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King’s Cross:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 11th April 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 5th April 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm.

Price: £200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

Teacher: Chris Mead (with guest teacher for one week).

Workshop Location: The Poor School, 242 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9JY.

Tube: King’s Cross.

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

Improvised Theatre with Chris Mead

A brand new course with Chris Mead.

8 week course with a performance at the end.

Chris will be focusing on what he is most passionate about; creating improvised theatre with a show that looks like scripted theatre. A course inspired by the shows of TJ & Dave, Dummy and Dasiriski.

Performing emotionally connected scenes where laughter is a possibility but not the only response we want from the audience. Improv that focuses on relationships and interaction between human beings.

We'll be breaking out of the rules of improv to focus on people going on stage with nothing and discovering everything they need right there in the moment in the relationship with their scene partner.

Scenes about how amazing it is to be alive and how interesting, funny, difficult and delightful life can be. We'll aim to not just be funny but also be profound, delightful, sad and moving with improv that provokes emotions.

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

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

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


We’ll be covering a variety of topics and themes over the course, and also responding to the needs of the group.

- Emotional connection.

- Playing the truth of the scene.

- Making beautiful scenes.

- Being grounded and naturalistic.

- Playing longer scenes.

- Finding moments of play.

- Playing the relationship of the scene.

- Bringing yourself to the stage.

- Playing with silence.

- Stage pictures and stage craft.

- Great acting for improvisers.

- Discovering rather than inventing.

- Sense of stage craft and theatricality.

- Importance of being specific.

- Starting positive.

- Sense of theatricality and stagecraft.

- Playing emotional life events.

- Organically created emotionally connected scenes.

- Creating your own show formats as a group.

The exact topics and themes will vary depending on the group and will be developed as the course goes on.

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 who want to learn and experiment with a new style.

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

A: You should have done our beginners improv course and 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: 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 14 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, 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 £100 once the course starts.

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

Chris Mead


Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and The Hideout in Austin, Texas, as well as almost every improv school in London.

He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College and University of London.

He has performed at various improv festivals internationally including Austin Texas, Norway, Barcelona and Dublin.

Chris improvises with the award winning Maydays, sci-fi group Project2 and has recently co-founded Sonder, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form.

Chris co-produces Geekeasy, one of the most popular regular nights at Hoopla’s Improv Theatre.

He is one of the Artistic Directors of The Nursery Theatre.

He also hosts YesBot, a podcast dedicated to the theory and craft of improv (but with added exploding robots).