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10:00am Category: Classes[10:00am] The Nursery / The Maydays 13-14s Improv Summer Camp
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Young improvisers make up their own hilarious stories & scenes every day for a week, with the same group! Every morning 10am-11.30am from Mon 17th August to Friday 21st August Want to give your kids the opportunity to connect with other young people in a creative way? Do they need to laugh and let loose a little? Then sign them up for our online improv Summer Camp! Improvisation is a fantastic way to stay creative, active, and have some fun with other people the same age (though we are sure you are hilarious too). This week will get young people making up their own hilarious stories and scenes, with fun improv games that let the imagination run wild – and all this from your own living room! Improv helps improve confidence, creativity, social skills - plus it’s a lot of fun. We’ve already had hundreds of adults laughing and connecting with others all over the world in our online sessions, and now we are so excited to be able to offer the same to young people.

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2:00pm Category: Classes[2:00pm] The Nursery / The Maydays Kids & Teens Online Improv Drop-in
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These classes will get kids & teens making up their own hilarious stories & scenes, with fun improv games that let the imagination run wild! Need a little break from home-schooling? Want to give your kids the opportunity to connect with other young people in a creative way? Do they need to laugh and let loose a little? Then sign them up for our online improv drop-in for kids & teens! Improvisation is a fantastic way to stay creative, active, and have some fun with other people the same age (though we are sure you are hilarious too). These classes will get young people making up their own hilarious stories and scenes, with fun improv games that let the imagination run wild – and all this from your own living room! Improv helps improve confidence, creativity, social skills – plus it’s a lot of fun. We’ve already had hundreds of adults laughing and connecting with others all over the world in our online sessions, and now we are so excited to be able to offer the same to young people. Tuesdays 2pm-3.15pm are for ages 7-10 year olds Wednesdays 2pm-3.15pm are for ages 11-14 year olds

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7:00pm Category: Classes[7:00pm] Improv Drop Ins at the Nursery Training Centre
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These drop-in classes are weekly non-narrative longform drop-ins focused on a range of fun yet practical exercises to get the best out of your scenes. The sessions are open to all levels and, in addition to Scenework Fundamentals will cover a wide range of longform skills such as creative edits, sound and movement, group games, initiating with premise, tackling longer scenes, physicality, matching energy, organic transitions, playing to the top of your intelligence And much much more. 10 a session

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery 'Making a Show' Drop in class (London)
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Longform improv is a big sprawling beast. From improvised genre pieces to sketch shows and classic forms like the Armando and Harold, it can be anything which isnt explicitly directed by someone onstage. It is an infinitely rewarding and complex artform that is growing at an exponential rate in the UK. This drop in class delves into all of these lovely, complex, rich areas. Everything is relevant, useful and fun! Great longform means working with your team on a number of different levels filling scene after scene with interesting, fully-realised characters that care about each other while simultaneously (& largely wordlessly) shaping and directing the flow and structure of the larger show. Its about being writer and performer in the same moment, about playing as a team and making each other look good. Brilliant stuff. Very useful for improv and for life. Five stars. During these classes, you will explore a wide variety of techniques that can be used in any improvised show. These include: Working together as a team The importance of play Building a world supporting from on and offstage Common structural techniques such as edits, tags and transitions* Applying these skills to classic improv forms such as the Armando and Harold *Dont worry if this jargon means nothing to you. Thats what the course is for! This class is suitable for those who have done some improv before and are comfortable playing a scene without any game structure. If you are unsure if this class is the right level for you, email jules@thenurserytheatre.com with a summary of your experience.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery 'Making a scene' Drop in Class (London)
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The best improv classes in London youll never learn so much or laugh so hard At the heart of every performance is the scene, the building block on which all improv shows are created. There is no prescription for creating a successful scene. Some are long, some short, some touching and tender, some daft and knockabout. Each week this class will examine techniques for making great improvised scenes, including approaches to character, space work and mime, game of the scene, narrative techniques, emotion and authenticity. A new tool in your tool box every week, leading to emotionally grounded, rewarding and hilarious scenes which are simple to play! Brilliant stuff. Very useful for improv and for life. Five stars. This class is intended for those who have had at least six months experience of improvisation and want to polish their scene-work skills, perhaps to complement a course you are taking or team you are playing with. Email jules@thenurserytheatre.com with questions, or to discuss if this is the class for you. A very relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere which allowed everyone to learn from each other. Class limited to 14 participants. 15. 7-10pm. Book below to guarantee a place and to accumulate loyalty stamps. Free class for every six booked online!

