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Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 21st March. Performance on Thursday 10th May 2018.


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 20th March. FULLY BOOKED.

Times: 7pm - 9:30pm.

Workshop Venue: Theatre Delicatessen, 2 Finsbury Avenue (off Whitecross Place), London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

Show Venue: Hoopla at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.

Tube: London Bridge.

Price: £220. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £120 once the course starts.

Teacher: Ruth Bratt.

The Improvised Play Course with Ruth Bratt

Ruth is a founder member of the Olivier award winning Showstoppers the Improvised Musical. She is also currently appearing in the BAFTA Award Winning People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three and BBC Two).

She also a member of improv shows The Glenda J Collective, The Comedy Store Players, The Playground, Ghost Couple, Panthercannon, The Actor’s Nightmare and more.

Basically, she’s an AMAZING improviser! And she’s here to do a course with Hoopla!

Ruth is going to be teaching what she is most passionate about: The Improvised Play.

In the course you’ll be forgetting the "rules" and instead discovering what is right in front of you in the present moment without inventing anything. Ruth will be encouraging improvisers to explore greater movement, emotion, relationships and connection on stage and connect scenes together to create a theatrical improvised play.

You’ll be discovering and following your own impulses on stage and letting the story develop naturally in the moment.

We’ll progressing together as a team before shaping what we learn into a brand new show.

Only suitable for people with previous long-form improv or acting experience. If you haven’t got previous long-form or acting experience it’s best to do our long-form course first.

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

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 long-form improv or acting experience who want to improvise plays.

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

A: You should have done our long-form improv course or a similar amount of improv or acting somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people new to improv or acting.

Q: Is this similar to Chris Mead’s Improvised Theatre course?

A: Yes. We were tempted to call it the same thing but have decided to have this one as a separate course so that Ruth is free to teach her own thing.

Q: What comes after this course?

A: We have a variety of other Advanced Improv Courses that would be suitable.

Q: What if I can’t make every week?

A: As we’re forming a team over the course to do performances at the end it’s best not to miss more than two sessions over the course. Please don’t book the course if you’re likely to miss more than two sessions.

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: The group size is going to be limited to 16 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.

Q: Where is the show?

A: The show takes place at our improv comedy club, Hoopla at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.

Q: Do I have to perform in the show at the end?

A: No. The show is optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the show.

Q: Can I pay by instalments?

A: Yes. You can book and pay the £100 first instalment (non-refundable) and pay the remaining £120 once the course starts.

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

Ruth Bratt


With her comedy partner Lucy Trodd, Ruth was commissioned to write and star in a four part series for BBC Radio 4 based on their 2012 Edinburgh show Trodd en Bratt.

The first series was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for best scripted comedy.

She also regularly appears in improv shows The Glenda J Collective with Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans & Cariad Lloyd, Actor’s Nightmare The Improvised Play at Hoopla, The Playground, Panthercannon, Ghost Couple, and the world’s longest running improv show The Comedy Store Players.

Ruth has performed in seven London 50 hour Improvathons, two of the 50 hour Soapathons in Edmonton, Canada, and in improvathons at the Bristol Jam (Bristol Old Vic) and the Cork Festival.

Ruth first came to prominence when she was runner-up in the prestigious nationwide Babycham Funny Women stand up competition in 2005.  In 2006 she co-starred with Kirsten O’Brien in Lesley’s Lunch Hour and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since. Edinburgh 2008 saw her first one-woman show with And On Your Left…Ruth Bratt and she also performed and produced The Reduced Edinburgh Fringe Impro Show.

Ruth has taught improvisation at LAMDA, GSA and The Bridge (where she also trained), and has run workshops in the UK, Italy and Austria.

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

Ruth is a founder member of the OLIVIER award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Musical, the first improvised show to appear on the West End and also Radio 4.

She is also currently appearing in the BAFTA Award Winning People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three and BBC Two).

Other TV credits include Man Down (Channel 4), The Ministry of Curious Stuff (CBBC), Fast & Loose (BBC 2), and with Ricky Gervais in Derek (Channel 4).

She voiced several characters in both series of the BBC comedy Mongrels and also plays Marion in Sarah Millican’s hit series for BBC Radio 4, Sarah Millican’s Support Group.



- Discovering instead of inventing.

- Bringing the stage to life with movement and staging.

- Making scenes and dialogue matter.

- Emotional scenes.  

- Playing strong relationships.

- Creating theatrical improvisation.

- Being in the moment.

- Forgetting the "rules" and discovering what is right in front of you without inventing anything.

- Having a strong emotional connection between you and your scene partner.

- Going moment by moment with each other.

- Discovering and following your own impulses on stage and letting the story develop naturally in the moment.

- Connecting scenes together to make an improvised play.