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Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thu 4th June 2015 with Heather Urquhart. FULLY BOOKED
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Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 7th July 2015 with Katy Schutte. FULLY BOOKED
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 8th September 2015 with Steve Roe. FULLY BOOKED
Every Monday for 8 weeks from Mon 7th Sept with Maria Peters. FULLY BOOKED
Time: 7pm -
Price: £180. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £90 followed by the remaining £90 once the course starts.
Where: Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3DA.
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines).
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.
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-
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.
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:
Yes And, Yes Let’s.
Character & Relationships.
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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Steve Roe is the co-
Steve creates a friendly, fun & supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.
In 2010 Steve founded London’s first improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, the UK’s first ever improv comedy club, creating a vibrant community of performers and audience.
Hoopla’s Improv Comedy Club was recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph The Evening Standard and The Londonist.
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 House Band and regularly hosts Hoopla’s nights at The Miller, 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.
Maria Peters is an improv veteran, recently back from intensive training at IO Theatre in Chicago.
Maria is currently performing in Breaking & Entering, improvised long-
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.
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.
Jinni has performed both short-
For the past two years she has been improvising solo in Jinni Lyons is an Only Child, touring this year to festivals in Texas, Boston, Cambridge and Bristol.
After starting her improv training with Hoopla, she went on to learn from Cariad Lloyd (Austentatious), Mark Beltzman (co-
She is also a teacher at The Actors Centre, where she was a judge for this year's Alan Bates Bursary Award.
Katy Schutte (7th October Start Date)
Katy Schutte is one of the UK's top improvised comedy teachers and performers. She trained at Second City and iO Chicago, as well as with the Annoyance, UCB and more.
Katy has been performing and teaching with The Maydays for 11 years, is half of the two woman long form show Katy and Rach, and produces monthly comedy night Geekeasy with sci-
She has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and guested in the London and Liverpool Improvathons and with Grand Theft Impro.
Katy is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award.
She was the England coach for the Match Improvvisazione Teatrale in Italy, taking England to the world semi-
Q: What comes after this course?
A: Our Performance Improv Course is a natural follow on.
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 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. You’ll get more out of the workshop if you’re there at 7pm though, as that’s when we discuss the theme for the evening and also do all of our warm ups.
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 -
Q: What is it?
A: Improv. Teams of people, including you, playing together to improvise scenes, sketches, games and stories. It’s not stand-
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. We all come from similar performing and training backgrounds. 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?
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.
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