The Nursery & The Maydays Online Drop-Ins

Check out our online drop-in classes!

Book as and when you like if a full course isn’t your thing right now, and choose from Open, Scenework and Music. All classes are 2 hours except the Scenework classes which are 2.5 hours, and all except Scenework are open to all experience levels from ‘nothing’ to ‘loads’!

Looking for full courses? Click here!

Want a specific elective? Over here!

Questions about online improv? Check out our FAQ!

Please note:

– Class links are sent 2 hours before a class.

– The minimum participants to run a class is 4, and with the current situation we cannot always guarantee we will have enough to run a class.  If your drop-in is cancelled, you will be notified about an hour before the class.

– If you have any difficulty with your class link and cannot get in to a session, please contact us through The Nursery Facebook messenger, as this is instant and teachers will be checking before class (emails may not reach us in time).

Open Drop-in

Level: Open

Open online drop-ins 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.

Open – A class for anyone, regardless of their improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.

Times:

Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm

Scenework

Level: Experienced

A smaller drop in for more experienced improvisers, our scenework drop-in focuses on the essentials of great scenework to help you make scenes that are easy to play and scintillating to watch. It will get you accustomed to playing scenes online and keep you fit for life after lockdown. Centering on side-coaching and personal feedback, this class draws on a variety of styles and techniques to enrich and deepen your understanding of how scenes work. This class is a deep dive class for those looking to improve their scenework fast and have fun while they are doing it.

With a maximum of 8 attendees, classes are normally run by Jules Munns. Jules performs with the Maydays and Impromptu Shakespeare, as well as being one half of Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. He has performed and taught across the world, from Finland to Pakistan, Malawi to Canada. He creates improv blogs and podcasts and performs online for the Nursery.

Experienced (18 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.

Times:

Saturday 1pm-3.30pm

Music

Level: Open

Two hours of improvising musicals with some of the most experienced teachers on the improv scene. You will have an opportunity to connect with people around the world and share community and laughter through Musical improvisation games and scenes.

During these online drop-ins, you’ll be introduced to the core skills of melody and lyrics, rhyming and choruses, leading to the ability to create songs on any topic right there. In a supportive and nurturing environment, you’ll see how to fit songs into scenes and perform with flair and commitment.

Please note this class will involve some solo singing.

Open: A class for anyone, regardless of improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.

This is a wide ability class, but if you’ve never done musical improv feel free to contact us at classes@thenurserytheatre.com.

Times:

Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm / 6pm-8pm (check Eventbrite for details)

Corporate

Level: Open

The Maydays / The Nursery online business improv drop-in is an OPEN group programme, allowing you to book a place as an individual, without needing to form a group in your own company.

Whilst there are lots of benefits from our custom improv for business programmes, sometimes, you might just want to stretch your improv muscles amongst strangers. You can skill-up, tinker with your comfort zone and have some space to laugh and let go without worrying about who’s looking.

It doesn’t much matter whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the MD of an SME, or a mild-mannered janitor. Once you get in the room, everyone is equal, and everyone is supportive. It also doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself to be an introvert or an extrovert.

Improv for business: programme contents

The business improv drop-in is universally accessible. You do not need any previous experience of improvisation, you don’t need acting skills, you don’t need to sing or be funny. If you have some of those skills already, you’re equally welcome, as long as you remember this is not about solo acts.

Instead, using our extensive experience of improvisation in corporate settings, we build unimaginable levels of trust, collaboration, teamwork and communication. That alone may inspire you to take the spirit of improv back to your respective organisation, but there’s more. You will also find yourself free of judgement and with your inner critic firmly silenced. We create an online space where you reconnect with your inner child, be spontaneous, think on the spot, make stuff up and laugh, a lot.

Every programme is CPD accredited, so the points can count towards your personal development or annual training plan.

Improv drop-in outcomes

Each session we run will include exercises to develop:

– Self-confidence and interpersonal skills

– Ability to make strong decisions in real-time

– Group collaboration and teamwork

– Presentation and communication skills

– Agility and free-thinking

– Active listening skills and concentration

– Positive attitudes to being out of your comfort zone

– You can be safe in the knowledge of your own improv brilliance, but for your organisation to benefit when you’re back in the office or working remotely, you need to be able to adapt in the moment to the unexpected, without it throwing you off course.

Who is this class suitable for?

This class is intended for people working in a business setting, regardless of position on the pay scale. Whilst many of the participants will be business owners, executives, leaders and managers from all backgrounds, no one will feel out of place. Our trainers all have hundreds of hours experience facilitating online.

Open: A class for anyone, regardless of improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.

Times:

Wednesday at 1pm and 3.30pm

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 classes have a limit of 12 participants, but our Electives range from 6 to 8 to 12 participants.

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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