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Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th September 2017 with Heather Urquhart. >> BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 12th Sept 2017 with Maria Peters. (3 places left) >> BOOK NOW


Time: 7pm - 9:30pm each week.

Venue: Kobi Nazrul Centre, 30 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR.

Tube: Liverpool Street.

Price: £190. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in Moorgate/Bank:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th September 2017 with Jenny Rowe. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thu 14th September with Edgar Fernando (whole course) & Steve Roe (weeks 1,2,3). FULLY BOOKED.


Time: 7pm - 9:30pm each week.

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Moorgate, Liverpool Street or Bank.

Price: £190. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 25th Sep 2017 with Alison Goldie. (5 places left) >> BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 26th September 2017 with Liam Brennan. >> BOOK NOW

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 27th September 2017 with Sophie Pumprey. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 28th September 2017 with Sally Hodgkiss. >> BOOK NOW


Time: 7pm - 9:30pm each week.

Venue: The Poor School, 242 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9JY.

Tube: Kings Cross.

Price: £190. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in London Bridge:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 27th September with Liam Brennan. (4 places left)  >> BOOK NOW

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th Sep 2017 with Susan Harrison. FULLY BOOKED.


Time: 7pm - 9:30pm each week.

Venue: Capital House, 6th Floor, 42 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QD.

Tube: London Bridge.

Price: £190. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

Fringe Guru Remote Goat 1080 Magazine Edinburgh Guide

Beginners Improv Course


8 week beginners courses to learn the core skills of improvised comedy.


Hoopla offer one of the most fun and friendly environments to learn improvisation in the UK.

 

Complete beginners are welcome. You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever. You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny either!


Hoopla create a friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.


Impro is not the same as stand-up; you're not alone on stage and it's not about telling jokes. It's about working together as a team with other improvisers to spontaneously create group stories, scenes & sketches.


Over a course of 8 weekly workshops you’ll progress as a team while learning core improvisation skills like Spontaneity, Listening, Yes And, Character, Scenes, Games, Story and having fun with improvisation.


“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.”

The Londonist


“Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm-and an attentiveness-that is rarely seen in the classroom.”

The Daily Telegraph


“You really rocked it as ever, and I have heard nothing but good from the participants. Once again, thanks again for a splendid series of workshops.” Gareth Mitchell, Lecturer, Science Communication, Imperial College.


“Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's morning. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.”

James Honda-Pinder, Apple


The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.”

Time Out


“This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you'll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.


“The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.”

The Evening Standard


“Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!”

PR Manager, Comedy Central


"Beginners Impro - This is a brilliant course, which I cannot rate highly enough. The teachers  are experts in the field of impro and made sure that everyone had fun from beginning to end. The course is taken in a relaxed and supportive environment which meant everyone was able to 'let go' and enjoy themselves. It was so much fun, I have just booked the next course!” Sam Merrington


“Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!”

@Rbethley


“Thank you for an awesome session this eve. Haven't laughed this much on a Monday eve for years :-)” @SarasmithsVO


“Have I mentioned that I’m Learning Improv with @hooplaimpro and it is the best thing ever? Because I am and it is.”

@Flyingnelly


"The workshop was just so much fun with an amazing teacher."

Joëlle Sarrailh


“Just wanted to give you a huge thank you for this amazing two months in improv courses. I really liked the passion you put each evening and the energy in explaining all the practices, games and skills. I sincerely enjoyed each and every one of them. Besides all the improv techniques I learnt, it was a fantastic experience.” Fernando Martinez Denia


“@hooplaimpro We heart you! Such a fun 8 weeks and such great people! I shall be seeing you again!” @SarahSquare28


Reviews and Testimonials:



Course Contents


Each session consists of some fun and friendly warm ups, then some exercises on some of the core skills of improvisation, followed by having some fun with improvising games, scenes and stories.


We’ll be covering loads of improv topics as part of the course including:


Listening.

- Active Listening and Awareness.

- Being in the moment. Presence.

- Creative Teamwork.


Yes And, Yes Let’s.

- Accepting and Building on Offers.

- Expanding and Deepening Offers.

- Verbal, Emotional and Physical Offers.


Spontaneity.

- Going for it. Improvising carefree.

- Playing and having fun with mistakes.

- Confidence on stage.

