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  Category: ClassesOnline Elective: EveryBody, Yeah: Movement with Rita Suszek
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EveryBody, Yeah: Movement For Improvisers About this Event Do you feel Zoom-dependent and over-reliant on witty lines? In EveryBody, Yeah, we will take it back to body basics. We will use a Grotowski-method inspired set of exercises, which will help breathe new life into your scenes, whether on screen or on stage! This class is suitable for improvisers of all levels, as either an introduction or a refresher to body work. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes (or be barefoot, if you have a mat or non-slippery floor) and make sure that you have enough space to extend your arms and legs, if possible. Also evaluate your space for tripping hazards. If you have questions about the content and accessibility of instruction, please email me at rita.suszek@gmail.com . This class is utilising Grotowski’s method as it applies to improvisers. We will use body and breath exercises and practice following our physical impulses, which will then translate into scene-work. We will also have fun with big and silly movements and boost our body awareness in a playful, accessible way! Price: £17.50+booking fee Rita Suszek is an improviser, comedian, actor and playwright. She has performed and led workshops in Queer Improv, as coached by Stephen Davidson and still performs as part of Neither, a twoprov ensemble formed with Roderick Millar. Rita has written and performed solo stand-up shows Fuck It, I’m Thirty and F*cking European (performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East), as well as writing a theatre play Five Dresses I Never Wear (part of which was performed as part of Calm Down Dear festival at Camden People’s Theatre). Recent credits include Kai and Crow in Snow Q, poetry play by Maria Jastrz?bska, directed by Mark Hewitt; improv credits include Machine For Fools, directed by Michael Such and Stephen Davidson, and Behind The Scenes At Studio Mandelbrot (Harry Turnbull, The Nursery Theatre). Min 4 participants, max 12.

Category: ClassesWomen’s Workshop: Going Solo with Sarah-Louise Young
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Making a one-person show About this Event Women’s workshops are an open and supportive creative space for women and non-binary people of all ages and experience levels. These workshops run once a month, and they are stand-alone, so you can book one or come along every time. Each workshop is taught by a different teacher and focuses on a specific area of improvisation, and we have some exciting people lined up over the coming months! *Please note: We are using an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and ‘female’ and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people. This month is Going Solo – with Sarah-Louise Young Have you always wanted to make a one-person show but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a story to share but don’t know how best to tell it? As theatres navigate new regulations and learn how to stage socially distanced events, there couldn’t be a better moment to think about making your own one-person, portable, sellable show: whether it’s a play, a cabaret, improvised or scripted, it’s time to take control of your story. Writer and performer of 6 award-winning and critically acclaimed solo shows and 5 two-handers, Sarah-Louise Young, leads a two-hour online course on how to create work for the solo performer. From choosing your initial idea to picking your perfect collaborators, Sarah-Louise will guide participants through discussion and practical exercises, helping them explore the creative process. As well as working on the style, content and narrative elements of making your own work, she will share her experience and expertise on producing and promoting alone. The pitfalls and the practicalities of travelling light. Participants will be asked to complete a short pre-workshop questionnaire to enable Sarah-Louise to tailor the session to their needs as much as possible. If you already have an idea for a show she will help you find the next step in the creative journey and if you have never thought about going solo before, hopefully, you will leave inspired to start now. Sunday 30th August, 10.30am-1.00pm BST/GMT+1 – Max. 12 – £17.50+ booking fee SARAH-LOUISE’S BIOGRAPHY: Solo Shows: performer and writer An Evening Without Kate Bush The Silent Treatment Cabaret Whore Cabaret Whore Encore! Cabaret Whore, More! More! More! Drag King Two-Handers: performer and writer Julie Madly Deeply Je Regrette! Night Bus Songs For Cynics Songs For Lovers (And Other Idiots) Co-Writer & Director: Looking For Me Friend: The Music Of Victoria Wood Not Dead Yet Empty Nest Hooray For Love Honey’s Happening Miss-Leading Ladies Writer: Maxa, The Most Assassinated Woman In The World (full-scale musical written with MichaelRoulston) Sarah-Louise has co-written with and for numerous other performers including Amanda Palmer, Lynn Ruth Miller, Fascinating Aida, Marcel Lucont, Ophelia Bitz and Clementine Living Fashion Doll Workshops: The Actors Centre The Singers Cabaret Workshop The Showstoppers! Guest speaker for Russell Lucas She has also appeared in numerous plays and pantomimes, workshops of new musicals, script readings and is a regular fixture on the London and international cabaret scene. For more information visit www.sarah-louise-young.com

