The Nursery & The Maydays Online Drop-Ins

In response to the unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus, The Nursery and The Maydays have moved our drop-in classes online through video conferencing tool Zoom.

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

The Nursery & The Maydays Online Improv Drop-in

Our online drop-in classes are slightly shorter than our normal drop-in classes, but still offer the same 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. The full schedule is below. Please note all times are in BST / GMT+1.

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.

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

Monday:

  • 10:00am to 11:00am BST/GMT+1
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Tuesday:

  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm BST/GMT+1
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Wednesday:

  • 10:00am to 11:00am BST/GMT+1
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Thursday:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1
  • 10:00pm to 12:00pm BST/GMT+1

Friday:

  • 10:00am to 11:00am BST/GMT+1
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm BST/GMT+1

Saturday:

  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm BST/GMT+1
  • 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

Friday:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm BST/GMT+1

Saturday:

  • 10:30pm to 12:30pm 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!

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?

Most classes have a limit of 12 participants, but our shorter morning classes have a limit of 20.

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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