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, Morning (1hr), Advanced, Music, LGBT+ . All classes are 2 hours except the Morning classes which are 1 hour, and all except Advanced are open to all experience levels from ‘nothing’ to ‘loads’!

We also run improv drop-ins for Kids & Teens (7-14), which are open to all abilities too!

Looking for full courses? Click here!

Want a specific elective? Over here!

Questions about online improv? Check out our FAQ!

Open Drop-in

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.

Times:

Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 3.30pm-5.30pm (great for beginners)

Morning Drop-in

These morning drop-ins are half the length and half the price of our regular online drop-in classes and will be a quick blast of improvised playtime and connection with others to kick off your day the right way. They are open to both beginners and more experienced improvisers.

Times:

Friday 10:00am-11:00am

Advanced

The Advanced Online Drop-Ins allow more experienced improvisers to concentrate on scene-work on Fridays/Sundays, and experiment with longform improvisation in the online space on Tuesdays, 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 (Tuesday sessions)

Times:

Tuesday (Longform specific): 7.30pm-9.30pm
Friday: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sunday: 3.30pm-5.30pm

Scenework

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.

Note: To attend this class, you must have completed the Nursery’s level 3 or equivalent training. If you wish to attend, please pop your details into this form.

You will be given a password that enables you to book.

Times:

Saturday 1pm-3.30pm

Music

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.

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

LGBT+

An improv class for the queer at heart, the LGBTQ+ drop-in puts the focus on you.

Explore your own improv style in a supportive environment, tell your own stories, see yourself and your community on stage front and centre. Each class will have a different skill focus to help everyone fill up their tool belt. Let’s use this time to grow an international queer improv community to nourish our creative souls!

Times:

Wednesday 7.30pm-9.30pm

Kids & Teens

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.

Meet the Kids & Teens teachers.

View our safeguarding policy.

Times:

Tuesday 2pm-3.15pm (7-10s)
Wednesday 2pm-3.15pm (11-14s)
Thursday 4.30pm-5.45pm (7-10s)

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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