Improv Workshops

Online Drop in workshops

In response to the unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus, The Nursery and The Maydays are moving their joint improvisation classes online with immediate effect. We believe improvisation is a very useful way to connect with people and can help us to keep perspective and balance in these challenging and confusing times. We want to continue offering people this, even if the medium is slightly changed.

These online drop in classes classes are slightly shorter and cheaper than our normal drop in classes, but still offer the same combination of pair and group work, and are still open to both beginners and more experienced improvisers.

If you’d like fully online, multiple week courses, fill out this form and let us know!

When and how much?

£10 per class; Every day of the week, including weekends!

NB There are various class times, so please double check the date and time you’d like to book in the drop-down list when purchasing.

We also have spaces in each class allocated for those in financial difficulty, if that’s you please email to book a free spot (subject to availability).

How do I join an online class?

There is simply a link for you to click, which will be included in your booking summary email once you’ve bought your place.

Is there an FAQ for how online classes work?

Yes! Right here

*classes are limited to 12 students and no guarantee is made of a place if you do not book.

Please note:

  • The Nursery cannot refund tickets after purchase. The minimum age for all Nursery classes is 18.
  • Classes start on time and if you are more than 30 minutes late without letting us know, you may not be able to join the class, as you will have missed warm-ups. This is at the teacher’s discretion.
  • You will need to check the date and title of this event carefully as we are unable to issue any refunds except in case of cancellation by the Nursery.

Dates and Times

Monday to Friday:

  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm GMT
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm GMT

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm GMT
  • 3:30pm to 5:30pm GMT
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm GMT


Booking your drop-in

Click the booking button below.

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!

Level 1 Improv Taster Workshop

This taster session is a great introduction to improvisation, giving you a fun 2.5 hours to try it out with fellow curious beginners!

Guided by an experienced member of the Nursery team, you will work on the core skills of improvisation through warm-ups, exercises and finally in guided scenes in front of the rest of the class.

This workshop is a friendly, accessible environment in which to have fun, create stories and characters and maybe even learn a little. Coffee, tea and biscuits provided. (Minimum age 18)

Drop in workshops

A very relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere which allowed everyone to learn from each other. Lots of fun!

Join us for an afternoon or evening of improvisation fun! We will be working on the skills at the heart of improvisation, such as listening, making offers and committing to your choices.

Each week you will…

  • Become more confident and relaxed, taking more risks and feeling more creative and liberated.
  • Learn the attitudes and ideas that make improvisation work.
  • Find these things translating into your everyday life.
  • Become more confident with people, more creative in your work and better able to respond to stress.
  • Develop a little further into improvisation, meeting new people and working with different teachers.

Every class is stand alone, so you can come along to one, or be there every week!

The drop-in is a wide ability class, so everyone is welcome!

It is ideal for people trying improvisation for the first time, or more experienced players who want to work on core skills. The atmosphere is accessible, fun and non-judgemental and you will find yourself doing things you never thought you could.

A great place to spend a fun Saturday afternoon with a great bunch of people and learn improv from some of the best teachers in the country.

Only £15 every Wednesday, 7-9:30pm and Saturday, 1-3:30pm.

Pre-book and guarantee yourself a place at drop-in as classes are limited to just 16 per drop-in. You’ll receive a loyalty card when you pre-book and your 7th drop-in will be FREE!

*Please note that the Nursery cannot refund tickets after purchase.

Please check the date and title of this event carefully as we are unable to issue any refunds except in case of cancellation. Please also note that classes start on time and if you are more than 30 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.

Scenework Workout

A small-class drop in for more experienced improvisers, ‘Scenework Workout’ focuses on the essentials of great scenework to help you make scenes that are easy to play and scintillating to watch. Featuring a different skill each week, as well as side coaching and personal feedback, Scenework Workout is recommended for those who have completed the Nursery’s levels 1-3 or equivalent training (a year or so of regular, structured practise). This class does not restrict itself to a particular methodology, but draws on all of the training and skills of Nursery teachers to help enrich and deepen your understanding of how scenes really work. Making Scenes is a deep dive class for those looking to improve their scenework fast and have fun while they are doing it.

Skills taught include:

  • Acting skills and stagecraft
  • Emotional release
  • Character and point of view
  • Connection to your partner
  • Vocal and physical transformation
  • Game of the scene
  • Heightening
  • The psychology of performance and flow
  • Storytelling
  • Points of change

With a maximum of 12 attendees, Scenework Workout is run by some of the Nursery’s most experienced teachers, including members of the Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare and the Showstoppers. Different each week, it’s a workout for your scenework.

Note: To attend this class, you must have completed the Nursery’s level 3 or equivalent. If you wish to attend, please email with a summary of your experience. You will be given a password that enables you to book.

Elective Workshops

These one off workshops are broadly aimed at improvisers with some experience, taught by a host of teachers, often visiting international teachers.

These classes explore specialised formats, concepts and styles of improv, and are great for expanding your knowledge after becoming practised at the basics of improv.

These workshops always sell out fast, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Women’s Workshops

Women’s workshops are an open and supportive creative space for women and non-binary people of all ages and experience levels.

These workshops run once a month, and they are stand-alone, so you can book one or come along every time. Each workshop is taught by a different teacher and focuses on a specific area of improvisation, and we have some exciting people lined up over the coming months!

QI – Queer Improv

Come and join in at this open playday with QI, London’s first* queer improv group. It’ll be a fun afternoon of scene work and storytelling. Something that is really fun in improv is play that makes no assumptions about anybody’s identity or beliefs. Come along and play with a fun group of people who see you as yourself.

Open workshops every two months! Everybody is welcome to come and play! Always free!

*as far as we’re aware!