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  Category: ClassesOnline Longform Level 1 Course
The Maydays and The Nursery are delighted to announce new six week courses focussing specifically on online improv. About this Event Building on a decade and a half of improv experience, The Maydays and The Nursery have been experimenting with online improv daily since the lockdown began and are now looking to share this knowledge. We are excited by the possibilities that the online space opens up and want to make work that is natively online, rather than a pale copy of the offline art form. These classes will be opportunities to both expand your improv skills and connect with people from across the world, to share a laugh in challenging circumstances and build a valuable new improv skill. Playing Longform Improv Online Designed for experienced players (with a minimum of eighteen months experience), these classes will examine how online longform is becoming its own art form. Players will learn to work with the technology and use the international nature of online improv to create something based in offline improv, but joyfully innovative. These courses will be based on our ongoing R&D into online improv and will examine: – Playing in different locations and styles, all with a fixed camera – Using theme, thesis and callbacks to create natural, unpressurised structure – Creating group games and scenes using, rather than ignoring the lag – Clearly and concisely editing, linking and returning to scenes These courses will run 6 weeks in an online zoom room – Please note our last class sold out in 24 hours so it’s best to book asap! About these classes: Classes will be conducted on Zoom. See below for our FAQ about improvising online. Classes are capped at 12 participants and will run strictly to time. All times are UK local FAQ HERE All sales are final

7:00pm [7:00pm] Online Improv Class with Monkey Toast's David Shore
This is a 6-week course, 2 hours per class, focusing on scene work, how to organically start and build a scene, how to improvise online (online tag-outs, sweeps, space-work, and more), characters, and how to keep your improv fresh. The course will be conducted online via Zoom, so you must have either a computer or tablet with a camera and high speed internet. This is a not a beginner’s class, you must be able to do stand alone scenes and have experience with editing and tag outs to take part. Dates: Thursdays, staring on October 15th end ending on November 19th Time: 7-9pm BST Cost: £60, payable via PayPal (or bank transfer if you have a Canadian bank account). Class size: Max of 8 To sign up to the class, please email David at and he will then send you payment details. Also please email him if you have any questions. Who is David Shore? David Shore is an alumnus of the Second City Mainstage in Toronto and the IO West in Los Angeles where he was a player coach for four years. A thirteen-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee and two-time winner, David is also the founder of the 6-time CCA winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show and was its host for 7 years before relocating to London, UK in 2010. While living London from 2010-17, David founded and was the artistic director of Monkey Toast UK, which trained over 700 students. He as over 20 years experience as an improviser and as an instructor. He taught at the Second City Training Centre from 2001-06, the Bad Dog Theatre (Toronto) from 2004-10. Here’s what some former students have to say about taking classes with David: “When I first discovered improv, I took every class I could. But the one that always stands out in my memory was David Shore's class. This class was much sought after and always sold out. And once I took it, I could see why. David has a passion for improv that is infectious. His ability to offer notes and suggestions to up your improv game is second to none. His enthusiasm, experience and thoughtful direction make his class one you don't want to miss. I would highly recommend anyone either starting out in improv or looking for a fresh perspective, to work with David.” - Lauren Ash, 2-time Canadian Comedy Award Winner for Best Female Improviser, Alumna of both Toronto and Chicago’s Second City Mainstage, currently starring on NBC’s Superstore. “David is a relaxed yet instructional teacher, and creates a very safe space in his workshops so that you are encouraged to push yourself while learning. His notes are very helpful, he is especially talented at spotting what is holding one back (confidence in decisions/character/space work) and forcing you to confront those areas which you find hardest. This means that students might occasionally find classes difficult, but all will finish each level an improved improviser. Plus it’s loads of fun.” – Sara Pascoe, comedian/actress/author, Live at the Apollo, 2012, QI, Out of Her Mind, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, author of Animal & Sex Power Money. “Quite possibly the best improv eye in Toronto.” – Rob Baker, Alumnus, The Second City Mainstage. “We took each and every one of David’s classes and had a wonderful, instructive time. Say 'yes and' to a David Shore class. You won't regret it.” – Max Olesker & Ivan Gonzalez, aka, Max & Ivan, Winners Fosters Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award, 2011, Nominated, Best Show at Edinburgh Fringe, 2013, and Melbourne Comedy Festival, 2013, Radio 4’s Casebook of Max & Ivan. “Every student of improv needs a class with David Shore. Not only is he knowledgeable and insightful but he’s honest and will get to the heart of your improv issues. I am a better improviser because of his classes.” – Jan Caruana, 2009 & 2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Improviser and Alumna, The Second City Mainstage. “I can’t recommend David Shore’s improv course enough. David is committed to and passionate about making you a better improviser. I love MCing with a passion, and felt I’d come on leaps and bounds while doing David’s course, such is his ability to draw out that something extra you possibly thought/hoped/prayed was in there somewhere. I’ve even ended up working on projects with people I met on the course, so even when it’s over it’s never really over.” – James Gill, Comedian, MC/Producer of Always Be Comedy. “David is a great instructor. His notes and his clear set of goals plus his experience in improvisation will definitely help you grow. Studying with David will make you a better improviser.”– Adam Cawley, 2014 Canadian Comedy Award winner for best Male Improver, Alumnus, The Second City Mainstage, co-host of The Backline – An Improv Podcast.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery 'Making a scene' Drop in Class (London)
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 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: Shows[7:00pm] Thursday Night Lights - The Nursery Improv Jam
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] The Maydays / Nursery Online Improv Drop-In
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
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.