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Dates: Every Sunday for 6 weeks from Sunday 22nd April 2018 with breaks on bank holiday weekends, so full list of dates is Sunday 22nd April 2018, Sunday 29th April 2018, Sunday 13th May 2018, Sunday 20th May 2018, Sunday 3rd June 2018 and Sunday 10th June 2018.

Time: 11:30am - 2pm.

Price: £150.

Teacher: Maria Peters.

Workshop Location: The Nursery, Capital House, 6th Floor, 42 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QD.

Tube: London Bridge.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.

Character Course with Maria Peters

A brand new six week course about how to expand your character range and go beyond your default characters.

We all have certain characters that we go to in improv, from naturalistic to larger than life. Maria will be providing individual feedback to help you find new ways of improvising characters and expand your character range.

We’ll also be looking at how to go deep into character with a point of view and motivation so you don’t have to stop and think about what the character would say or do in scenes, you already know.

Maria will be teaching a variety of great tools to help find characters in improv including:

- Physicality.

- Inspiration from animals.

- Inspiration from inanimate objects.

- Leading with different body parts.

- Changing posture.

- Internal metronome.

- Tempo.

- Character idiosyncrasies.

- Character game.

- Vocal change.

- Motivation.

- Peas in a pod scenes.

- Positive scenes.

- Scenes where the characters know and like each other.

- Point of view.

- Emotion.

- Status.

- Character work applied to Twoprov.

We’ll be putting this all together to improvise fun yet believable characters that have depth, even the weirdest of weirdo characters have feelings too!

We’ll then be looking at how to hold your character in longer scenes as they are put into various situations with lots and lots of scene and character practice.

Most of all it’s going to be LOADS of fun in the run up to summer!

Fringe GuruRemote Goat1080 MagazineEdinburgh Guide

“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

“Most fun EVER at @hooplaimpro showcase tonight! On the bus home 6 hours later drunk on congratulatory drinks from other people! #Nocalories”

Helen, @treehouse1984

"Just wanted to say how much I loved this course, it really got me passionate about improv again, trying out a completely new style. I really loved it and my friends said that the show was amazing!"

Chloe Wittet

“Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!”


“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

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


Reviews & Testimonials


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People with previous improv or acting experience course who want to get better at improvising characters.

Q: How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?

A: You should have done at least our beginners improv course and performance course or a similar amount of improv or acting somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people totally new to improv or acting.

Q: What comes after this course?

A: We have a variety of other Advanced Improv Courses that would be suitable. We also have one day character workshops if you want some more practice.

Q: What if I’m running late?

A: We’ll be starting each session at 7pm. This is an advanced course and we’re trying to form a team, so please don’t book this course if you are likely to be late on a regular basis.

Q: What’s the class size?

A: Our workshops are usually 12-14 people, and a maximum of 16.

Q: Is there an end of course show?

A: Not on this course because we wanted to concentrate on character and thought an additional show format on top of this would be distracting, especially as it is a shorter course. However we are happy to help people find performing opportunities including many at our improv comedy club.

Q: Can I pay by instalments?

A: Yes. You can book and pay the £75 first instalment and pay the remaining £75 once the course starts.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.

Maria Peters


Maria Peters is an improv veteran, performing & studying improv for nearly 10 years.

She currently performs in Breaking & Entering, improvised long-form with Lauren Shearing, and also produces The Playground, one of Hoopla’s most popular ensemble nights.

If it was possible to get a PHD in Improv, Maria would have it. She has studied The Harold with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close.

She has also learned from the Godfather of British Improvisational theatre, Keith Johnstone. As well as instructors from world-renowned improv schools such as Chicago's Second City, iO and New York's Upright Citizens Brigade.

Maria is also a professional educator which means that having spent over 15 years in learning & development, she knows how to impart knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria believes in putting her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having ALL OF THE FUN.