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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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7:00pm Category: Shows[7:00pm] Impropriety Improv Open Jam
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The Impropriety Jam workshops are back but this time with a twist..... We honestly think that one of the best ways to learn about improv is to do it in front of an audience and so we are giving you the oppotunity to do just that. How? Well.....The Impropriety Open Jam night! Imagine an open mic crossed with an Improv workshop and sprinkled with love... . If you've been to the closed Jam earlier in the month come along and test out your Improv chops in front of a live wonderful supportive audience. If you are friends of people who have been to our closed Jam, come along and support them as they step out on the stage like theatrical gods. If you just want to come along to see what the fudge is going on then do so too! We will be offering a special reward scheme for Jammers where they can get reward points from people that come along to support them in the audience which they be able to swap for will get free workshops and other cool stuff. A smattering of professional Improprieters will be there to help things no their way and provide back up... so come along... what have you got to lose? There may be a bit of extra Impropriety mayhem this month too to welcome our wonderful students back......! Doors for audience - 7.30pm

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: Shows[7:00pm] Thursday Night Lights - The Nursery Improv Jam
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A hybrid improv jam/show like no other! Its part jam, part workshop and part show. Each week we welcome three acts, some of whom are newer to improv or trying something new, and anyone can play in our three specially curated jam sessions that help bring out the best of everyone. Each jam section has its own distinct feel, including our patented concept jam where you get to flex improv muscles you didnt even know you had. Want to jam at #TNL? Click on our website to check out the dates for this seasons upcoming shows! Want to bring your team to play at #TNL? Applications are open for our Autumn season; apply on our website!

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: Classes[8:00pm] THE MAYDAYS DROP IN, Brighton
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The Maydays 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. Price: £12 Ways to pay: 1. 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! 2. Pay on the door if we have any spaces left IMPORTANT NOTES: 1. Please make sure the correct date is selected once you follow the booking link, as refunds are ONLY issued if the class is cancelled 2. 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 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.

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