The Maydays 5th Annual Intensive for Experienced Improvisers

“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 with some of the best teachers in the UK and some of the loveliest fellow students you could ever hope to meet?

If this sounds good to you, then we invite you to be part of The Maydays Improv Intensive for Experienced Improvisers from 20th-24th March 2019.

About you* :

  • You REGULARLY IMPROVISE either with a group or in classes. This means you have improvised for over 80 hours in the past three years (100 hours is approximately a class/rehearsal per week for five terms or similar – email [email protected] if you’re unsure because everyone progresses at different speeds).
  • You’re looking to take your game to the next level. You want to push the limits, dig deeper, sharpen your instincts and really connect with your inner improv genius.

*(If this is not you (even if you have attended a March Maydays intensive before) please head to our September retreat where we run classes for all levels and can help you develop your improv skills!)

About the Intensive:
The Maydays Improv Intensive is designed specifically to help experienced improvisers grow. Over the course of four days in Dorset, Maydays teachers will lead you along a creative path that will enable you to hone your existing skills while unlocking new ones you didn’t even know you had.

In 2019 you have THREE options:

  1. BOOK THE IMPROV INTENSIVE FOR EXPERIENCED IMPROVISERS
  2. BOOK THE IMPROV INTENSIVE FOR EXPERIENCED IMPROVISERS – MUSICAL STREAM – For those who want to really dig into their musical improv. You will be working on a musical form with your group and already have some musical improv experience.
  3. BOOK THE IMPROV INTENSIVE FOR EXPERIENCED IMPROVISERS – ADVANCEDSTREAM – For ADVANCED IMPROVISERS ONLY – very experienced improvisers who want to be pushed hard!

BOOKING TO THE MAYDAYS IMPROV INTENSIVE IS APPLICATION ONLY  – CLICK THE APPLY NOW BUTTON AND COMPLETE THE FORM AND WE’LL BE IN TOUCH

In all cases, you’ll spend the mornings working with a group of fellow students – your ‘class’ – as you follow a carefully crafted curriculum, designed by master improvisers to make you one of them! Then in the afternoon you’ll be able to hand-pick classes that suit your personal needs.

  • You’ll delve into scene work and onstage authenticity. You’ll set aside your familiar improv toolkit and spend some time getting cosy with the scary and unfamiliar.
  • You’ll benefit from tons of individual attention as your teachers help you fine-tune your improv skills.
  • You’ll get a chance to perform in a showcase at the end of the week, putting all those new muscles to work.
  • You’ll meet amazing new people – people who are just as creative and curious as you are.
  • You’ll laugh a lot (the Maydays firmly believe that if you’re laughing, you’re learning).
  • You’ll surprise yourself with your own genius. And how often does that happen?

The Improv Intensive offers you the chance to play, grow and take risks, all in a summer-camp atmosphere of support and camaraderie. And everything’s included – classes, accommodation and some of the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted.

So, come away with us this spring. It’s sure to be an unforgettable – maybe even life-changing – experience.

“Imagine a school where you woke up every morning and had breakfast with fascinating people, most of whom are incredibly funny creative geniuses. Imagine a school where you looked at the day’s timetable and were disappointed that you could not attend EVERY lesson as they were all just too brilliant. Imagine a school where you hoped that a chance fault in the space-time continuum would mean that the lessons would never end. Imagine a school that you didn’t want to leave at the end of the day! Thanks, Maydays – I’ve now mentally replaced the memory of my own dull, grey schooling with the rainbow-technicolour memories of last week.”

£555.00 all-inclusive of classes, shows, breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation 

Or pay just £505.00 with a £50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – ENDS 20th FEBRUARY

To Book for either of the 3 options please fill in the application questionnaire via the Apply Now button – all applications will be reviewed, those who are eligible to join will be sent a booking link.

Lloydie is an improviser and writer who performs with MissImp in Nottingham and The Maydays in Brighton as well as in Two Seats Four Cheeks – the two person improv collaboration he has with fellow Mayday, Jenny Rowe. He has trained at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and The Annoyance Theatre in...
Jason trained as an actor at ACT Brighton and studied improvisation at io Chicago having joined The Maydays in 2005. While living in South Africa from 2010 to 2016 he co-founded the community hub Improv Cape Town and established The Long Shots improvised comedy troupe. He also developed and taught the improvisation skills syllabus at...
Joe’s mother was a piano and he has spent his life trying to get back in. He is a classically trained pianist and violinist having studied at Royal Holloway University. He is the Musical Director of The Treason Show and of course The Maydays, and a teacher of most things musical such as piano, A-Level...
Rhiannon Vivian has been improvising since 2008, performing regularly in London and Brighton with The Maydays, Dreamweaver Quartet, Bumper Blyton the Improvised Adventure and The Concept. She also writes and performs character comedy, and took both her solo shows (Doors To Manual and Office Meltdown) to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe three years running. Rhiannon has...
Jules Munns started improvising at the Guildhall School where he was a founder member of the Improsarios. After graduating, he co-founded the Nursery, where he is now Artistic Director. He performed with Music Box (5* FringeGuru and Remote Goat) and Friendly Fire before joining the Maydays in 2012. He directed the first run of Impromptu...
Liz Peters trained as an actress at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has worked extensively on stage and screen. She was nominated Best Female Performer at Brighton Fringe for Toybox, a musical comedy she wrote and produced, and has worked with British comedy institutions Newsrevue and The Treason Show, as well as in films, commercials and immersive theatre.  Liz travels the world performing...
John Cremer started in improv with Louis Anthony Russo in Arizona and then joined Essential Theatre Playback Company. Returning to his native Brighton in 2001 he founded the Maydays. John works with a diverse range of clients including Microsoft, Deloitte, T-Mobile, Rio Tinto, Airbus, Lloyds TSB, HTC, ADT and Vistage. He is the author of...
Rebecca is one of our founding members and taught the very first Maydays beginners course. She has trained at iO Chicago. As well as the Maydays she performs with Impromptu Shakespeare & The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and in the past has graced the stage with Mothers Uncorked, BiteSize, The Treason Show, Voodoo Vaudeville...
Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago as well as with teachers from Annoyance, UCB and more. She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award. Katy has performed with the Maydays for 13 years, spent over a decade as half of the two-woman longform show...
Jen trained at ACT Brighton and now teaches there on a regular basis. Her credits includedreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Fringe-first nominated Bite-size Plays. She has toured withThe 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 worked with...
Heather 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...
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