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Dates: Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th September 2018.

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm each week.

Teacher: Susan Harrison.

Price: £190. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £95 once the course starts.

Venue: The Pauline Quirke Academy (previously known as Poor School), 242 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9JY.

Tube: Kings Cross.


Character Course with Susan Harrison

A new eight week course to explore different characters in improv and go beyond your default characters.

We all have certain characters that we go to in improv, from naturalistic to larger than life. Sue will be providing fun energetic exercises and helpful feedback to help you to get out of your comfort zone and find new ways of improvising characters and expand your character range.

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

- Physicality.

- Inspiration from animals.

- Leading with different body parts.

- Changing posture.

- Internal metronome.

- Tempo.

- Character idiosyncrasies.

- Character game.

- Vocal change.

- Accents.

- Inspiration from inanimate objects.

- Motivations and Objectives.

- Peas in a pod scenes.

- Point of view.

- Emotion.

- Relationships.

- Status.

- Drawing characters from real life.

We’ll be putting this all together to improvise fun yet believable characters that have depth, as 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 with a fun and energetic teaching style.


Fringe Guru Remote Goat 1080 Magazine Edinburgh 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 £95 first instalment and pay the remaining £95 once the course starts.


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.