• 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 Liverpool Street:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 10th September with Rhiannon Vivian. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th September with Steve Roe.  BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 13th September with Chris Mead. FULLY BOOKED.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street
  • £180
  • As above
Normally £200, 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 Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 17th September 2018 with Liam Brennan. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th September 2018 with Chris Mead. FULLY BOOKED.


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 20th September 2018 with James Witt. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge
  • £180
  • As above
Normally £200, 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 Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 17th September 2018 with Jinni Lyons. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 18th September 2018 with James Witt. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th September 2018 with Sally Hodgkiss. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 20th September 2018 with Susan Harrison. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £180
  • As above
Normally £200, 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.

who runs the course

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

Susan performs in the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Musical, performing on the West End and their international tours.

Chris Mead, improv teacher

Chris Mead

Chris performs with the awarding winning Maydays and sci-group Project2. He has trained internationally including at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre & The Hideout in Texas.

Sally Hodgkiss, improv teacher

Sally Hodgkiss

Sally performs with Bumper Blyton, The Committee, Actor's Nightmare, The Playground and Stephen Frost's Impro All Stars. She has trained at iO, UCB and Second City Chicago.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

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

Steve Roe Hoopla

Steve Roe

Steve is the Director and co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 14 years. He has trained with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from iO, UCB & more.

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.

Jinni Lyons, improv teacher

Jinni Lyons

Jinni performs in Bumper Blyton and has toured internationally with her solo show Jinni Lyons is an Only Child. She is also a teacher at The Actors Centre.

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.

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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