The Nursery & The Maydays Online Drop-Ins

Improvisation is a fantastic way to connect with people and can help us to keep perspective and balance in these challenging and confusing times, as well as helping with creativity and confidence.

In these classes, we are taking improv exercises, scenes and games online as well as creating new online exercises in our daily research and development sessions.

Read our blog on the Unexpected delights of Online Improv

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The Nursery & The Maydays Online Improv Drop-in

Our online drop-in classes offer a combination of pair and group work, challenge and fun. In these classes, you will practise the skills of building, agreement, emotional expression and creativity. You will have an opportunity to connect with people around the world and share community and laughter through improvisation games and scenes.

These classes are energetic and playful, and each one is different, offering an opportunity to play and grow in challenging times.

Who is it for?

Our online drop-ins are open to anyone from experienced players to absolute beginners. The atmosphere is accessible and non-judgemental while still providing the right level of challenge for those who want to push themselves.

When do they take place?

We have classes at a variety of different times to suit different schedules and time zones. Please note all times are in BST / GMT+1. Full schedule >>

What if I have never improvised before?

That’s no problem! These drop-ins are open to all levels and improvisers are very friendly people; though our Saturday class at 3.30pm is specifically catered to beginners* and would be a perfect place to start.

If you’re ready to dive in, check out our 6 week Beginners’ course here!

How much are they?

Our standard two hour classes are just £10, and our shorter one hour morning classes are just £5. As we are offering free tickets to those who are unable to afford them, we are also offering an option to buy a place for yourself and a place for someone less able to afford it.

PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE CORRECT DATE FROM THE DROP DOWN BOX WHEN FOLLOWING THE BOOKING LINK AS THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

Dates and Times

Tuesday:

  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm BST/GMT+1

Wednesday:

  • 8:30pm to 10:30pm BST/GMT+1

Thursday:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Friday:

  • 10:00am to 11:00am BST/GMT+1

Saturday:

  • 3:30pm to 5:30pm* BST/GMT+1 (Perfect for beginners)

Sunday:

  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm BST/GMT+1

NB. Please make sure you select the correct date and time you want from the drop down selection box on the booking form before buying your ticket!

The Nursery & The Maydays Advanced Online Improv Drop-In

These classes allow more experienced improvisers to continue to hone their skills and play with people from around the world.

The Advanced Online Drop-In will concentrate on scene-work and experiment with longform improvisation in the online space, transferring the skills we have gained in the classroom and performing online and playing with what the technology has to offer.

Classes will be responsive to the players present, but the material covered may include:

  • Side-coached and longer scenes
  • Character and point of view
  • Editing
  • Theme
  • Pattern and game
  • Longform formats

Who is it for?

The Advanced classes are designed for those with at least a year of regular improv practice. If you are unsure if they are for you, why not try an open drop-in first, or email classes@thenurserytheatre.com with a summary of your experience.

How much are they?

Our two hour classes are just £10. As usual we are offering free tickets to those who are unable to afford them, we are also offering an option to buy a place for yourself and a place for someone less able to afford it.

PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE CORRECT DATE FROM THE DROP DOWN BOX WHEN FOLLOWING THE BOOKING LINK AS THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

Dates and Times

Tuesday:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Friday:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Sunday:

  • 3:30pm to 5:30pm BST/GMT +1

NB. Please make sure you select the correct date and time you want from the drop down selection box on the booking form before buying your ticket!

The Nursery & The Maydays Kids/Teen Online Improv Drop-In

Need a little break from home-schooling? Want to give your kids the opportunity to connect with other young people in a creative way? Do they need to laugh and let loose a little? Then sign them up for our online improv drop-in for kids & teens!

Improvisation is a fantastic way to stay creative, active, and have some fun with other people the same age (though we are sure you are hilarious too).

Improvisation means young people get to make up their own hilarious stories and scenes, with fun improv games that let the imagination run wild – and all this from your own living room! Improv helps improve confidence, creativity, social skills – plus it’s a lot of fun. We’ve already had hundreds of adults laughing and connecting with others all over the world in our online sessions, and now we are so excited to be able to offer the same to young people.

Who are the teachers?

Our kids & teens improv teachers are some of the top improvisers around who have been performing and teaching for many years around the UK and at international improv festivals.

They are: Jennifer Jordan (The Maydays/Impromptu Shakespeare), Jenny Rowe , (The Maydays/Impromptu Shakespeare), Stephen Davidson (Improvable/The Improvised Play), Lucy Fennell (Impromptu Shakespeare), Francesca Reid (Dreamweaver Quartet), Audra Goffeney (Slice of Society) and Victoria Hogg (The Offer Bank / DDG Improv).

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How much are they?
These 75-minute classes are just £8. As usual, we are offering free tickets to those who are unable to afford them, we are also offering an option to buy a place for your own young person and a place for someone less able to afford it. If you are unable to afford the classes right now but want to come and play, simply email classes@thenurserytheatre.com with the time slot/age group you wish to join and we’ll sign you up!

PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE *CORRECT DATE AND AGE GROUP * FROM THE DROP DOWN BOX WHEN FOLLOWING THE BOOKING LINK AS THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

Please note that the Nursery cannot refund tickets after purchase.

Please also note that classes start on time and if you are more than 10 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.

Dates and Times

All classes are divided into age groups, so participants will be with other kids/teens just like them:

Tuesdays 2pm-3.15pm are for ages 7-10 year olds

Wednesdays 2pm-3.15pm are for ages 11-14 year olds

Thursdays 4.30pm-5.45pm are for ages 15 – 18 year olds

NB. Please make sure you select the correct date and time you want from the drop down selection box on the booking form before buying your ticket!

FAQs

Who teaches these classes?

All classes are taught by experienced members of The Nursery and The Maydays teaching staff. The schedule changes weekly and the teacher names will be published on Social Media (subject to change.)

How do I join an online class?

An hour before your class starts, you will receive an email to the address you gave when you bought your ticket. Just click the link ten minutes before class starts and Zoom will do the rest.

What if I lose my connection or freeze?

We should be able to solve most minor technological mishaps, but if the internet is not your friend that day, we can easily move you to another class. Just email classes@thenurserytheatre.com

How many people will be in the class?

Our standard adult classes have a limit of 12 participants, the shorter morning classes have a limit of 20, and the Kids/Teen classes have a limit of 10.

What if I haven’t used Zoom before?

Your teacher will take you through the programme at the start of your class, and will make sure that everybody can use the functions they need.

Please note:

  • The Nursery cannot refund tickets after purchase.
  • The minimum age for these classes is 18.
  • Classes start on time and if you are more than 15 minutes late without letting us know, you may not be able to join the class, as you will have missed warmups.
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