Online Organic Harold Improv Course

Spend six weeks on the organic Harold with Nursery founders Jules Munns and Heather Urquhart

 

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Intimidated by the cult of the ‘Harold’? Curious as to what the fuss is all about? Want to take a step into longform without losing the freewheeling fun? Or just looking for a way to brush up your longform skills? Why not spend six weeks on the organic Harold with Nursery founders Jules Munns and Heather Urquhart?

The basis of much longform improvisation, the ‘Harold’ is a 20-30 minute improvisation format composed of scenes and ‘games’ created fresh each time it is played. With its distinctive three-part structure, it gives a sense of coherence and unity to a show, but it is also flexible enough to change with the team, the night and content. It is an excellent training tool and sandpit to expand and improve your improvisational instincts. Once you know it, you will start to see elements of it everywhere on TV and film.

In this Nursery/Maydays Organic Harold Course, you will learn the Harold not as a magic trick, or a problem to be solved, but as a set of skills that can be worked and improved. This course is ideal both for players new to longform improvisation and those wishing to revise and deepen their Harold abilities in an environment that is both supportive and challenging.

Syllabus includes:

  • Games and openings: how to unpack and build an idea as a group
  • Point of View and character: how to make clear characters and then send them to heaven or hell
  • Second and third ‘beats’: how to bring back characters, ideas and patterns
  • Themes: how to make a show that does more than just make people laugh
  • For one night only: how to make each show unique and different

This six-week course will introduce you to the classic structure of the Harold as well as a variety of other techniques drawn from freeform and narrative improvisation. You will have many opportunities to practise the form and leave not only an understanding of and delight in the Harold but also a greater sense of control and boldness in all your improv.

Although we are based in the UK, Nursery/Maydays online classes are open to players from all over the world, with non-native speakers and players from other improv styles very welcome.

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.

Min 6 participants, max 12.

This Experienced course runs every Wednesday for 6 weeks from 24th February to 31st March, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm.

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 long-form 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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