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Next Available Dates in Moorgate:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 14th March 2018 with James Witt. >> BOOK NOW


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

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue (off Whitecross Place), London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Moorgate or Liverpool Street.

Price: £195 reduced to £180 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £90 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in London Bridge:


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 15th March 2018 with Rory Vieyra. >> BOOK NOW

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 28th March 2018 with Katy Schutte. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Tuesday  for 8 weeks from Tuesday 20th February 2018 with Maria Peters. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 22nd February 2018 with Maria Peters. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 13th March 2018 with James Witt. FULLY BOOKED.


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

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

Tube: London Bridge.

Price: £195 reduced to £180 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £90 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Mon 12th March 2018, with breaks for Bank Holidays, with Rhiannon Vivian.

>> BOOK NOW

Exact Dates: 12th March, 19th March, 26th March, 9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April, 14th May.


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

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

Tube/Train: Liverpool Street.

Price: £195 reduced to £180 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £90 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 21st March 2018 with Liam Brennan. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 12th April 2018 with Sally Hodgkiss. >> BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 20th March 2018 with Steve Roe. FULLY BOOKED.


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

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

Tube: Kings Cross.

Price: £195 reduced to £180 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £90 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. Hoopla are the founders of the UK’s first improv theatre, established for over 10 years.

 

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.


Reduced by £15 if booked before the end of this week.


“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.


Next Dates in London Bridge:


Thursdays from 15th March. >> BOOK


Next Dates in Moorgate:


Wednesdays from 14 March. >> BOOK


Next Dates in Liverpool Street:


Mondays from 12th March. >> BOOK


Next Dates in King’s Cross:


Wednesdays from 21 March. >> BOOK

Thursdays from 12th April. >> BOOK




James was part of the team who formed Music Box (The Improvised Comedy Musical) in 2009 and has been performing with them regularly ever since. Other improvised comedy projects include Newsical (Improvised Musical Satire), This Is Soap (The Improvised Soap), Theatresports (UK), ComedySportz (Berlin), Dreamweaver and Flashbulb for The Nursery presents series.


Other theatre credits include the U.K. tour of Unmythable, A Night at the West End, Newsrevue, Three Sisters with Teatro Vivo and Shakespeare for Breakfast (2007 and 2015).


TV and film credits include Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The Infidel, White Teeth and Murder in Mind. He also regularly writes and performs satirical videos with Hoopla Impro and Witty Leaks.

James trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and Drama at the University of Birmingham.


James has recently appeared in the smash hit Brexit The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival.



James Witt









Katy Schutte







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She is the author of the recently published book The Improviser’s Way.


Katy has been a member of award-winning improv company The Maydays since their founding year in 2004. She performed in a twoprov with Rachel Blackman for over a decade and performs in science-fiction show Project2.


Katy is a Funny Women Finalist and has written and starred in several acclaimed live comedy shows including Schutte the Unromantic and Who Ya Gonna Call? (the Ghostbusters fan-tribute musical).


You can often catch her in TV commercials and nerdy comedy shows. Katy lives in London and teaches and performs all over the world.

Katy Schutte is an improviser, writer, comedian, actor and director.


She trained in Drama at the University of Hull before finding her true passion at iO Chicago, Second City Chicago and with teachers from The Annoyance Theatre, UCB and other world-class improv training schools.

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 16 people and is usually about 12-14 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 London Bridge:


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 15th March 2018 with Rory Vieyra. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Moorgate:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 14th March 2018 with James Witt. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Dates: Every Monday for 8 weeks from Mon 12th March 2018, with breaks for Bank Holidays, with Rhiannon Vivian. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in King’s Cross:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 21st March 2018. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 12th April 2018 with Sally Hodgkiss. >> BOOK NOW

Rory Vieyra









Rory trained as an actor at Drama Studio London.


He’s been performing improv for 10 years.

He performs in many of Hoopla’s most popular shows including Music Box the Improvised Comedy Musical (5 STARS - Fringe Guru) and Story Kitchen’s Theatre Sports.


Rory also regularly performs at The Edinburgh Fringe with shows including Will Shakespeare’s Impro Musical.


He has recently appeared in The Nobodies Radio Play, The London Improv Festival, The Misanthrope and on tour with Tree Shadow Theatre.

Steve Roe









He has also taught improv at Imperial College London, East 15 Drama School and Oxford University, and to corporate clients including Comedy Central, Apple, BBC and ITV.


In 2010 Steve founded the UK’s first ever improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, helping to create a vibrant community of performers and audience.


Steve has studied improv with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from IO, Patti Styles from Improv Melbourne, Shawn Kinley from Loose Moose, The Annoyance, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Fooling with Jonathan Kay and Clown with Mick Barnfather.


He continues to support countless other shows that have popped up from Hoopla workshops and is influential in growing the UK’s improv scene.


Steve Roe is the co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over ten years.


Steve creates a friendly, fun & supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.


Steve has experience of teaching beginners, experienced improvisers, stand ups, drama school students and professional actors.

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.


 

Rhiannon Vivian









Rhiannon has trained in improvisation at UCB in New York, iO and Annoyance Theatres in Chicago and in sketch and musicals at the PIT Theatre, NYC.


She also regularly performs with Dreamweaver Quartet, Bumper Blyton the Improvised Adventure and The Concept.


She also writes and performs character comedy, and took both her solo shows (Doors To Manual and Office Meltdown) to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe three years running.


As a Mayday, she is proud to be have performed as a guest with acclaimed show Whirled News Tonight at iO Chicago, and has performed on international stages from New York to Dublin to Portugal. When she’s not writing or acting, Rhiannon can cartwheel on her elbows.


Rhiannon performs with the award winning improv group The Maydays.





 

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