1:00pm Category: Classes[1:00pm] The Maydays / The Nursery Corporate Improv Drop-in
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Improv Skills for the Workplace Every Wednesday from 2nd September. Either at 13.00- 14.30 or 15.30- 17.00, depending on the date chosen. About this Event: The Maydays / The Nursery online business improv drop-in is an open group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company. Whilst there are lots of benefits from our custom improv for business programmes, sometimes, you might just want to stretch your improv muscles amongst strangers. You can skill-up, tinker with your comfort zone and have some space to laugh and let go without worrying about who's looking. It doesn't much matter whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the MD of an SME, or a mild-mannered janitor. Once you get in the room, everyone is equal, and everyone is supportive. It also doesn't matter whether you consider yourself to be an introvert or an extrovert. Improv for business: programme contents The business improv course is universally accessible. You do not need any previous experience of improvisation, you don't need acting skills, you don't need to sing or be funny. If you have some of those skills already, you're equally welcome, as long as you remember this is not about solo acts. Instead, using our extensive experience of improvisation in corporate settings, we build unimaginable levels of trust, collaboration, teamwork and communication. That alone may inspire you to take the spirit of improv back to your respective organisation, but there's more. You will also find yourself free of judgement and with your inner critic firmly silenced. We create an online space where you reconnect with your inner child, be spontaneous, think on the spot, make stuff up and laugh, a lot. Every programme is CPD accredited, so the points can count towards your personal development or annual training plan. Improv course outcomes Each session we run will include exercises to develop: - Self-confidence and interpersonal skills - Ability to make strong decisions in real-time - Group collaboration and teamwork - Presentation and communication skills - Agility and free-thinking - Active listening skills and concentration - Positive attitudes to being out of your comfort zone - You can be safe in the knowledge of your own improv brilliance, but for your organisation to benefit when you're back in the office or working remotely, you need to be able to adapt in the moment to the unexpected, without it throwing you off course. Who is this course suitable for? This course is intended for people working in a business setting, regardless of position on the pay scale. Whilst many of the participants will be business owners, executives, leaders and managers from all backgrounds, no one will feel out of place. Our trainers all have hundreds of hours experience facilitating online.


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] Impropriety Improv Workshops
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Impropriety run regular workshops every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month. Whether you've done it loads, done it a little or done it never at all ever before we can guarantee that you will laugh a lot and discover bits of your brain you didn't even know were there! 4 for 2 hours of made up magic

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Improv Drop In Class
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What is it? An afternoon of improvisation fun! Working on the skills at the heart of improvisation, such as listening, making offers and committing to your choices, each week you will go a little further into improvisation, meeting new people and working with different teachers. Every class is stand alone, so you can come along to one, or be there every week! Who is it for? The 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. What will I get out of it? Each week you will become more confident and relaxed onstage, taking more risks and feeling more creative and liberated. You will learn the attitudes and ideas that make improvisation work. You will also find these things translating into your everyday life. You will be more confident with people, more creative in your work and better able to respond to stress. What have previous students said? A great place to spend a fun Saturday afternoon with a great bunch of people and learn improv from some of the best teachers in the country. A very relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere which allowed everyone to learn from each other. Lots of fun! You can secure your place by clicking here to book in advance online, or drop in on the day*. Class is capped at 14, and we cannot guarantee a place if you do not book in advance.

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[7:30pm] The Nursery / The Maydays Musical Longform 6 Week Course
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6 weeks of musical longform! About this Event: Every Wednesday evening from 2nd September to 7th October, 7.30pm-9.30pm In this online musical longform course you'll have 6 weeks to dip your toes in the water of improvising musicals. Building on the beginner's musical course you will explore more song structures and ways of using music and singing in your improv scenes. The emphasis is slightly more towards scenic and longform elements of musical improv What can I expect? Musical games and exercises Different vocal styles and ranges Scenes going into songs Putting together longer runs of scenes and songs or a musical piece Who is this course suitable for? People who have completed the online musical improv course, online musical intensive or equivalent with other organisations


Category: Classes[8:00pm] What's the game?! Weekly drop in Improv classes
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Reading's only regular improv venue starts its weekly improv classes on Wednesdays. Classes are for all levels and cover short-form and sketch techniques as well as delving into character creation and exploring long form narrative. We look at developing the complete improvisor and participants get to performing in our monthly improv scratch night. Only 8 for the class

Category: Classes[8:00pm] What's the game?! Weekly drop in Improv classes
Description:
Reading's only regular improv venue starts its weekly improv classes on Wednesdays. Classes are for all levels and cover short-form and sketch techniques as well as delving into character creation and exploring long form narrative. We look at developing the complete improvisor and participants get to performing in our monthly improv scratch night. Only 8 for the class

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