- Physical improvisation.


Being Obvious.

- Playing real characters on stage.

- Building a reality.

- Not trying to be clever or funny.

- Trust.


Character & Relationships.

- Physical Characters.

- Status.

- Emotions, Reactions, Being Altered.

- Improvising Characters with Depth.

- Relationships, Attitude, Point of View.


Scenes.

- Scene Structure.

- Platforms, Environment, Relationship.

- Being Altered.

- Spotting, reacting, justifying unusual.

- Game of the Scene.

- Scene work.


Story.

- Narrative Structure.

- Building Platforms.

- Character, Relationship, Location.

- Keeping it Real.

- What Happens Next & Reincorporation.


Games.

- Short-form games.

- Introduction to performance games.


You’ll be rehearsing with the same people regularly every week, so you progress each week, getting to know each other and building up a team with your fellow improvisers and the director.


Most of all we make improv fun.


Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 12th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Available Dates in Moorgate:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 25th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 26th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 27th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thu 28th September 2017 >> BOOK NOW


Available Dates in London Bridge:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 27th September >> BOOK NOW


FAQ


Q: What comes after this course?

A: Our Performance Improv Course is our best follow on.


Q: What comes before this course?

A: You don’t have to have done any other improv or acting before this course, no previous experience necessary, it’s for complete beginners to improv.


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: Total beginners to improvisation, acting or comedy, or people who’ve only ever done a few improv workshops before.  


Q: How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?

A: You don’t need to have done anything at all before starting this course. No experience is necessary.


Q: What if I’ve already done some improv?

A: You might want to have a look at our Performance Improv Course or Long Form Course instead.


Q: What if I can’t make every week?

A: It’s not worth doing the course if you are likely to miss more than two workshops, as we are trying to build a team over the course. If you do miss a week please email us and we might be able to fit you on a different course for a catch up, but we can’t guarantee that.


Q: What if I’m running late?

A: It’s best not to sign up to the course if you are going to be late on a regular basis, as we are forming a team over the course. Also we tend to introduce the theme of each workshop at the start of the session, and also do all the warm ups at the start, so it’s tricky to do if late. Once or twice is ok, but please don’t sign up to the course if you are likely to be late on a regular basis.


Q: Do I have to perform in front of an  outside audience?

A: No. You will not be performing in front of an outside audience in this course, just with the other people on the course. If you want to perform in front of an audience we also run our Performance Improv Course, which is a good follow up to this course.


Q: What’s the class size?

A: The group size is going to be limited to 14 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.


Q: What ages is it for?

A: 18 and over. It’s suitable for all ages.


Q: What is it?

A: Improv. Teams of people, including you, playing together to improvise scenes, sketches, games and stories. It’s not stand-up, you’re not by yourself on stage. More about improv.


Q: Is it like public speaking or stand up?

A: No. This isn’t a public speaking or stand up course, it’s all about improvising scenes, games and stories as a team, it’s not about performing solo on stage. More about improv.


Q: What kind of people do your courses?

A: We get people from  lots of different backgrounds, from a wide variety of ages. We’ve had everyone from 18 to 80 on our courses. We’ve taught improvisation to computer programmers, teachers, engineers, actors, accountants, comedians, students and more. We get lots of different people as it’s a good place to relax and have some fun after work.


Q: Are the courses accessible to people who use a wheelchair?

A: It depends on the venue, so please contact us and we will advise on the best course to book.


Q: Is this course suitable for people who have English as a second language?

A: Our courses are very international, but you will have to be fluent in English as we do a lot of improvised dialogue. If you’re not sure please contact us and we will advise the best course.


Q: Does it matter what teacher I have?

A: No. We all come from similar performing and training backgrounds. We train and plan the courses together to make sure it’s the same experience and we are covering the same topics.


Q: What makes this different from other courses?

A: It’s very welcoming to total beginners and lots of fun. There are loads of laughs and it’s hugely enjoyable. We try to make our courses the most fun out there.


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th September 2017 with Heather Urquhart. >> BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 12th September 2017 with Maria Peters. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Moorgate:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th September 2017 with Jenny Rowe. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 25th September 2017 with Alison Goldie. >> BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 26th September 2017 with Liam Brennan. >> BOOK NOW

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 27th September 2017 with Sophie Pumphrey. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 28th September 2017 with Sally Hodgkiss. >> BOOK NOW


Available Dates in London Bridge:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 27th September 2017 with Liam Brennan. >> BOOK NOW


Heather Urquhart








She has co-written a book on improv and produced a series of associated podcasts.


