what is it?
The Maydays Improv Residentials are five-day experiences where you will learn and perform improvisation, make new friends, build community and relax in the Dorset countryside. The Maydays have trained in, taught and performed improv all over the world since they started back in 2004. The September Retreat is a buffet of improv classes for any and all levels of improv experience. The March Intensive is a streamlined learning experience where you work for half of the time with one group towards a showcase performance then pick and choose specialist workshops for the rest of your stay. We have been coming here for ten years and many of our participants return again and again. We hope you will too.
Jason Chin was a friend, mentor and teacher to The Maydays and a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays too.
As the former Artistic Director to the iO Theatre in Chicago, he was one of the most experienced and influential performer/trainers in the community. He was generous, considerate and kind. So when we lost him in 2015, we decided to honour him with a fully funded scholarship in his name, to both of our residential intensives. His open-hearted spirit and supportive nature is what we look for in our applicants.
"Imagine a school where you woke up every morning and had breakfast with fascinating people, most of whom are incredibly funny creative geniuses. Imagine a school where you looked at the day’s timetable and were disappointed that you could not attend EVERY lesson as they were all just too brilliant. Imagine a school where you hoped that a chance fault in the space-time continuum would mean that the lessons would never end. Imagine a school that you didn’t want to leave at the end of the day! Thanks Maydays – I’ve now mentally replaced the memory of my own dull, grey schooling with the rainbow-technicolour memories of last week."