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Summer Intensive: The Deconstruction
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Study the Deconstruction format in-depth 5 evenings in a row with the same teacher and group. Just like our courses but jam-packed into one week! The Deconstruction is a longform format that explores a recurring relationship-based scene through themes, commentary and the world in which it all takes place. It was developed by Del Close and The Family – a seminal improv group from Chicago that included the likes of Miles Stroth and Matt Besser. The form includes, detailed long scenes, thematic scenes, ‘game-y scenes, and short sharp scenes building to a crescendo – it really does have everything. A perfect format to stretch your improv skills in many different directions! Like most forms, the focus and way it is taught evolves over time, and so with this. We’ll be looking at a couple of variations, while honouring the form as a whole, and maybe even trying one of our own. Jenny Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and has regularly taught there, as well as Brighton ICT, and Chichester Festival Theatre LEAP programme. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Brighton Fringe ’19 Best Play winner, Clean. She has toured with The Foundry Group, played in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ series and performed numerous Shakespeares at Brighton Open Air Theatre. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show Productions and, among other street theatre, was a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams. As an improviser, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with Impromptu Shakespeare and The Concept, and plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd, when they’re in the same city. She has trained with Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and is currently researching her next show. Her recent solo play in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” was described by Fringereview as… ‘a fascinating biography well worth knowing, convincingly acted and eloquently written.

Category: Classes[7:30pm] Box of Frogs Drop-in Session
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Box of Frogs Weekly Drop-In Session at the St. Columba Church Hall in Moseley, Birmingham, B13

Category: Classes[7:30pm] Summer Intensive: Viewpoints
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A 5-day improv intensive using the theatrical technique of Viewpoints About this Event Study the technique of Viewpoints in-depth 5 evenings in a row with the same teacher and group. Just like our courses but jam-packed into one week! This intensive runs every evening from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August, 7 pm-9.30 pm. Viewpoints is a theatre-based vocabulary that can help take your improv skills to the next level. We’ll use our bodies and the space around us as the valuable tools they are, providing us with feedback and emotional depth. We’ll redefine our understanding of timing within a scene, use silence to its full effect, and say the things that really need to be said. Viewpoints will take your acting and improvised theatre skills to the next level, with no drama school required. Stephen Davidson is the Artistic Director of The Improvised Play, Improvable, QI: Queer Improv, Carmen: A gender-swapped Film Noir Fantasy, and of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable and the Nursery Theatre, with the Free London Improv Project, and Hoopla Improv. He has taught and performed all over the world.

Category: Classes[7:30pm] The Maydays / Nursery Online Improv Drop-In
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The Maydays / Nursery Online Improv Drop-In PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE CORRECT DATE FROM THE DROP DOWN BOX WHEN FOLLOWING THE BOOKING LINK AS THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. In response to the unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus, the Nursery and the Maydays are moving their joint improvisation classes online with immediate effect. We believe improvisation is a very useful way to connect with people and can help us to keep perspective and balance in these challenging and confusing times. We want to continue offering people this, even if the medium is slightly changed. These online drop-in classes are slightly shorter and cheaper than our normal drop-in classes, but still offer the same combination of pair and group work, and are still open to both beginners and more experienced improvisers. Initially, they were running at the normal times of 7 pm Wednesday, 8 pm Thursday and 1 pm Saturday, but this has already proved hugely popular with online sessions already selling out, so we’ve now added lots more! When? Monday to Friday – 7.30 pm-9.30 pm every evening Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm-3 pm & 3.30 pm-5.30 pm Where? ONLINE ZOOM ROOM Who is it for? The drop-in is a wide ability class but is specifically aimed at newer improvisers or more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgemental. Who is teaching it? For variety, the teacher will change every week. All teachers are either from The Maydays or The Nursery Theatre and are highly experienced improvisers and teachers. How much is it? £10+ booking fee per class, bookable in advance How do I join an online class? There is simply a link for you to click, which will be included in your booking summary email once you’ve bought your place. *classes are limited to 12 students and no guarantee is made of a place if you do not book. Please note that the Nursery who ticket these events cannot refund tickets after purchase. The minimum age for all Nursery classes is 18. Please also note that classes start on time and if you are more than 30 minutes late without letting us know, you may not be able to join the class, as you will have missed warmups. This is at the teacher’s discretion. Please check the date and title of this event carefully as we are unable to issue any refunds except in case of cancellation by the Nursery. The Maydays and Nursery Online Improv Classes FAQ on our website


Category: Shows[8:10pm] Shoot From The Hip! FREE SHOW
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Join Shoot From The Hip! for their long-running weekly residency at Covent Garden's prestigious Top Secret Comedy Club - and, as always, it's FREE! Never the same show twice, everything Shoot From The Hip! perform on stage is completely unrehearsed, unpredictable and unforgettable. You choose the scenes, you give the locations... no script - no limits! So bring anyone and everyone with you for a 100% FREE night of improvised chuckles right in the heart of London's West End at the Top Secret Comedy Club, Covent Garden! Recommended by the fine folks at The Metro and Londonist, and featured in TNT Magazine. Theyre brilliantOne to watch! - Charlene White, ITV "Extremely funny...Comedy doesn't get better than this" - N16 Magazine Great improv team - Jimmy Akingbola, BBCs Rev Pretty awesome guys - Chizzy Akudolu, BBCs Holby City "Great improv" - Vanessa Fraction, Def Comedy Jam Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8.15pm. Be there for 8 to guarantee entry! Cheap drinks (from 1.50!) + free laughs = good times. BE THERE! www.shootfromthehipcomedy.co.uk @ShootImpro

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