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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: Classes[7:00pm] The Nursery/Maydays Online Improv Intensive: Intro to Narrative
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
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
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: 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.