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These courses are £20 off if booked before then end of this week.


Next Available Dates in London Bridge (6 week courses):


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 6th Nov 2017 with Heather &  Liz. (3 places left) >> BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 7th November 2017 with Steve Roe. (3 places left) >> BOOK NOW


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

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

Tube: London Bridge.

Price: £160 reduced to £140 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £70 followed by the remaining £70 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street (6 week courses):


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 8th November 2017 with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 9th November 2017 with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW


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

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

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

Price: £160 reduced to £140 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £70 followed by the remaining £70 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates in Kings Cross (8 week courses):


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 27th September with James Witt. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thurs 28th Sep 2017 with Sally Hodgkiss. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 25th Sep 2017 with Alison Goldie. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 26th Sep 2017 with Liam Brennan. FULLY BOOKED.


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

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

Tube: Kings Cross.

Price: £190. £170 if booked before the end of this week. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £70 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

Fringe Guru Remote Goat 1080 Magazine Edinburgh Guide

Beginners Improv Course


These courses are £20 off if booked before then end of this week.


6 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 6 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.


Next Available Dates in London Bridge :


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 6th November 2017 with Heather and Liz. >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 7th November 2017 with Steve Roe.

>> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 8th November 2017 with Steve Roe.

>> BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 9th November 2017 with Steve Roe.

>> BOOK NOW

Steve Roe

Steve Roe is the Director of Hoopla. He 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.

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


In 2010 Steve founded the UK’s first ever improv theatre with Hoopla 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.


Steve performs with The Faculty, Music Box, Story Kitchen TheatreSports as well as performing, producing and directing various groups across the London improv scene.


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

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.


These courses are £20 off if booked before then end of this week.


Next Available Dates in London Bridge:


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


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 6th November 2017 with Heather and Liz. >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 7th November 2017 with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 8th November 2017 with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 9th November 2017 with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW


Heather Urquhart








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.

Liz Peters








She has improvised around the world, from Europe to the USA, and was nominated Best Female Performer at the Brighton Fringe Awards for her solo musical comedy show.

Liz Peters is a trained actress and Artistic Director of The Maydays, an award-winning British improv company who have been running for over 12 years.