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2:00pm 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] Improv Drop Ins at the Nursery Training Centre
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These drop-in classes are weekly non-narrative longform drop-ins focused on a range of fun yet practical exercises to get the best out of your scenes. The sessions are open to all levels and, in addition to Scenework Fundamentals will cover a wide range of longform skills such as creative edits, sound and movement, group games, initiating with premise, tackling longer scenes, physicality, matching energy, organic transitions, playing to the top of your intelligence And much much more. 10 a session

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery 'Making a Show' Drop in class (London)
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Longform improv is a big sprawling beast. From improvised genre pieces to sketch shows and classic forms like the Armando and Harold, it can be anything which isnt explicitly directed by someone onstage. It is an infinitely rewarding and complex artform that is growing at an exponential rate in the UK. This drop in class delves into all of these lovely, complex, rich areas. Everything is relevant, useful and fun! Great longform means working with your team on a number of different levels filling scene after scene with interesting, fully-realised characters that care about each other while simultaneously (& largely wordlessly) shaping and directing the flow and structure of the larger show. Its about being writer and performer in the same moment, about playing as a team and making each other look good. Brilliant stuff. Very useful for improv and for life. Five stars. During these classes, you will explore a wide variety of techniques that can be used in any improvised show. These include: Working together as a team The importance of play Building a world supporting from on and offstage Common structural techniques such as edits, tags and transitions* Applying these skills to classic improv forms such as the Armando and Harold *Dont worry if this jargon means nothing to you. Thats what the course is for! This class is suitable for those who have done some improv before and are comfortable playing a scene without any game structure. If you are unsure if this class is the right level for you, email jules@thenurserytheatre.com with a summary of your experience.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery 'Making a scene' Drop in Class (London)
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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 jules@thenurserytheatre.com 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: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Intro to Narrative
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This Experienced intensive runs every evening from 26th to 30th October, 7 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. In this online course, you'll learn the core principles of Narrative Improv Skills. Creating fun, satisfying stories - but without getting caught up by the ‘plot monster'. You will use improv scenes to explore different narrative structures and ways of creating story and characters with a strong point of view. What can I expect? Narrative structures and exercises Protagonists, antagonists and what to do with them Scenes that serve your story Being obvious Putting it all together to create satisfying and exciting narratives for you and your audience

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Musical Improv
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This intermediate intensive runs every evening from Monday 26th to Friday 30th October, 7 pm-9.30 pm BST/GMT+1 Intermediate (3/6 months+): 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. Five evenings in a row of improvising musicals with two of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene, Heather Urquhart & Joe Samuel. You will have an opportunity to connect with people around the world and share community and laughter through Musical improvisation games and scenes. During this online intensive, 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.

Category: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Organic Harold
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This Experienced intensive runs every evening from 26th October to 30th October, 7.00pm-9.30pm 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. Intimidated by the cult of the ‘Harold’? Curious as to what the fuss is all about? Want to take a step into longform without losing the freewheeling fun? Or just looking for a way to brush up your longform skills? Why not spend six weeks on the organic Harold with Nursery founder Jules Munns? The basis of much longform improvisation, the ‘Harold’ is a 20-30 minute improvisation format composed of scenes and ‘games’ created fresh each time it is played. With its distinctive three-part structure, it gives a sense of coherence and unity to a show, but it is also flexible enough to change with the team, the night and content. It is an excellent training tool and sandpit to expand and improve your improvisational instincts. Once you know it, you will start to see elements of it everywhere on TV and film.

Category: Classes[7:30pm] Box of Frogs Drop-in Session
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Box of Frogs Weekly Drop-In Session at the St. Columba Church Hall in Moseley, Birmingham, B13

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[8:10pm] Shoot From The Hip! FREE SHOW
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Join Shoot From The Hip! for their long-running weekly residency at Covent Garden's prestigious Top Secret Comedy Club - and, as always, it's FREE! Never the same show twice, everything Shoot From The Hip! perform on stage is completely unrehearsed, unpredictable and unforgettable. You choose the scenes, you give the locations... no script - no limits! So bring anyone and everyone with you for a 100% FREE night of improvised chuckles right in the heart of London's West End at the Top Secret Comedy Club, Covent Garden! Recommended by the fine folks at The Metro and Londonist, and featured in TNT Magazine. Theyre brilliantOne to watch! - Charlene White, ITV "Extremely funny...Comedy doesn't get better than this" - N16 Magazine Great improv team - Jimmy Akingbola, BBCs Rev Pretty awesome guys - Chizzy Akudolu, BBCs Holby City "Great improv" - Vanessa Fraction, Def Comedy Jam Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8.15pm. Be there for 8 to guarantee entry! Cheap drinks (from 1.50!) + free laughs = good times. BE THERE! www.shootfromthehipcomedy.co.uk @ShootImpro

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