She's also a performer with Brighton’s satirical comedy sketch company ‘The Treason Show’ since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade, New York Dollies and The Fiction Aisle.


She was awarded Best Female Performer, Brighton Festival and Fringe Awards 2013.

Heather trained in Physical Theatre and started a lifelong affair with improv in 2004 after joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson.


Since 2006 she has been a performer and director with the award winning Maydays.


Heather also performs with the Olivier Award winning ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’, the UK's most successful improv show with West End runs and various UK tours.

He trained at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters in Stand-Up Comedy while performing in the University’s resident Improv group founded by the Noise Next Door.


Liam has studied improv at various schools with teachers from Hoopla, iO and The Upright Citizens Brigade.


Coming from an educational background as a Primary School Supply teacher, Liam always makes sure create an engaging and fun atmosphere during his workshops.

Liam Brennan has been performing and coaching improv for 7 years playing with groups such as ‘The Science of Living Things’ and Torch lit horror show ‘Countdown to Doom’.

Liam Brennan








Maria Peters is an improv veteran, performing  improv for nearly 10 years.


She currently performs in Breaking & Entering and also produces The Playground, one of Hoopla’s most popular ensemble nights.

She has studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Theatre in Chicago. She has also learned from the Godfather of British Improvisational theatre, Keith Johnstone. As well as instructors from world-renowned improv schools such as Chicago's Second City, iO and New York's Upright Citizens Brigade.


Maria is also a professional educator having spent over 15 years in learning & development, she knows how to impart knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.


Maria puts her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having ALL OF THE FUN.

Maria Peters


Jenny has been performing and teaching improvisation for over 10 years both with award winning improv troupe The Maydays.


As an improviser she has also toured with Fluxx, Impromptu Shakespeare, and Two Seats Four Cheeks. She has also worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show.

Her other credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Fringe-first nominated Bite-size Plays. She has toured with The Foundry Group and played Ero in The Widow’s Tears for the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ series.


Jen trained at ACT Brighton where she now teaches on a regular basis, and at Second City and Annoyance in Chicago.

Jenny Rowe


Alison Goldie

Alison’s is the author of the book ‘The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life’.


She toured the world with the award-winning The Weird Sisters Theatre Company and received much acclaim for her solo show, Lady in Bed.

Her TV credits include playing all the female characters in comedy series Newman and Baddiel in Pieces (BBC2) before becoming a regular presenter on The Travel Show (BBC2). Her radio credits include comedy series The Mary Whitehouse Experience (Radio 4).


Her awards include Best Female Performer at Orlando Fringe Festival 1999; Grand Prize at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2000.


Alison graduated from Hull University with a degree in drama. She also holds a City and Guilds Adult Education teaching certificate and a Diploma in Personal Transformation Coaching.


Sally Hodgkiss









She has performed with The Science of Living Things, The Coaterie, The Actor's Nightmare, and is a member of Bumper Blyton, The Committee and Newsical.


Sally is co-founder and joint Artistic Director of Sonder, a new theatre company that collaborates with some of the finest artists from the UK and abroad to create original multi-disciplinary improvised theatre.


Sally is also an artist in residence for the Octagon Theatre Bolton and she also writes and makes performance art. She has recently been selected to join a playwriting group at the Royal Court Theatre.

Sally is a trained actor and theatre facilitator. She has been improvising for several years having trained with teachers from IO Chicago, UCB New York and Second City.


 

Since then has worked with many other wonderful teachers like Susan Messing (IO, Annoyance), Rachel Mason (IO, Second City), and Dummy.


She has trained at The Actors Temple in Meisner-based techniques of acting and also with Peta Lily and Jon Davison in clowning.


She is also a teaches English as a foreign language professionally, including recently working in South Korea.


She is currently performing in BIG NOW and is directing Charmed and Strange.

Sophie started first trained in improv over 10 years ago with Alan Marriott, the founder of The Crunchy Frog Collective, Grand Theft Impro and the first London TheatreSports.



Sophie Pumphrey