We wanted to find directors with drive and vision and give them everything they needed to create improvised theatre of ever greater scope and diversity.
We periodically open applications for Nursery Original shows. Applications aren’t open at the moment, check back soon or follow us on social media to be notified when you can apply.
The Nursery Theatre will be putting on two more Digital Originals in the first months of 2021. Following the tremendous success of A Culinary Journey, we're looking for
The Nursery Theatre will be putting on two more Digital Originals in the first months of 2021. Following the tremendous success of A Culinary Journey, we’re looking for two more directors to rehearse and present a digitally-native improv show during our regular Saturday night streaming presentations. The show can be any format that you can imagine – from an improvised interactive escape room to stories told only through soundscapes and cuddly toys and everything in between those opposite poles of theatrical potentiality.
SHOW 1 will perform on Sat 16th, 30th January and 6th February 2021
SHOW 2 will perform on Sat 20th February and 6th, 13th March 2021
Rehearsals will be negotiated with the successful applicants subject to Zoom room availability. We suggest you meet with your cast for at least 4 rehearsals before performing but we are flexible as to the eventual schedule. We’ll also help you to publicise and run your auditions online. For now, please email email@example.com with your name and your idea for the show (keep it to 400 words max). One idea per applicant and let us know which show slots you can do. The successful shows will be picked by a panel of Nursery teachers and staff. Thanks for reading and feel free to point any questions to the above email address too. Good luck!
The Deadline for applications is noon GMT on December 6th and we’ll let applicants know by 9th December.
(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm GMT
Level: Advanced Tired of jumping from course to course? Looking to build an ensemble and perform with a stable set of improvisers? Our teaching teams
Tired of jumping from course to course? Looking to build an ensemble and perform with a stable set of improvisers? Our teaching teams are a 12 week combination of class and rehearsal, each culminating in three performances on Friday nights via the Nursery Facebook page.
Over a twelve-week rehearsal/teaching period, you will work on core skills, rehearse a show and receive coaching and personal feedback. Sessions will balance tuition with experimentation. Your shows may not end up being what you initially thought….
This spring, we will be starting a narrative teaching team coached by Jen Rowe and a longform teaching team coached by Katy Schutte. Applicants can put themselves forward for just one, or both and auditions will be run together. We will also be auditioning for a few more members for our existing teaching team, Quench.
Our teams will be as follows:
Rehearsals 12 Mondays from 4th Jan 7-9.30pm
Performances 3 Fridays from 5th March and then one on 26th March
Rehearsals 12 Wednesdays from 6th Jan 3-5pm
Performances 3 Fridays from 5th March
Rehearsals 12 Sundays from 10th Jan 1-3pm
Performances 3 Fridays from 19th March
29th November 1-4pm
2nd December 7-9pm
4th December 4-6pm
Teaching teams are created by audition and commitments are by season of twelve weeks. At the end of this time, participants will be invited to carry on and, if necessary, new auditions held. Coaches may change from season to season.
Auditions will be run by two Nursery/Maydays teachers. Decisions will be final and we are sorry to say we will not be able to provide individual feedback. If you wish to apply, please click on the Audition Form button to express your interest and tell us about your experience.
Advanced (3 years +) This is our highest level of class. These classes are recommended for improvisers who are regularly rehearsing and performing with a team.
Whatever the level of ability required, all of our classes are safe, supportive environments led by our experienced teachers. Please email us if you are unsure whether a class is suitable for you. If you sign up for a class inappropriate to your level the Nursery/Maydays reserved the right to remove you from the class without refund.
(Monday) 7:30 pm GMT
Katy Schutte trained at Second City and iO Chicago as well as with teachers from Annoyance, UCB and more. She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award.
Katy has performed with the Maydays for 13 years, spent over a decade as half of the two-woman longform show Katy and Rach, plays with sci-fi improv team Project2 and in the Destination podcast. Katy coaches longform teams and leads workshops in England, Europe and the States. She has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with The Maydays, Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and notably guested in the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro, Whirled News Tonight, The Armando Diaz Experience and Messing with a Friend.
Katy is also a sketch comedian, actor, writer and theatre-maker. She directed The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike, wrote and starred in Who Ya Gonna Call? the Ghostbusters fan-sical, is one of the Knightmare Live team and is currently performing her solo comedy hour Schutte the Unromantic.
