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  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

Online Ten Styles of Scenes Improv Course
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The fundamentals and joys of really great scene work About this Event This Intermediate course runs every Wednesday evening fro 10 weeks from 9th September to 11th November, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm. Intermediate (3/6 months+ regular improv) These classes will be opportunities to add tools to your growing toolbox. Normally these classes will expect players to be confident playing scenes. These classes will provide practice and specific new skills. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In this new course, you will concentrate on the fundamentals and joys of really great scene work. No frills, no structures, just two people and (sometimes) a suggestion. Over ten weeks, Artistic Director Jules Munns will introduce you to ten styles of scene drawn from different improv traditions, You will look at how they are structured, what powers them and when they might be used. Treating this not as a set of restrictions, but as useful tools and shortcuts to shape your scenes, you will learn how to get the most out of your scene and therefore have the most fun. You will gain an understanding of how you like to play and what you can bring to a scene, as well as expanding your range and flexibility of play by learning how to combine different scene types. This course covers: “Let me tell you something” – Point of view scenes “I thought I was the only one” – Agreement scenes “You know what I like about you?” – Relationship scenes “Will you make me the happiest man?” – Genre/expectation scenes “Wait what?” – Platform/tilt scenes “If you will let me explain” – Frustration scenes “It is as the prophecy foretold!” – Protagonist scenes “Johnson, sit down” – Game/premise scenes “As I was saying” – Multi-part scenes “Everybody get in here” – Groups scenes With a maximum of 12 attendees, Ten Styles of Scenes is taught by Jules Munns. Jules performs with the Maydays and Impromptu Shakespeare, as well as being one-half of Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. He has performed and taught across the world, from Finland to Pakistan, Malawi to Canada. He creates improv blogs and podcasts and performs online for the Nursery.

Category: ClassesOnline Summer Intensive: Improvised Character Toolkit
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Generate compelling, believable and funny characters for use in any improv scenes! About this Event NB This course is open for anyone with some improv experience (eg a Level1/Beginners course or a few regular drop-ins). Study creating characters online 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 24th August to Friday 28th August, 7 pm-9.30 pm. This course is specially adapted for the digital space, with lessons taken from actor training school and re-worked for the inventive improviser looking to broaden their choices. By the end of the week, you will have a simple toolkit at your disposal which can fast-track you to even greater playful instincts and supercharge any improv scene … Topics covered will be: · Crazy creatures, animals and inanimate objects- How to make them as relatable as they are silly. · Status- Keith Johnstone’s most lasting legacy in impro, learn how playing with status can better tell the story of a scene. · Accents, impressions & voices – Unlock the power of your voice to create surprising (often ridiculous) new choices for yourself and your scene partners. · The ‘Viewpoints’ system- As it relates to character, influenced by Anne Bogart. Find greater specificity in your choices onstage and onscreen with exercises that explore Gesture, physical architecture and Spatial Relationships. · We will also touch upon physicality, to the extent that the online medium allows. + There will be some homework in the form of a life study assignment, which will contribute towards the work in classes. Note: You will not be required to roll around on your hands and knees pretending to be a Weasel or a tree- but it might just happen anyway. This course is created by Jonah Fazel, an experienced character actor, theatre-maker and Television presenter who trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy. He has trained in multiple improvisational styles and has been teaching improvisation for over a decade. In addition to being a guest lecturer at many UK drama schools, he is also a professor of improvisation and The University of Creative Arts. He can currently be seen as a series regular on BAFTA-winning online comedy ‘History Bombs’, the award-winning kids TV show ‘Treasure champs’ and touring the UK with the hit genre show Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure SPEAKERS MAP COMMENTS RELATED EVENTS

