• Level 1: Beginners Improv Course

beginners improv course

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

Hoopla offer the most fun and friendly environment 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, playful and supportive atmosphere in our improv courses where people are free to play and be themselves.

Improv 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, Commitment, Confidence, Character, Scenes, Games, Story and most of all playing and having fun with improvisation.

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next available dates

Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 18th March 2019 with Liz Peters, with breaks on Bank Holidays. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 18th March 2019 with Liam Brennan, with breaks on Bank Holidays. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 19th March 2019 with Jonah Fazel. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 24th April 2019 with Jenny Rowe. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 25th April 2019 with Rory Vieyra. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge
  • £190
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £95 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th March 2019 with Alison Goldie. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 9th April 2019 with James Witt. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 27th March 2019 with Jinni Lyons. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 28th March 2019 with Alison Goldie. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street
  • £190
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £95 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 18th March 2019 with Rhiannon Vivian, with breaks on bank holidays. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 19th March 2019 with Liam Brennan. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 14th March 2019 with Susan Harrison. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 27th February 2019 with Nick Oram. SOLD OUT


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 28th February with Liam Brennan 2019. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £190
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £95 once the course starts.
New weekend options:

Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 8th June 2019. BOOK NOW

  • 2pm – 4:30pm
  • Liverpool Street
  • £190
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £95 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Alison Goldie

Alison is the author of ‘The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life’. She has performed in Newman and Baddiel in Pieces (BBC2) and toured internationally with Weird Sisters theatre company.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in The Dreamweaver Quartet, Music Box and Newsical.
James trained in Musical Theatre at The Guildford School of Acting.

Jinni Lyons, improv teacher

Jinni Lyons

Jinni has toured internationally with her solo show Jinni Lyons is an Only Child and recently performed in Bumper Blyton the Enid Blyton Adventure. She is also a teacher at The Actors Centre London.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam performs with The Science of Living Things, Fright Night and The Improvised Crystal Maze and directs many of our new shows. He has trained at UCB and iO.

Rhiannon Vivian, improv teacher

Rhiannon Vivian

Rhiannon performs with the awarding winning Maydays, Dreamweaver Quartet and Bumper Blyton. She trained iO and Annoyance Theatres in Chicago and UCB in New York.

Jenny Rowe

Jenny performs with the award winning Maydays and Impromptu Shakespeare Company, and has also toured with Fluxx. She trained at Second City, Annoyance and IO Chicago.

Jonah Fazel

Jonah performs with Bumper Blyton the Improvised Enid Blyton Adventure. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also trained with Keith Johnstone.

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

Sue performs in the Olivier award winning Showstoppers the Improvised Musical, Beings, and BAFTA winning sketch show Class Dismissed.

Liz Peters

Liz Peters

Liz performs with the award winning Maydays and Bumper Blyton. She has trained at iO Chicago, Second City, UCB and The Annoyance Theatre.

Rory Vieyra

Rory Vieyra

Rory performs in Music Box The Improvised Musical, one of our most popular shows. He trained at Drama Studio London.

Nick Oram

Nick Oram

Nick performs in long-form group Do Not Adjust Your Stage, one of the most popular shows at Hoopla. He won the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Writing Competition in 2017.

what's included

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 as part of a team.

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!

 

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Teamwork

  • Making the other person look good.
  • Supporting each other on stage.
  • Trust.

Listening

  • Active listening and awareness.
  • Being in the moment.
  • Presence.

Yes And

  • Creative Collaboration.
  • Accepting and building on offers.
  • Agreement instead of conflict.

Being Obvious

  • Being obvious instead of trying too hard to be funny.
  • Making creativity simple by being obvious.
  • Being honest in the moment.
  • Improvising realistic scenes.

Spontaneity

  • Going for it. Improvising carefree.
  • Playing and having fun with mistakes.
  • Playing without fear.
  • Confidence on stage.

Character

  • Physical characters.
  • Emotions, reactions, being altered.
  • Playing with status, voice and movement.

Scenes

  • Fun simple scene structures.
  • Establishing a location in scenes.
  • Establishing character and relationship in scenes.

Games

  • Lots of fun short-form games.
  • Confidence with being in front of an audience.
  • Having fun with improvising as part of a team.

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