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The Maydays Christmas Party & Jam - 16th December, 7pm-10pm, FREE. Booking essential as places limited!

Come and spend a yuletide evening with us at The Maydays Studio in the heart of Brighton. Whether you’re new to the Brighton improv scene or an old timer, you’re all welcome for our annual festive improv party. We’ll have mince-pies aplenty and lots of opportunities for you to get up and jam or just sit back and enjoy the merriment.

This is a free event, but please reserve a free ticket to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Door donations much appreciated 🙂
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Maydays Women’s Workshop - Sunday 21st October, 2pm-5pm at The Maydays Studio, Brighton

How does it feel and what does it mean to be a woman in improv? How do we play men, and with men? And how can we all play women in a nuanced, realistic way? When does gender really matter for a character? Where and when do we feel power or disempowerment in improvisation?

The first in a series of biannual events from The Maydays for female-identifying improvisers, The Maydays Women’s workshop is an afternoon of improv chats, laughter and play, led by experienced (female) Maydays coaches. It centres on doing the improv you want to do in an atmosphere that makes that not just possible, but easy and joyful.

Whatever your experiences of improvising in mixed groups and whatever your experience level, the Maydays invite you to this free event at the Maydays studio 2 to 5 pm on the 21st of October, followed by a drink in the Sovereign.

This workshop is already nearly full, so BOOK your FREE place soon to avoid disappointment!
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Mayday A Day Autumn Intensive

A 5-day improv intensive in The Maydays unique style
A five-day course in the art of The Maydays improv – each day you’ll be taught by a different company member, where they’ll be revealing their personal improv secrets.

What can I expect?

A variety of different techniques and exercises
A deeper understanding of longform improvisation
Exploration of forms that The Maydays themselves use
An insight into each teacher’s personal philosophy
This will be a bespoke course and the teachers will work to the needs of the group.

Who is this course suitable for?

Some improv experience required
Those who are unable to make our term time residentials eg. Teachers
Those who cannot make our weekly Brighton courses, eg. London based improvisers
£350.00 – Book before 22nd September for a £50 Early Bird Discount
This course will be taught by 5 of The Maydays instructors

“I’ve now completed 4 courses and would genuinely say they’ve been one of the most enriching experiences of my life thus far. The cherry on the cake is the fact that the teachers themselves are also totally lovely humans. I think you can only do yourself a huge favour by getting involved with The Maydays in one form or another…”
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The Maydays present: Happily Never After @ London Horror Festival

An Improvised Gothic Musical Tale

The Maydays have been quietly gathering an army of fans around the world with their exceptional talent for creating skin-prickling theatre from nothing. Now they are dazzling audiences with their hugely popular and deliciously dark musical show, Happily Never After. Created from a single audience suggestion, The Maydays weave a playful tale, full of black comedy and haunting songs, in a loose homage to cult director Tim Burton’s gothic style, with influences from Lemony Snicket, the Brothers Grimm and dark fairy tales.

After sell-out shows at Edinburgh, Barcelona and VAULT Festivals, Happily Never After is a word-of-mouth success that raises the bar on what’s possible with improvised theatre.

Each night of 11th, 12th & 13th October from 7pm-8pm

“Happily Never After is hilarious!” Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?) – Edinburgh Festival 2016

“‘Certainly worthy of Burton” Chortle – VAULT Festival 2017

“As funny as hell” ** Breaking the Fourth Wall – VAULT Festival 2017
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Presence for Improvisers: An 8-week Advanced Level 4 Maydays course

Whether you’re hosting a show, playing a jolly octopus or a tense kitchen sink drama, captivating performances have one thing in common: the presence of those on stage. Improve your acting skills and relax into your authenticity on this course for experienced improvisers.

Start Date: 3rd October 2018 19:15
End Date: 21st November 2018 21:45

What can I expect?

- Improvising scenes in character
- Presenting as yourself
- Group games, solo introspection, pair work
- Movement and physical self-awareness
- Playing with the spectrum of emotions
- Laughter

We’ll look at improving your characters and commitment so your scenes are more awesome. And how you can feel comfortable being yourself onstage, connect with the audience and enjoy it more. When we’re less self-analytical and more inflow we have more impact and everything becomes easier. So we’ll get out of our heads, into our bodies and find presence in whatever role we’re playing.

Who’s it for?

- Adults 18-100
- People who’ve completed 2 Maydays courses (or equivalent improv experience)
- Those who would like to improve their personal presence
- Improvisers wanting to go deeper into character and create more electric scenes
- Those who are ‘stuck in their heads’ and wanna release their awesomeness
- Those with a willingness to recognise and address personal habits, and support others in doing so

This 8-week course culminates in a showcase for family and friends on Wednesday 28 November, 8pm-10pm at the Maydays Studio Brighton.

Price: £175.00
Book before 5th September for a 10% Early Bird Discount!

