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Date: Saturday 16th September 2017. >> BOOK NOW

Time: 11:30am - 4pm.

Price: £36.

Teacher: Suki Webster.

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

Tube: Moorgate, Liverpool Street or Bank.

Date: Saturday 30th September 2017. >> BOOK NOW

Time: 11:30am - 4pm.

Price: £36.

Teacher: Steve Roe.

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

Tube: London Bridge.


Character Improv Classes

Intensive one day workshop focussing on improvising comedic characters.

Improvise more characters than you’ve ever done in your life. Get away from your default characters and open up some new characters you haven’t experienced before. Games and techniques for improvising fun believable characters from scratch.

One day class aiming to make you awesome at improvising characters.

If you haven’t done any improv or acting before it’s best to start with our Beginners Improv Course or Beginners Improv Class first.

We’re now doing two character workshops in September because it’s our favourite workshop!


We will be covering some of the following on the day, the exact topics vary from workshop to workshop:


- Fun and playful warm ups.

- Core improv skills including listening, yes and, spontaneity, letting go and having fun.

- Finding character through changing physicality.

- Mirroring and listening to find character.

- Finding character through emotion.

- Finding character through genre choices.

- Emotionally charged characters.

- Reactions and emotional sounds.

- Spontaneous characters.

- Posture, Gestures, Mannerisms, Gait, Movement, Voice.

- Tempo.

- Finding character through animals.

- Point of view. Attitude. Beliefs.

- Adding instant depth to cliched characters.

- Using your life to inspire character. Hot-spots.

- Status.

- Objectives and finding character depth.

- Moving beyond your default characters.

- Patterns of behaviour and mannerisms.

- ‘Outside-In’ and ‘Inside-Out’ Methods.

Exact topics vary from workshop to workshop as we adapt our teaching to each group.


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People who’ve done some improv or acting before and want to focus on improvising characters. If you haven’t done any improv or acting before it’s best to start with our Beginners Improv Course first or Beginners Improv Class.

Q: Have you done this course before?

A: Yes. We’ve been doing it on a regular basis for over 8 years.

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: Is there a lunch break?

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

Q: What follow up classes are there?

A: You might also be interested in our Scenes Improv Workshop, Narrative or our 8 Week Improv Courses.

“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

“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

“My imagination has been given a serious workout this weekend with the @hooplaimpro course.”


“The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.”

The Evening Standard

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.

“Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!”

PR Manager, Comedy Central

Reviews and Testimonials:

Suki Webster

Suki performs with The Comedy Store Players and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, two of the most successul impro shows in the country.

She also performs in Guest Speaker, one of Hoopla’s most popular shows.

Radio credits include BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute and The Impro Musical on BBC Radio 2.

Recently she appeared in the West End run of One Word Improv with Eddie Izzard, Stephen Frost and Neil Mullarkey.

Suki also appeared in Keith Johnstone’s Lifegame at The National Theatre with Improbable Theatre Company.

Writing credits include The Birth of Hollywood for BBC 2, and Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema.

She regularly tours internationally with Paul Merton’s Impro Chums.

“A masterful demonstration of improvised comedy” The Daily Telegraph

“Every year they bring the house down… a testimony to their brilliance and consistency…you could see this every night and never tire of it” Mirror.

“These are masters of their craft and there wasn’t a dull moment . Terrific fun” – Manchester Evening News.

Steve Roe

Steve Roe is the co-founder and Director of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 10 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 improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, helping to create 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 Story Kitchen TheatreSports and Music Box 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.