Category: ClassesOnline Duos Improv Course
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Duos – build that two-person relationship About this Event This Experienced course runs every Thursday from 3rd September to 8th October, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm BST/GMT+1 Experienced (18 months+) A class for skilful players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you. Doing scenes with just one scene partner is common – doing a whole show with just one other person is less common. If you want to start doing a duo or work on the current duo you are part of, this course will help you create characters you can sit in for longer, call back on more often and will provide time for you to work on the unique aspects of two-person improv. If you already have a duo partner and want to enrol with them, we highly recommend that and time will be given for you to work most of your scene specifically with them so you can get notes as a duo. If you can’t enrol with your duo partner or are “two-prov curious” and want to work on the skills of two-person improv, that’s fine too. Make the most of your duo by investing time and energy in that relationship on this course. A supportive environment and a chance for you to work out what unique strengths you bring out in each other will not only help build great duos but have knock-on positive side effects for the rest of your improv too! Min 4 participants, max 12. Lloydie James Lloyd is an improviser from Nottingham who performs with The Maydays and also with Rhymes Against Humanity – the improvised musical in Nottingham. He performs and teaches around the world and is the host of The Improv Chronicle Podcast, a documentary podcast for improvisers. Lloydie trained at UCB (New York), iO and Annoyance Theatres (Chicago) and with as many improvisers he has been able to find that keep his nerd-like passion for this artwork alive. In his spare time, he sings, writes and collects nice hand lotions.

10:00am Category: Classes[10:00am] The Nursery/Maydays Never Too Old for Improv – Beginners Improv for the Over 5
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Too old for improv? Not likely! About this Event Every Monday from 31st August to 5th October, 10am-12pm BST / GMT+1 This 6-week class is an opportunity to try improvised comedy and theatre, focusing on your experiences, needs and skills, as an older person. What do we mean by older people? That's up to you; you can, of course, do any of our courses, but if you fancy learning improv with your peers then this could be perfect for you. We'll teach the basics of improv comedy – collaboration, commitment, listening and supporting each other – in a gentle and fun way. You don't need any prior knowledge of improvisation or drama, and there's no pressure to be funny. But you will be. As the course progresses, you'll get better at thinking on your feet, making quick decisions, and the most important part of all: it doesn't matter if you don't get it right. Mistakes are opportunities to make something new and brilliant. FAQ I don't understand Zoom! No problem, we'll be in contact before the course starts to arrange a session to go through the basics. I can't come up with ideas quickly You don't have to – everyone learns at their own pace, and all you have to do is be you, listen and respond. Min 4 participants, max 12.

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7:00pm Category: Classes[7:00pm] Hoopla Impro Workshop
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7pm - 9:30pm 12.50 Book online at www.hooplaimpro.com A flexible weekly improv workshop, different topic every Monday including things like Back to Basics, Yes And, Listening, Agreement, Character and Storytelling. We create a safe, fun, friendly and supportive environment where improvisers are free to play and be themselves. Each session will start with some fun warm ups and core skills like Listening & Yes And before focussing on the week's main theme (different theme each week). In the second half there will be a mix of fun performance games, scenes, stories and improv formats. After that there is an optional social at the local pub. Most of all the focus will be on improvising in a fun and carefree way, and getting lots of practice in. If you want to do a more thorough improv course take a look at our longer improv courses and also our longer weekend improv classes. www.hooplaimpro.com

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Elective: WILD WILD ZOOM with Deanna Fleysher
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This Open workshop runs Monday 14th September, 7pm - 9.30pm BST/GMT+1 Open - A class for anyone, regardless of their improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge. WILD WILD ZOOM a full-body onscreen comedy exploration. Pandemic or no pandemic, you still need to play, and play hard. This workshop will combine physicality for the camera, comedic cinematography and improv to create an onscreen space for you to collaborate with others, explore your onscreen joy and make satisfyingly oddball spontaneous art. This workshop is for improvisers, clowns, comedians, dancers, and anybody who wants to move their body, get real weird, and have fun with others onscreen. DEANNA FLEYSHER is an American immersive comedy artist, teacher and director. Inspired by clown, bouffon, improv, and physical theater, she cultivates comedy that is interactive, magnetic and brave. She used to tour with her award-winning solo show BUTT KAPINSKI, and popular Naked Comedy workshops. Now, she teaches on Zoom, stays at home and makes jello. She has taught online for many years and knows how to get the good stuff out of you. For more info, visit www.buttkapinski.com, and please check out her artist blog at nakedcomedy.blogspot.com. Min 4 participants, max 12.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] We Want Information impro workshop
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We Want Information impro workshop. Please note that we now start half an hour earlier at 7pm. Cost £7. Every Monday except Bank Holidays. Now in our eighth year.

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[8:00pm] Duck Duck Goose Improv jam
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Three top improv acts, plus YOU can play in two-person scenes and montages. Free show.

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