The Maydays 15th Annual Improv Retreat – Meet your Teacher – Heather Urquhart

Headshot of Heather Urquhart for The Maydays Meet Your Teachers blog for their Improv Retreat in October 2023

Our October Improv Retreat is nearly HERE! Meet The Teachers – up next, our absolute smasher, Heather Urquhart!

Hey Heather, what’s the feeling like in the Maydays camp the night before the retreat kicks off?

I think it’s the closest thing an adult can experience to the feeling of being a kid on Christmas eve.


Is there a particular part of the retreat that you’re most looking forward to?

This year I have taken huge risks with the workshops I’m offering and have tried to push myself to experiment. So I’m looking forward to finding out what works, and what doesn’t! It is improv after all.

For someone who has never been before & is tempted to join us in October, but is feeling a little nervous to push that Book Now button, what advice would you give?
It is normal to feel a little nervous about a brand-new experience. Have a read of some of the testimonials of people who went along as a first-timer and know that you’re not alone and we will take really good care of you.
We offer the Jason Chin Scholarship each year, why’s it important? 

Jason Chin was one of The Maydays first coaches and his gentle, encouraging presence remains an inspiration to us. If we can help anyone access the wonder of the improv retreat that wouldn’t otherwise be able to then we think he’d be proud.

For those returning to the retreat for another 3-days of joy, what can they expect from our 15th residential?

New teachers! New Stuff! But the same lovely bubble of great friends and pretend-y times that you know and love.


What’s one of the funniest moments from previous years for you?

When we let the festival goers design a show for us to improvise on the last night and they picked a rock opera through hell. Liz was the devil, of course.


What’s one of the most magical moments from previous years?

So so many but the first one back after the pandemic where so many people who were previously faces in little boxes on screens became real people who could hug each other and sing in harmony.


Sum up The Maydays Improv Retreat in a little one-liner

A relaxing dip into the pool of imagination where your teachers are your floatation devices and your classmates are Dolphins.


To join us at this year’s Improv Retreat, grab one of the last spots here  – we can’t wait to meet you, see you again and most of all play!