Katy’s first book The Improviser’s Way is out and available from all good bookshops and online at Amazon
Jenny Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and has regularly taught there, as well as Brighton ICT, Chichester Festival Theatre LEAP programme and for Refugee Radio. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Brighton Fringe ’19 Best Play winner, Clean. She has toured with The Foundry Group, played in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ season and performed numerous Shakespeares at Brighton Open Air Theatre. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show Productions and, as a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams street theatre.
As an improviser, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with the Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare and The Concept, and plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd, when they’re in the same city. She has trained with Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and is currently researching her next show. Her recent solo play in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” was described by Fringereview as… ‘a fascinating biography well worth knowing, convincingly acted and eloquently written.
As both cats and small children know, cardboard boxes hold almost infinite possibilities for joy. They can be spaceships, dragons, far away mountains… we are limited only by our own imaginations. Boxed in creates the extraordinary and beautiful from the beige, the cuboid and the mundane.
Directed by Jennifer Jordan and Chris Mead
Families are weird. They are cruel, crazy, loving, often inspiring and sometimes just downright awful. They are the people we turn to in a time of crisis, and the people who cause those very crises. No matter how hard you try, you can never escape them. But then, would you want to?
Happy in their Own Way is a combination of audience and cast stories, improvised scenes and maybe just a little smidgen of amateur psychology. Emotional and strange, with humour almost too close to the bone, find out if all happy families really are alike.
Directed by Jules Munns
Expect wild stallions, uncontrollable fillies (and horses too)! Set in an idyllic world of show-jumping and huge country houses, with a variety of animals and posh people behaving very badly while wearing jodhpurs, Unbridled is extremely silly, tongue in cheek and maybe just a little bit sexy.
Directed by Heather Urquhart
A splinter in time sends us back to the 1970s as a documentary crew from the British Broadwaving Corporation begins an exclusive and dangerous assignment: document life Behind the Scenes at Studio Mandelbrot (Revenge of the Jedi, A Toy’s Story). Despite operating with a near monopoly over the planet’s creative output, rumours persist of an eccentric and chronically underfunded work environment where underperforming staff disappear with a trace. Worse still, it’s reported that the studio’s latest flagship production might be undergoing last-minute revisions…
Directed by Harry Turnbull and Robert Armstrong
The kingdom is under threat. The corrupt king’s knights gallop across the land extorting innocent peasants, the Witch of the Eastern Forest has lost her most precious enchanted sword, and, to top it all off, there have been reports of a vast and hungry dragon circling the stormy skies. The realm only has one hope left – the ancient prophecy, many moons ago, foretold the coming of a hero, and their name is… oh, damn it all, who was it again?
Join a merry troupe of bards at Ye Olde Nursery Tavern (er, Theatre), as we tell an epic comedic tale of heroism, adventure, and magic.
Directed by Vicky Hawley
Everyone loves Harry Potter, and in tribute to the world’s favourite pubescent wizard, each show assumes the form of an improvised tribute to Harry Potter. Featuring spells, adventures, heroes and villians; everything you remember… and perhaps a little more.
Directed by Jules Munns
Hamilton meets Pitch Perfect… spontaneously improvised! Imagine a new kind of improvised musical: beatboxers, rappers, singers and body percussionists all of whom happen to be talented actors, coming together a capella to improvise a fresh new musical improv show that you’ll never forget!
Directed by Lisa Lynn
Some kind of catastrophe has befallen the Fauna of Penny Forest. Will they rise up and overcome it, flee to pastures new, or die horribly? (You never know.) Come along and uncover/decide their fate in this colourful (mostly green) tale of triumph and trepidation, with an eclectic cast of slimy, scaly, feathered and furry friends, all chosen by you the audience!
Directed by Jenet Le Lacheur
Set out on a voyage of discovery inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli. Castles in the Air explores improvised tales of friendship and transformation, in worlds limited only by our imaginations. Take a break from life’s practicalities and be gently swept along with our lovable characters, where a happy ending is (almost) always guaranteed.
Directed by Jacqueline Black
Things went wrong. Mistakes were made. Everyone’s pointing fingers, and the only responsible thing the government can do is to consolidate them all into one easily manageable fist; a fist at the end of the longest arm of the law – the ever-delayed, barely accountable (independent) inquiry.
