The Nursery Summer Intensive

Upgrade your improv and improve your summer with the Nursery Summer Intensive, a week of cooperation, exploration and laughter. Come spend five days building your team and your skills at the Nursery Training Centre in London Bridge.

The Nursery’s style of improv empowers the improviser. We give you the skills to play the scenes you want to play, when and how you want to play them. We combine freewheeling joy with gentle, connected play. Learn to delight your partner by looking after yourself.

During this intensive, you will spend four hours a day with two of the Nursery’s most experienced improvisers and teachers, learning new skills and receiving close personal feedback. You will heighten your skills and work on your weaknesses, as well as being introduced to editing and idea creation techniques from the famous Harold. Towards the end of the week, you will work on a montage form, creating the form of the show as you go.

After the course, participants will find that they are more confident, fluid and easy onstage. You will have a new set of skills which help both onstage and off.

Syllabus includes:

  • Working supportively in a group
  • Effortlessly generating ideas
  • Playing and returning to rich and detailed characters
  • Connecting with your partner
  • Using what is already there in the scene

This course takes place over five days from 11am to 4pm at the Nursery training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £215 or £185 if you book a month or more before. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid. If you would like to reserve a place with a non-refundable deposit and pay the rest later, email jules@thenurserytheatre.com. 

The Nursery summer intensive is for improvisers who have some experience and are looking to improve and deepen their skills in scene work and longform improvisation. If you are unsure whether this is the course for you, or have any questions drop us an email on jules@thenurserytheatre.com outlining your experience.

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Teachers

Heather Urquhart

Heather trained in Physical Theatre but after graduation started her lifelong affair with improv joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson in 2004 and has been with the Maydays since 2006.
She has co-written a book on the subject of musical improv called ‘Sing it!’ and has a series of associated podcasts. Heather is also part of a two person improv team with Jules Munns. Their show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ is a multi-character longform improv show around the theme of love which they took to the Improvised Play Festival in Austin Texas April 2013. Heather is winner of Foghorn’s UK Improv Smackdown 2013 and winner of The Latest Brighton Festival and Fringe awards Best female performer 2013. She compliments her improv career with acting, sketch comedy and singing. She has been a performer with Brighton’s satirical comedy sketch company The Treason Show since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade.

Jules Munns

Jules is one of the UK’s most active and prolific improvisation performers and teachers. Since graduating from the Guildhall School in 2008, he has performed with groups including Silly String Theory, Sitting in a Tin Can, the Maydays, Music Box and Impromptu Shakespeare. His two-person show Ten Thousand Million Love Stories has toured the UK and Jules has performed in theatres and at festivals around the world including in Finland, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the US. Jules is co-artistic director of the Nursery and the founder of Slapdash International, London’s longest running festival of improvisation. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Nursery and has trained with teachers including Keith Johnstone, Patti Stiles, Mick Napier, Joe Bill, Rich and Rebecca Sohn, Jason Chin, David Razowsky and TJ Jagodowsky.

 

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  1. Tig Land

    I am very interested in your Summer School beginning on August 27th. I have a couple of questions…

    What will the maximum number in the group be and what would be the minimum number of participants please?

    What does the “connecting with your partner” in the syllabus mean please?

    Does the four hours a day include a lunch break or do we work straight through?

    Thank you!

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      The Nursery

      Sure! There will be between 8 and 14 people in each group (it will be in all likelihood a single group) and the class will run 11-4 with an hour for lunch in the middle, so it’s four hours plus lunch. As for connecting with your partner, it about feeling the emotions in the scene together and responding honestly to what is there. I hope that helps!

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