movement work
  • Lots of laughter and singing

When: Wednesday nights from 15th September to 20th October, 7-9.30pm each week

Part two:

  • Song structures
  • Improvised longform
  • Improvised musicals
  • Plus stuff from part 1
  • Lots of laughter and singing

When: Wednesday nights for 6-weeks, from 3rd November to 8th December  7-9.30 pm each week

WhereBHASVIC Brighton, 205 Dyke Rd, Brighton & Hove BN3 6EG

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Those with some prior experience of musical improv
  • Confident improvisers or singers happy to jump in
  • Those who have had a break from musical improv during the pandemic and looking for a supportive environment to return.

Min. participants 8, Max. 12.

Cost: 

12 weeks – Book parts 1 AND 2 save £50! – BOOK HERE

  • General £345 +booking fee
  • Concession £315 +booking fee

6 weeks – Part 1 OR 2 – BOOK HERE

  • General £197.50 +booking fee
  • Concession £182.50 +booking fee

BOOK NOW!

If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24hours notice (and you will receive a warning 48 hours before the course if this looks likely).

“More exciting and terrifying than white water rafting. Tremendous shared hilarity and a great way to meet lovely talented people. Failure and success become far less important than just having fun. You’ll hurt yourself laughing. With teachers like The Maydays you believe you can do anything.”

We want to keep our improv community as safe as possible as we return to in-person classes. You can check our COVID procedures for classes via our websites classes page.

If due to covid we can’t run these classes in person, before or during the course, then we will move them online in our improv zoom rooms, with no refunds or credits in this instance.

Your Musical Improv Facilitators:

Heather Urquhart trained in Physical Theatre and has studied improvisation at Chicago’s I.O theatre and Annoyance. She improvises with the Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The ImprovisedMusical and is one of the directors of The Maydays. Her duo improv show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ has also toured extensively most recently to Texas, Montreal and Karachi.

Heather’s other regular improv exploits include The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure, The Playground and The Concept and she is also a co-artistic director at The Nursery Theatre.

Heather was winner of the award for best female performer in the Brighton Fringe Festival 2013 and winner of the Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence for new musical The Opinion Makers in 2014. She is a guest vocalist with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade and sings ‘Sing it!’ which has a series of associated podcasts.

Joe Samuel is the Musical Director of The Maydays. He is a classically trained pianist and violinist and is one of only a handful of professional improviser musicians in the world. He has directed and played for a baffling array of improv troupes both in the UK and across Europe as well, as playing at IO in Chicago and being the musical director of Improv Festivals in Barcelona, Poland, Romania, Finland, Dublin and of course at the Maydays own festival.

Black and white headshot of The Maydays Joe Samuel.
Joe Samuel Joe is the Musical Director of The Maydays.  He is a classically trained pianist and violinist and is one of only a handful of professional improviser musicians in the world.  He has directed and played for a baffling array of improv troupes both in the UK and across Europe as well, as playing...
Headshot of The Maydays Heather Urquhart.
Heather Urquhart Heather trained in Physical Theatre and improvisation at Chicago’s I.O and Annoyance theatres. She improvises with the Olivier award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Blues Hammer, an improvised blues show with the legendary Joe Bill and London’s premier all-female improv team ‘Yes Queens‘. Her show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ has headlined numerous improv...
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