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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] The Nursery/Maydays Improv Drop In Class
Description:
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[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Elective: They'll never believe you anyway
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This intermediate elective runs Wednesday 14th October, 7 - 9.30pm BST. Great scenes are at the heart of great improvisation. So let’s spend some real time on them. Ideal accompaniments to the nursery longform or narrative courses, these classes are deep-dives into particular areas of scenework. They are also great workouts for intermediate or experienced players. Our expert teachers will give you simple, usable tools that can be employed in a wide variety of improvisation contexts. Students will work in detail on a single aspect of their scenes, receive feedback and, most importantly, get time to play, both in break out rooms and in front of the class. When we are improvising, we are not just the actor, playwright and director, we are also the source for the material. Whether we are aware of it or not, our scenes are shot through with our own experiences, reactions and opinions, our characters often versions of ourselves behind what Del Close called a ‘thin veil’. In this class, you will have the opportunity to concentrate on this skill. To use your own stories and experiences, not just as inspiration, but as the material of your scene, weaving in and out of reality and fiction. Come pass the truth off as lies, and vice versa.

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] 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

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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