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Available Dates:

Saturday 9th June 2018 with Chris Mead. >> BOOK NOW

Saturday 30th June 2018 with Susan Harrison. >> BOOK NOW

Saturday 21st July 2018. >> BOOK NOW

Time: 11:30am - 4pm.

Price: £35.

Maximum Class Size: 14.

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen, 1st Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

Ages: 18+.

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Beginners Improv Classes

A fun and friendly one day introduction to improv including Listening, Yes And, Spontaneity, Character, Scenes, Games and having fun improvising. No experience in acting, comedy or improv needed whatsoever. You don’t need to be clever or funny!

Hoopla offer one of the most fun and friendly environments to learn improvisation in the UK. Hoopla create a friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.


- Having fun improvising.

- Fun and friendly warm ups.

- Confidence on stage.

- Active Listening. Putting your attention on the other actor.

- Yes And. Yes Let’s.

- Accepting and Building on Offers.

- Being Obvious.

- Being present in the moment.

- Spontaneity.

- Letting yourself go, going for it, playing.

- Having fun with incorporating mistakes.

- Platforms. Location, Character, Relationship.

- Physical Improv.

- Introduction to Characters.

- Improvising Games.

- Introduction to Improvising Scenes.

- Introduction to Improvising Stories.

- Working together as a team.

Most of all having tonnes of fun improvising in a friendly, safe and supportive environment.

Available Dates:

Saturday 9th June 2018. >> BOOK NOW

Saturday 30th June 2018. >> BOOK NOW

Saturday 21st July 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People with no previous experience of improv, or limited experience. You don’t need any improv, acting or comedy experience whatsoever to do this class. You don’t have to be clever or funny either! Everyone is welcome.

Q: What’s the best follow up to this workshop?

A: Our Beginners Improv Course is  the best follow up, it’s a longer 8 week course that goes into greater depth.

Q: How much improv should I have done before doing this class?

A: You don’t need to have done anything at all before starting this class.

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 class has been designed for total beginners so you’d be very welcome.

Q: Will you be doing it again?

A: Yes, please see dates above for confirmed dates and we’ll also announce future dates on our twitter, facebook and email list.

Q: How big is the class size?

A: Maximum of 14 people, we find this works as it’s big enough to create a fun atmosphere but small enough that you get lots of time to play with each exercises.

Q: Is there a break?

A: Yes there’s a lunch break around 1:30pm and also a few smaller breaks over the day.

Q: What makes this different from other classes?

A: It’s very welcoming and supportive to total beginners with no pressure, and lots of fun. There are loads of laughs and it’s hugely enjoyable.

Available Dates:

Saturday 9th June 2018 with Chris Mead. >> BOOK NOW

Saturday 30th June 2018. >> BOOK NOW

Saturday 21st July 2018. >> BOOK NOW

“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

“Want to do something different, meet new people and have a laugh in London? Look no further than @hooplaimpro improv course. Perfect w/e fun” @JoeRevill

“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 say a massive thank you to you for running such a fab course this weekend! I had a fantastic time, with a brilliant group of people, and my enthusiasm for Improv has been well and truly reignited! Can't wait for the next workshop!"

Kate O'Connor

"I just wanted to thank you for the most amazing day - (We came as a small group from Kingston - The Rose,) last week.  You are a brilliant teacher and are able to 'bring the best out' in all.  I have a high regard for the way you work." Julia

“Just wanted to say thank you  for a fabulous workshop on Saturday. It was so refreshing to have such a brilliant  group of like minded individuals to play with and to be directed and stretched by such a good teacher. I have gone back to work with a spring in my step!” Helen

Reviews and Testimonials:

Teacher: Chris Mead


Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, The Magnet, Baby Wants Candy and The Hideout in Austin, TX.

He has also studied with teachers from Second City and UCB, and with veteran teams Baby Wants Candy, Beer Shark Mice, Dummy and Parallelogramophonograph.

He regularly performs with his sci-fi long-form team Project 2 and also Geekeasy, Destination and The Maydays.

He coaches The Science of Living Things, one of Hoopla’s most popular regular shows at The Miller, and a variety of other longform troupes in and around London.

Away from improv, Chris co-writes, performs and produces cult Doctor Who comedy podcast The Ood Cast, which attracts thousands of listeners worldwide.

Chris is the director of Faith, hope & gaffertape theatre company who work with young performers around the country to perform musicals and is a trustee of The Nursery Theatre.

Susan Harrison


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

She has taken four Character shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, with her show “Creatures” winning a ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award.

TV work includes 2 series of BAFTA nominated sketch show Definitely Not News-round for CBBC and series 2 and 3 of BAFTA nominated sketch show Class Dismissed, also for CBBC.

She also performs with Beings and hosts Cabarera, a regular cabaret night of characters and improv.

She trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Sally Hodgkiss

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.

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.