Online Improv Elective: Songs in Genre

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Online Improv Elective: Songs in Genre

About this event

Take your genre improv up to another level by adding in the magic of songs in character.

Imagine a Victorian music hall number for Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet’s Prince of Denmark blues or a regency style duet between two rivals for the affections of a Mr-Darcy-a-like.

This two and a half hour extravaganza of song and genre will give you an introduction to using songs to give another dimension to your genre improv.

This course for you if you have some experience of scene work and love genre improvisation: we hope you will come along with some genres in mind that you would like to play with. We don’t need you to have had any musical improv experience or knowledge or to have a ‘good singing voice’ – we are experts in making this bit much easier than it looks! If you are nervous about this aspect then check out the reviews for our music drop-in classes (or even try one out yourself).

We will:

  • Explore using some song structure and musical styles which feel appropriate to specific genres
  • Create impressive-sounding, but easy to improvise songs in character which express emotion in a way it’s hard to do in dialogue
  • Enjoy adding an extra level of detail and colour to our genre improvisation through music and song.

Min. participants 6, max. 12. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice (and you will receive a warning 48 hours before the course if this looks likely).

Rebecca MacMillan is a founding member of The Maydays, and also plays with Impromptu Shakespeare, The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes and Steamed! The Improv Dickens Novel. She has been performing and teaching improvisation theatre in the UK and beyond for over 15 years.

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.

This Experienced workshop runs Saturday 10th July, 1 – 3.30 pm BST.

Experienced (12 months+) A class for skillful 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 a refund.

Scholarships and Bursaries:

We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:

  • Afford these courses
  • Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason

No set criteria

Apply HERE for any course that is live on the Maydays or Nursery website

Closed captioning is available in all of our classes and courses. If you need any information on how to access this in zoom, please contact [email protected]

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 Rebecca MacMillan.
Rebecca MacMillan Rebecca is one of our founding members and taught the very first Maydays beginners course. She has trained at iO Chicago and many other improv theatres and teachers both stateside and in the UK. Alongside the Maydays, she performs with Impromptu Shakespeare, The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and in Steamed! The Improvised...
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