Online Improv Elective: Very simple stories

20feb4:00 pm6:30 pmOnline Improv Elective: Very simple stories4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Level: intermediate

The Nursery/Maydays longform electives are classes on specific aspects of longform improvisation Some of these classes focus on skills and some on forms, some on narrative ideas and some on Chicago-style longform. In these classes, students will have the opportunity to play side coached longform sets with particular focuses and feedback from the teacher.

Some stories are epic, complex and rich. They have multiple strands, rich themes and twists and turns. But some stories are simple and easy. Like the three little pigs, Jurassic Park or beauty and the beast. These are stories where simplicity is the heart of the appeal. They do not mess around but give us exactly what we want and we love them for it. In this workshop, you will work on making stories that are so simple, they are barely even there. You will think about the moral of the story and how to undercut and play with it.

Workshop includes:

Starting and ending stories

Giving the character what they want (or not)

The moral of the story

Min. participants 6, max. 8. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

This intermediate elective runs Saturday 20th February, 4 – 6.30 pm GMT

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.

NB: Our electives frequently sell out, but do not despair if this class has. You have not missed your shot. If enough people join the waiting list, we are often able to put the same class on a few days after or in parallel. So if you were excited, join up and we will be in touch.


(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm GMT


Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London.

He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He teaches for Hoopla Impro and serves as one of the artistic directors of The Nursery Theatre.

Chris improvises with Project2 and The Maydays and has recently co-founded Sonder, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form.

He also hosts YesBot, a podcast dedicated to the theory and craft of improv (but with added exploding robots)


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