Mastering Genres Improv Course

05sep5:00 pm7:00 pmMastering Genres Improv Course5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Details

Level: Advanced

Key information: 

Date & time: 12 weeks. Thursday’s from 5th September, 5pm-7pm UK TIME

Online course

Level: Advanced (3 years+ Experience)

Taught by: Jonah Fazel, Avril Poole & Dan Starkey

Minimum participants 6, maximum participants 12.

What to expect: 

Doctor Who is one of the longest-running TV science fiction programmes in the world; having enthralled audiences with the good Doctor’s thrilling – and often bizarre – adventures in time and space for nearly 60 years. Given the vast potential for stories to be set anywhere in any historical period, these workshops will explore some common themes and narrative formats useful for improvising within the vast scope the Doctor Who universe affords.

There’s really only one name you need to know when it comes to creating that classic Murder Mystery, and that’s Agatha Christie, from Hercule Poroit to Miss Marple- you’ll not only uncover the tricks to playing in this genre in-depth but spend time developing your own Agatha Christie characters from the age of glamour; replete with red herrings, and very well kept moustaches. 

The ultimate wish fulfilment genre- coming of age. You’ll feel like an American Beauty and as Pretty in Pink as you blow out your sixteen candles. Just so long as you have your best friends to Stand By Me, it’s gonna be an amazing Ferris Buellers day off, so let’s all go to The Breakfast Club. 

Caryll Churchill is a modern British playwright. In this workshop, we will delve into her playful theatrical style to tackle important themes of power, feminism and social issues.

Warning: this course may be bigger on the inside than the outside.

What will be covered:

Narrative forms: For instance; alternative narration styles, letter writing, structure, explore various storytelling modes and narrative steering techniques.

Explore genre-specific ways of pushing the story forward and editing.

World building & scene painting

Make clear and true to genre characters, and provide them with style-specific wants, choices and obstacles.

Establish ways to succinctly communicate your ‘in world’ choices using characteristics, discuss how to disentangle troublesome stereotypes from useful character types.

Form specific lexicon and accents

Cinematography and theatrical staging

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About the level:

Advanced (3years+) 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. 

Whatever the level of ability required, all of our classes are safe, supportive environments led by our experienced teachers. Please email us if you are unsure whether a class is suitable for you. If you sign up for a class inappropriate to your level the Nursery/Maydays reserved the right to remove you from the class without refund.


(Sunday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Jonah Fazel is a veteran Character Actor, Theatre-maker, Television presenter and one of the UK’s most prominent improvisers, with over 15 years of performing and coaching experience. He trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and in multiple improvisational styles. He is the lecturer of improvisation at The University of Creative Arts, The Bridge Theatre Training Company and teaches at many UK drama schools and improv companies.

As a facilitator, he specialises in character, narrative, and acting skills. He can be seen on stage in the UK in Bumper Blyton, on screen in BAFTA winning History Bombs and on Youtube in Improtoons- an animated improv cartoon series.

Dan Starkey is an actor and improviser whose credits include Doctor Who, Class Dismissed and Inside No. 9 (BBC), and nationwide touring with The 39 Steps and The Fitzrovia Radio Hour. He has worked extensively on radio and audio, for BBC Radio 4, Audible and Big Finish Productions, for whom he has written several Doctor Who audio adventures.

He has trained as an improviser with the Spontaneity Shop and Monkey Toast, and performs regularly with Bumper Blyton. He has also taken part in several improvisation marathons, appearing in Liverpool’s 33-hour show, as well as the London 50 hour Improvathons.

Avril Poole is an improviser and actress. She has been performing improv for over a decade including such groups as; Upstairs Downton, improvised period drama which enjoyed sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, and Carmen: The Improvised Film Noir. Avril is with the long running group LadyProv who host a Character, Sketch and Improv night. She created the improv groups, Moments In Time and Blend Off. Avril is also part of The Improvised Play, directed by Stephen Davidson. They have performed Love and Misinformation, an improvised Caryl Churchill, and The Glass Imaginary, an improvised Tennessee Williams. Avril has run improv workshops with The Playful Edge, Devised Works, Impromiscuous, The Nursery online electives, as well as independent workshops.

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