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Hoopla are going to be teaching improvised comedy at a different venue around the UK & Ireland every Sunday throughout the whole of 2012, as part of our mission to grow improv around the UK and support the flourishing improv community.
Hoopla Improv Classes UK & Ireland Tour
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Anywhere in the UK, get in touch and we’ll make it happen.
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Improv in North America is hugely popular, with established improv theatres like Second City, IO and Upright Citizens Brigade in most major cities. Almost every University in North America has its own improv group, and it’s also extremely popular in schools and in corporate training. Until recently improv in the UK has been languishing behind North America. However over the couple of years improv has exploded in the UK, with the number of performing groups and workshops more than doubling every year. There are now over 40 regularly performing groups in London alone, made up from a vibrant community of improvisers, actors and comedians working together in an art form they love. It’s now possible to watch an improv show or do an improv workshop every single night of the week in London. This rapid rise in the popularity has enabled Hoopla to establish the UK’s first ever Improvised Comedy Club, at The Miller in London Bridge, with different improv groups performing there every Tuesday and Wednesday night to a large audience. Hoopla have helped grow a lively creative scene at The Miller, with a dynamic community of performers working together to raise the standard of improvisation and continue to grow a mainstream audience. Hoopla believe that now is the time to help grow the popularity of improv further outside London, to raise its profile across the UK and spread skills and support out of the capital. We’re going to be teaching improv to a new audience at Arts Centres, Theatres, Comedy Clubs, Universities, Schools and Colleges across the UK. We’re also going to be connecting current improv groups across the UK, in collaboration with The Crunchy Frog. In addition to teaching initial one-off workshops we’re interested in building long term relationships, with us offering ongoing support, to help grow flourishing communities with a shared passion for improvisation and comedy, as part of the larger UK improv community.
Growing Improvisation Across the UK & Ireland
We believe improvisation, comedy and acting are things everyone can do, not just professional performers. You don’t have to be David Beckham to enjoy playing football down the park, but some people miss out on the joy of acting unless they think they’ll be the next Brad Pitt! Improvisation is the perfect introduction to comedy and drama. Participants get to do all the fun bits of drama and comedy without the commitment of regular rehearsals or learning lines. You don’t have to have any acting, writing, comedy or improv experience to take part. We fluidly adapt our workshops to everyone’s background and experience. Our workshops are open to everybody, of all ages and backgrounds. You don’t even have to be clever, fast or funny! Improvisation can increase everyone’s confidence, spontaneity, creativity, teamwork and listening skills. It’s also exceptionally helpful for actors, writers and comedians, and can be used to create improvised shows and improve overall performance skills. Experienced improvisers can also learn some cool new skills that have been popping up in London. Our workshops are incredibly fun and enjoyable. We create a really safe, fun and playful atmosphere and there will be a lot of laughter released in the room!
Making Improvisation Accessible for Everyone
All workshops will be led by Steve Roe, who is the co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over six years. He teaches improvisation to adults every Monday, Thursday and Saturday in London and has experience of teaching beginners, experienced improvisers, stand up comics, drama school students and professional actors. He has also taught improvisation to younger students at Imperial College London, South East Essex College, and various Secondary Schools and Primary Schools. He has taught improvisation to corporate clients including Ignite and ITV. Hoopla have hosted guest teachers from around the world including The Chicago Improv Associates and Jay Rhoderick from The Upright Citizens Brigade, and also studied with Keith Johnstone. Steve currently performs and produces Music Box the Improvised Musical (5 Stars – Fringe Guru, 5 Stars – Remote Goat). He has previously performed with The Maydays (5 Stars – Three Weeks) and various other shows across London’s improv scene. In 2010 Steve founded the UK’s first improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, creating a vibrant community of performers and growing a large repeat audience. He books, produces and promotes improvised comedy shows every Tuesday and Wednesday. This included a recent Edinburgh preview season that supported acts that went on to win major Edinburgh awards. Since starting Hoopla in 2006, Steve has grown it into being one of the largest improvisation companies in the country and has been influential in the rapidly growing improv scene in the UK.
Directed by Steve Roe from Hoopla
Please contact us for bookings or to find out more details.
Steve Roe, email@example.com, 0797 697 5348.
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