'Want to learn or brush up your improv? Go to their drop-ins, workshops or their improv retreats. It is like learning from your smartest most supportive best friends.'
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The Maydays Saturday drop-in is a wide ability class, so everyone is welcome! It is ideal for people trying improvisation for the first time, or more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgemental and you will find yourself doing things you never thought you could.

Start Date 8th September 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Ongoing

Price: £12

Ways to pay:

Pre-book and guarantee yourself a place at drop-in as classes are limited to just 16 per drop-in. You’ll receive a loyalty card when you pre-book and your 7th drop-in will be FREE!
Pay on the door if we have any spaces left
PLEASE NOTE: Booking your drop-in place is highly recommended, as we’re often full and have now capped these sessions to 16 attendees. You can still turn up and pay on the door if we have room, but if we have to turn you away, please don’t be offended! For those who still have our old bulk buy cards, you can RESERVE your spot on a specific drop-in session, by following the booking link and entering the password – RESERVE MY SPOT (case sensitive). You will need to have your bulk buy card with you to gain entry.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Please make sure the correct date is selected once you follow the booking link, as refunds are ONLY issued if the class is cancelled
If you reserve a place for drop-in and do not show up, this will count as a used session and be taken off your bulk buy card the next time you join us
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The Maydays Free Improvised Comedy Taster Session

A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds.

Start Date: 27th August 2018 19:15
End Date: 27th August 2018 20:45

What can I expect?

Fun group warm up games
A gentle introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying’yes)
Practice of exercises in pairs
An opportunity to play ‘Whose line is it anyway’ shortform improv games for those who want to
Who is this course suitable for?

Adults aged 18 – 100
Absolute beginners (including particularly nervous or shy participants)
Any human wishing to try improv for the first time or needing a refresher
BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS CLASS LIMITED TO 16

“I’m a lot more confident with taking lead in social situations, if you need to cure shyness/stage fright/general unconfidence, DO IT!”

PLEASE CHECK YOU ARE BOOKING THE CORRECT DATE WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE BOOK NOW BUTTON


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The Maydays Free Improvised Comedy Taster Session

A 90-minute introduction to improvised comedy with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds.

Start Date: 24th September 2018 19:15
End Date: 24th September 2018 20:45

What can I expect?

Fun group warm up games
A gentle introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying’yes)
Practice of exercises in pairs
An opportunity to play ‘Whose line is it anyway’ shortform improv games for those who want to
Who is this course suitable for?

Adults aged 18 – 100
Absolute beginners (including particularly nervous or shy participants)
Any human wishing to try improv for the first time or needing a refresher
BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS CLASS LIMITED TO 16

“I’m a lot more confident with taking lead in social situations, if you need to cure shyness/stage fright/general unconfidence, DO IT!”

PLEASE CHECK YOU ARE BOOKING THE CORRECT DATE WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE BOOK NOW BUTTON
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The Maydays Free Musical Improv Taster Session

A 90-minute introduction to Musical Improv with The Maydays. Come and find out what it’s all about for zero pounds.

Start Date: 25th September 2018 19:15
End Date: 25th September 2018 20:45

What can I expect?

One Maydays facilitator and one musician leading the session
Group singing warm-ups
Learning the basics of how to improvise a song
Singing games like the Hoedown from ‘Whose line is it anyway’
A fun and gentle introduction to this life-changing art form. Really useful for those who want to give musical improv a go but need a safe environment to let their musical hair down. Petrified? Don’t worry, by the time you leave you will be ready to sing in front of anyone!

Who is this course suitable for?

Adults aged 18 – 100
Absolute beginners (including particularly nervous or shy participants)
Those who love singing
Those who are terrified/think they cannot sing
No previous improv experience required
BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS CLASS LIMITED TO 16

“More exciting and terrifying than white water rafting. Tremendous shared hilarity and a great way to meet lovely talented people. Failure and success become far less important than just having fun. You’ll hurt yourself laughing. With teachers like The Maydays you believe you can do anything.”
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The Maydays Beginners Shortform Improvisation Comedy Course

Unleash your creative potential and increase your confidence with improvised comedy! Great for all levels and abilities, improv uses no scripts or prepared material. Comedy is created in the moment: a playful and liberating experience, which is both very funny and helpful for overcoming creative blocks.

Start Date
1st October 2018 19:15
End Date
19th November 2018 21:45

What can I expect?

Fun group warm-up games
An introduction to the principles of improv (listening and saying yes)
Practice of exercises in pairs and in groups
An opportunity to play ‘Whose line is it anyway’ shortform improv games in front of the group
Who is this course suitable for?

Adults aged 18 – 100.
All levels and abilities. Beginners are very welcome.
Stand-up comedians, anyone wanting to get into comedy for the first time.
Any human wishing to try improv for the first time or needing a refresher.

£175.00 – Book before 3rd September for a 10% Early Bird Discount

‘It’s the bravest, most fun and impactful course I’ve ever done!’
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