online improv elective: IMprovising Songs in Genre

09sep7:30 pm9:30 pmonline improv elective: IMprovising Songs in GenreSold out! 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Details

Level: Experienced

Take your genre improv up to another level by adding in the magic of songs in character within scenes in genre. Imagine enhancing your geeky genre authenticity with a Victorian music hall number for Sherlock Holmes, or a regency style vocal duet between two rivals for the affections of a Mr-Darcy-a-like. Think how genre characters could express themselves more fully using modern musical forms: a Hamlet type’s ‘Prince of Denmark Blues’ or a Hermione-Granger-esque pop number. Consider how we can use song to better paint a picture to the audience through song to evoke scenes, backgrounds and worlds from genre – especially those which usually contain music.

This six-week course will be an extravaganza of song and genre and will give you an excellent grounding in using songs to give another dimension to your genre improv and characters.

This course is for you if you have some experience of scene work and narrative and love genre improvisation: we hope you will come along with some genres in mind that you would like to play with. We don’t need you to have had any musical improv experience or knowledge or to have a ‘good singing voice’ – we are experts in making this bit much easier than it looks! If you are nervous about this aspect then check out the reviews for our music drop-in classes (or even try one out yourself).

What to expect:

Getting your genre geek on: Explore using some song structure and musical styles which feel appropriate to specific genres to enhance how true to genre your improv can be.

Levelling up your genre characters: Create impressive-sounding, but easy to improvise songs in character which express emotion in a way it’s hard to do in dialogue

Building worlds with a whole new palette: Enjoy adding an extra level of detail and colour to our genre improvisation through music and song.

If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

This Experienced course runs Thursdays, 9th Sept- 14th Oct, 7.30 – 9.30 pm UK time zone.

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Experienced (12 months+) A class for skillful 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.

Scholarships and Bursaries:

We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:

Afford these courses

Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason

No set criteria

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(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Rebecca MacMillan is a founding member of The Maydays, and also plays with Impromptu Shakespeare, The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes and Steamed! The Improv Dickens Novel. She has been performing and teaching improvisation theatre in the UK and beyond for over 15 years.

Joe Samuel is the Director and Musical Director of The Maydays. He is a classically trained pianist and violinist and is one of only a handful of professional improviser musicians in the world. He has directed and played for a baffling array of improv troupes both in the UK and across Europe as well, as playing at IO in Chicago and being the musical director of Improv Festivals in Barcelona, Poland, Romania, Finland, Dublin and of course at the Maydays own festival.

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