Saturday 25th April – 7.30pm: Maydays: Oh Boy - The Quantum Leap Show.
Theorising that new episodes are possible within their own lifetime, the Maydays step into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanish. Paying homage to the classic sci-fi series and based entirely on audience suggestions, the Maydays jump through time to put right what once went wrong. We create one brand new episode per show featuring Sam, Al and of course Ziggy.
This show was first performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
"Five Stars" - The Latest
Cast: Liz Peters, Katy Schutte, Rebecca MacMillan, Heather Urquhart, Jen Rowe, Rhiannon Vivien, John Cremer, Jason Blackwater, Jules Munns, Joe Samuel, Lloydie James Loyd, Chris Mead.
Find out more about Maydays below . . .
Tell us about your group
Established in 2004, The Maydays are 10 years old. There are 10 members in the company but we rarely perform with such a large group, usually 4/5 in a show. We are based half in Brighton and half in London and recently headlined Barcelona Improv Festival and Improvfest Ireland. The majority of the company have studied improv in Chicago and we regularly bring over international teachers to improve our work. As well as performing we run classes, corporate training and private events.
What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?
Follow the fun!
What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?
There are so many good ones! Today's fave is Mind Meld as it's really good for connecting with your team, and the utter joy when you finally do both say the same word should be bottle-able.
What’s your pre-show ritual/warm-up?
We meet, chat and get on the same wavelength and then we'll do a random combination of physical, vocal or mental warmups. These are usually pretty silly and involve a lot of ribbing each other. Moments before we go on we get together and focus ourselves with a game of 1-20, create a big ball of group energy and look each player directly in the eyes.
Recommend a book on Improvisation
Obviously we have to recommend our books (!): 'Improv' by John Cremer and 'Sing It!' by Heather Urquhart and Joe Samuel, but there are some other really good ones out there. 'Long-form Improvisation and The Art of Zen' by the late, great Jason Chin is a nice reminder of how simple it can all be.
Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, improvisation, or the world in general?
Enjoy life. It's quick!