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

Hoopla offer one of the most fun, friendly, sociable and stress-free 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 6 weekly workshops you’ll progress as a team while learning core improvisation skills like Spontaneity, Listening, Yes And, Character, Scenes, Story and having fun with improvisation.
Beginners Improv Course
FAQ

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: I’ve never done any impro, comedy or acting before, I’ve never been on stage in my life, is that OK?
A: Yes that’s perfect, this course has been designed for total beginners so you’d be very welcome.

Q: What if I can’t make every week?
A: That’s fine, we’re happy to talk you through what you missed out on earlier the next week. We have distinct topics each week so you won’t be behind if you’ve missed a week, as we’ll be teaching new stuff each week.

Q: What if I’m running late?
A: We’ll be starting each session at 7pm, but if you’re held up at work or whatnot please come along anyway, we’d rather you turned up late than miss a session.

Q: Do I have to perform in front of an audience?
A: No. You will not be performing in front of an 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 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.

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: Does it matter what teacher I have?
A: No. Steve and Edgar founded Hoopla together, and they’ve been performing and working with Maria for five years. We plan the sessions together to make sure it’s the same experience and we are covering the same topics.

Q: What if I’ve already done some improv?
A: You might want to have a look at our Performance Improv Course or Narrative Long Form Course instead.

Q: Can I pay by instalments?
A: Yes. You can book and pay the £60 first instalment (non-refundable) and pay the remaining £60 once the course starts.

Q: What comes after this course?
A: Our Performance Improv Course is a natural follow on. You might also be interested in our Scenes Scenes Scenes short course, Long Form Course or our various Improv Classes.

Q: What makes this different from other courses?
A: It’s very welcoming to total beginners with no pressure, 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.

Available Dates:

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks, from Tuesday 21st October 2014, with Maria Peters. >> BOOK NOW
OR
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks, from Tuesday 28th October 2014, with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW
OR
Every Wednesday for 6 weeks, from Wed 5th November 2014, with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW
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.

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. Being Obvious.
- Trust.

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.

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.

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:

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks, from Tuesday 21st October 2014, with Maria Peters. >> BOOK NOW

OR

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks, from Tuesday 28th October 2014, with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW

OR

Every Wednesday for 6 weeks, from Wed 5th November 2014, with Steve Roe. >> BOOK NOW


Time: 7pm - 9:30pm.


Price: £120. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £60 followed by remaining £60 on the first week of the course.


Location: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, Off Brick Lane, London, E1 5LJ.


Tube: Liverpool St, Bank, Aldgate East or Shoreditch.


Ages: 18+



Teacher: Steve Roe, 28th Oct start and 5th Nov start.
Teacher: Maria Peters, October 21st start
Maria Peters is an improv veteran, recently back from intensive training at IO Theatre in Chicago.

She’s previously been Producer and Performer with Music Box Improv Musical.

She's worked with some of the world’s finest teachers of improv such as the legendary Keith Johnstone, Baby Wants Candy, the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York & Chicago’s famous IO.

Maria is currently performing in Breaking & Entering, improvised long-form with Lauren Shearing.

To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 10 years in learning & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria believes it’s paramount to put her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having a bloody good time.