Join a wholly independent panel of improvisers as they get to the bottom of the finest cock-up you can imagine, held to account only by your intervention. And all the while, the true(ish) story of what happened will unfold. Part political farce, part social satire – Heads Might Roll is a jolly, carefree romp through everything that’s wrong with the modern world.
Things went wrong. Mistakes were made. Heads Might Roll. But they almost certainly won’t.
Directed by Arfie Mansfield
Sultry and cool, Carmen is a gender-swapped Film Noir fantasy. Step into a world of drama, tension, sex and intrigue, where the struggle between good and evil is real and personal. Follow the exploits of classic Noir characters with a twist as they confront death, life, and exploitation in this stylish and intoxicating piece.
Directed by Stephen Davidson
The Dreamweaver Quartet invite you to close your eyes and open up your third eye. The room is dark, the incense is burning, the potion we gave you is taking you into a deep state of relaxation. Now tell us of your strangest dreams and we shall make them manifest through music, dance and storytelling.
Directed by James Witt
United is an improvisation show played with the energy of a sports match and the spirit of a sports team. No polite applause here; the United squad are going to ignite the crowd. We’ll cheer for scenes like they’re goals, roar for the actors like they’re athletes, and turn the theatre into a stadium.
Directed by Juwel Haque
The Owls Are Not What They Seem invites you into a strange little town in Washington State, replete with strange inhabitants and ventures into the unknown. Loosely inspired by the groundbreaking television works of David Lynch, each unscripted episode will chart a brand new hidden mystery in a sleepy town torn apart by the forces of good and evil.
Directed by Jonah Fazel and Audra Goffeney.
This event is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Twin Peaks Productions, Inc., David Lynch, CBS or Showtime Networks Inc. or the TWIN PEAKS franchise.
Photos are everywhere. On your Facebook, on Instagram, Twitter. Every day we kayak through an river of images. We’re all responsible for the flood: everyone has a camera now. The button is pressed. The flash ignites. The light blinds. A moment is captured.
But what’s the truth behind the picture? What happened before the flash-bulb lit? What happened afterwards? Who is this person, really, Away from the pose? Where are they from, and where are they going? If a picture paints a thousand words, then a photo poses a thousand questions. In Flashbulb, we answer them.
Directed by Max Dickins
Look at the city and let the years fall away. Watch as skyscrapers retract back into the ground; as grass bristles along the pavements and the air grows still and clear. Brick becomes stone becomes wood becomes clay. You live here. This patch of earth. This world in potentia. And all of history churns beneath your feet.
A series of entirely improvised and entirely interconnected stories that play out on a canvas that spans 200 millennia and 12 foot square. Dozens of lives, loves, comedies and tragedies unfolding throughout time with a single thing in common. They all happened here.
Directed by Chris Mead
An improvised road trip movie driven by your song suggestions.
Open Roads – paths to chase your future or escape your past. Four people on a road trip. Hopes and struggles lie along their path, music blares from the radio and destiny lies just across the horizon. It might be funny but it could be sad, angry or just plain beautiful.
Inspired by movies like Everything Is Illuminated, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Little Miss Sunshine. Based on the game Ribbon Drive by Avery Mcdaldno. Give us your music, let’s make a mixtape and head for open roads.
Directed by Michael Such & Luke Beahan
When you sit down to a meal in a restaurant, do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Have you ever been on one side of a wall and wondered what is on the other side? Or looked across at a couple and wondered what they are talking about?
In The Restaurant we give you permission to eavesdrop on the conversation at the next table. In fact, we insist on it. Peer into other people’s lives as they are made and destroyed at dinner. Then pop into the kitchen to find out whether head chefs are really all perfectionist bastards and whether the pan washer deserves the way he is treated.
Directed by Jinni Lyons
Welcome, stranger. Sit down around the fire with us, let us open our sacred book and tell you stories. Do you know of the origin of the gods and how men became men? Do you know why the world turns as it does and when it will stop turning? Let us tell you. Yes, we are masters of our destiny, but we are also blown by the wind. Let us tell you tales of heroes and villains and kings and queens and devils. They are just like us, but unlike us in so many ways. We will tell you of them. So – The Improvised Book of Myths features mighty gods, bizarre creatures and flawed people. Who knows, perhaps you will see yourself in there, and learn why humans are as they are.
Directed by Jules Munns