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  Category: ClassesStory Starters – Writing from Improv
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A Mellow Sunday Writing Class using improvisation as its starting point About this Event Every Sunday afternoon from 13th September to 18th October, 1pm-3.30pm In this class, we’ll use improv as a jumping-off point for your creative writing. An opportunity for you to make yourself turn up, improvise, and write EVERY week. Inspiration will come from your own, and other people’s improv, and you’ll come out with ideas and starting points to pursue in your own time. It’s a buffet of writing genres, styles and techniques! Each week, we’ll look at a different aspect of writing, using improvisation exercises and scenes to inspire and develop ideas. The exercises we do on zoom, may be familiar to you, but we’ll be using them in a different way – like magpies – stealing what works, what we like and discarding what we don’t. Areas covered on this course include: Basic story arc and structure Ways to begin and the editor in the head Creating and building character Science fiction & the Fantastic (extraordinary/ordinary) History & Biography Audience and Who’s Telling the Story? You don’t have to have knowledge of any of these subjects, just turn up, play, and get some words on paper. Any form of writing is fine: prose, poetry, or something performative. Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to send in a piece of writing for peer review (using constructive and positive guidelines), should you so choose. Who’s this for? Improvisers who write, or want to write, but need a butt-kick Who’s teaching it? Jenny Rowe (The Maydays / Impromptu Shakespeare)

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 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[10:30am] The Nursery/Maydays Online Musical Improv Drop-In
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Improvisation is a fantastic way to connect with people and can help us to keep perspective and balance in these challenging and confusing times, as well as helping with creativity and confidence. Your Sunday Musical joy ride is here! Two hours of Musical improv fun - no experience necessary! Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene. You will have an opportunity to connect with people around the world and share community and laughter through Musical improvisation games and scenes. During these online drop-ins, you’ll be introduced to the core skills of melody and lyrics, rhyming and choruses, leading to the ability to create songs on any topic right there. In a supportive and nurturing environment, you’ll see how to fit songs into scenes and perform with flair and commitment. Please note this class will involve some solo singing. Our online drop-ins are open to anyone from experienced players to absolute beginners. The atmosphere is accessible and non-judgemental while still providing the right level of challenge for those who want to push themselves.


Category: Classes[11:00am] Drop in - Norwich
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Drop in - Norwich




Category: Classes[1:00pm] 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 via our webiste

Category: Classes[1:00pm] The Nursery/The Maydays Shortform Improv 6 week Course
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Learn the core principles of Shortform Improvisation About this Event: Every Sunday afternoon from 6th September to 11th October, 1pm-3pm Tired of the same-old same-old when it comes to improv games? Wondering how you can jump into your scenes quicker? Our shortform course is exactly the tonic you need. The move into online formats has changed the way we rehearse and perform, but it also brings some fantastic new opportunities. We’ll make the most of these, with fun new games and challenging exercises developed especially for online play. There’ll also be a chance to revisit some old classics, and find new ways of making them really fire in today’s world. Over six weeks we’ll hone the skills to launch into your scenes with whole-hearted commitment, so there’s less exposition and more play. We’ll give you techniques and tips that will make your scenes soar. And we’ll show how all these can serve you equally well in longform pieces. Discover the joy of replay scenes, and the exhilaration of throwing yourself into the middle. Never be stuck on the sidelines again.

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3:00pm Category: Classes[3:30pm] 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 via our webiste

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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: Shows[8:00pm] Dinner and a Movie - with Genre Claude Van Damme
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Share some of your best worst dating stories to inspire something even more embarrassing - long form improv. And after that The Movie! See everything you'd expect from a movie improvised live on stage -- dramatic camera angles, tense editing, high-flying action sequences and tender denouement. Never-before-seen movies created from audience suggestions that span every era, every style, and every genre, but never with 3D glasses. There will also be a jam if anyone in the audience feels the desire to participate. FREE.

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