Online Freeform Improv Intensive

Toss out the rulebook and follow the fun: this is improvisation at its most playful.

About this Event

What happens when we let go of rules and formats? When we perform exactly the show that needs to be performed today? When we stop worrying about where we’re supposed to be and just play?

Freeform is exhilarating, liberating and joyful. Whether you’re looking for the next step in your improv journey, or you’re simply keen to rediscover those wonderful feelings of inspiration and mischief, freeform will open up new worlds for you.

In this Nursery/Maydays Online Freeform course, you’ll learn the techniques that make for seamless, well-timed edits and allow you to always follow the fun. You’ll gain a broader understanding of theme and how to perform improv that is not only entertaining but also meaningful and alive to all possibilities. You’ll also revisit well-known games and skills to see how freeform improv builds on what you already know, to create vibrant, dynamic theatre.

Syllabus includes:

  • Edits: how to move between scenes with maximum pace, inspiration and theatricality
  • Theme: how to make sense of your show when anything can happen
  • Pacing: how to invest in a variety of scenes, and pay them off for impact and comedy
  • What the show needs: how to be playful and confident, but always at the service of the show

Min. participants 6, max. participants 12.

Jules Munns performs with the Maydays and Impromptu Shakespeare, as well as being one-half of Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. He has performed and taught across the world, from Finland to Pakistan, Malawi to Canada. He creates improv blogs and podcasts and performs online for the Nursery.

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.

This Experienced level course runs every evening for five evenings from Mon 15th to Fri 19th of February, 7 pm-9.30 pm GMT.

Experienced (18 months+) A class for skilful players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you.

Whatever the level of ability required, all of our classes are safe, supportive environments led by our experienced teachers. Please email us if you are unsure whether a class is suitable for you. If you sign up for a class inappropriate to your level the Nursery/Maydays reserved the right to remove you from the class without refund.

Jules Munns Since graduating from the Guildhall School, Jules has trained with improv luminaries from Keith Johnstone to Patti Stiles, David Razowsky to Armando Diaz. He was one of the founders of the Nursery, where he was Artistic Director for over a decade, directing and creating numerous shows and teams and running both the corporate...
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 festivals...
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