Jules Munns

“The first time I tried improv it terrified me”

I first tried improv at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and it terrified me, so I joined an extra-curricular improv group.

Improv went from self improvement to passion to profession and soon after graduating myself, Judith Amsenga and Robin Steegman co-founded the Nursery and Slapdash International (London’s longest running festival of improvisation).

The next year, I joined the Maydays and was later involved in the creation of Impromptu Shakespeare, Ten Thousand Million Love Stories, Concept: the Improvised Concept Album and many other shows.

I believe that one of the most important and difficult things we can do is work together and improv is a great way to learn how.”

I am fascinated by the psychology and anthropology of improv and while the modern form is only a few decades old, I believe that the exercises and activities connect to profound and ancient practices and ideas that pop up everywhere from dionysian rites to rave culture, shamanic fever-dreams to the psychology of military units.

I travel the world teaching and performing, primarily with The Maydays and Ten Thousand Million Love Stories (my duo with Heather Urquhart). Over the last decade, I have been to festivals and theatres in Finland, Portugal, Romania, Canada, the US, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Pakistan, Poland and more, as well as across the UK. In London, most of my time is spent as artistic director of the Nursery, which runs weekly improv shows and jams.

I travel the world teaching and performing at festivals and theatres.”

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The Maydays

Since forming in 2004, The Maydays have performed hundreds of shows around the world from comedic sketches based on audience stories through to their flagship show, Happily Never After – a full musical theatrical experience based on the works on Tim Burton.

Ten Thousand Million

Credit: Mark Dawson

A two-person, multi-character improvised longform with Heather Urquhart and Jules Munns. Ten Thousand Million Love Stories is a show about love, what it means and how we succeed and fail in it.

Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, soliloquies, power struggles, mistaken identity and the supernatural, Impromptu Shakespeare buckle on the Bard’s britches to bring you an entirely new and unique ‘Shakespeare’ play, based on audience suggestions.