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Next Available Dates in London Bridge:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th June 2017 with Heather Urquhart, plus performance on Tuesday 25th July 2017. >> BOOK NOW

OR

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th June 2017 with Sophie Pumphrey, plus performance on Wednesday 2nd August 2017. >> BOOK NOW

OR

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 30th March 2017 with Chris Mead, plus performance on Thursday 25th May 2017. FULLY BOOKED

OR

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 28th March 2017 with Lauren Shearing, plus performance on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. FULLY BOOKED

OR

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 5th April 2017 with Sophie Pumphrey, plus performance on Wednesday 31st May 2017. FULLY BOOKED


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

Venue: Capital House, 6th Floor, 42 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QD.

Tube: London Bridge.

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


Next Available Dates in King’s Cross:


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 6th June 2017 with Sophie Pumphrey, plus performance on Tuesday 1st August 2017. >> BOOK NOW


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

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

Tube: King’s Cross.

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


All end of course performances take place at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London, SE1 3SS.

Fringe Guru Remote Goat 1080 Magazine Edinburgh Guide

Performance Improv Course


An 8 week improv course to train improvisers to performance standard, with showcase performance at the end.


Taught by regular performers at our Improv Comedy Club, recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, The Londonist and The Evening Standard.


Over a course of regular weekly workshops you’ll learn how to perform a show of improvised games, scenes, stories and sketches, using a mix of short-form and scene based improv techniques.


You’ll progress each week with your team of fellow improvisers, before performing in a show together at our Improv Comedy Club, and launching yourself onto the UK improv scene.

Course Contents


Each session consists of some fun and friendly warm ups, then some exercises on some of the core skills of improvisation, followed by having some fun with performance games & scenes.


We’ll be covering loads of improv topics as part of the course including:


- Improv essentials

- Active Listening and Awareness

- Offers and Agreement

- Yes And

- Spontaneity

- Commitment

- Performance games

- Scenes

- Charcter

- Emotional Reactions

- Building believable relationships

- Being Altered

- Being Obvious

- Mistakes

- Justification

- Reincorporation

- Teamwork

- Play

- Building captivating life-like platforms

- Building a physical environment

- Actions, Activities, Entrances

- Creating Instant Characters

- Emotional commitment

- Exciting Scene Work

- Short-Form Performance Games

- Game of the Scene

- Staging

- Putting a Show Together

- Show Rehearsals

- Performance Confidence

- Having Fun in Front of an Audience.

- Playing about and having fun!


We can also help people form performing groups after the course.



“A quick paced, inventive and witty show.

The Edinburgh Guide


“Chemistry between cast meant it was like funniest night amongst friends.”

Camden New Journal


“A Comedy Masterclass.”

The Post


“Lively, sharp, superior improvised fun!”

Remote Goat


“A hilarious, high energy show full of great songs, clever plot twists, and weird and wonderful characters.”

Accidental Festival


“Inventive improvisation and clever comedy!”

Three Weeks


“A lovely, funny and slick night of improvised comedy by a talented group.”

Earl's Court Festival


“Left me helpless with laughter”

Fringe Guru


“This contemporary off-the-cuff comedy will make you laugh your heart out!”

Three Weeks


“Poetic and contemporary, the hour of entertainment flies by.”

The New Current


“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to The Miller by London Bridge for Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.”

The Londonist


“The group accomplished the show with panache, wit and an impressive degree of professionalism.”

The Londonist


“Keeling the crowd into fits of laughter.”

Ten Eighty Magazine


“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!”

@Rbethley


“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.”

@KittProudfoot


Reviews & Testimonials



You’ll be rehearsing with the same people regularly every week, so you progress each week, getting to know each other and building up a relationship with your team-mates and the director. As a committed team you’ll be helping each other to perform in your first ever improv show.


We’ll be teaching you how to perform a show of improvised games, scenes, stories and sketches, using a mix of short-form and scene based improv techniques.


The focus will be on performing as a team, with us teaching using our huge experience of performing, producing and directing improv and running our own venue. At each rehearsal you’ll be doing some fun warm ups, some core improv exercises, and then lots of performance style games and scenes with lots of hints and tips from us.


We’ll be helping and encouraging you all the way to your first show.


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.


We’ll be doing performances at The Miller with a maximum of 7 people acting in each show half so they don’t get overcrowded and you can get a large amount of stage time. Invite all your friends and family and share your love of improv.


In addition to the classes we’re always available to give further advice and have a chat about future performing possibilities. We’ll be able to advise people on things like starting their own groups, places to perform, show formats, promoting, and starting their own improv nights. We’re available on an ongoing basis after the course to help give support to performing improvisers.


Overall we hope to give you everything you need to get out into the world of performing for yourself, and will help kick-start you into whatever you want to do.


FAQ


Q: Is there a follow on after this course?

A: Our Long Form Course is the best follow on.


Q: What comes before this course?

It’s best to do our Beginners Improv Course first if you haven’t done any improv before.


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People who’ve done our Beginners Improv Course already, or some other similar improv or acting workshops, and are looking to perform in their first ever improv show.


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

A: Our beginners improv course, or a similar level of experience somewhere else in improv or acting. If you’re not sure please contact us to ask.


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 one session over the course. If you think you’ll miss more than one sessions over the course please wait until another time to do the course. You may not be able to do the show if you miss more than one session.


Q: What if I’m running late?

A: You’ll get the most from the course if you’re there each week at 7pm, and it helps us to form a team together. If you’re likely to be late regularly please don’t book the course.


Q: What is the class size?

A: 14 people maximum.


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 shows.


Q: Can I pay by instalments?

A: Yes. You can book and pay the £95 first instalment (non-refundable) and pay the remaining £95 once the course starts.


Q: What makes this different from other courses?

A: Awesome showcase performance at the end, ongoing support and mentoring, taught by the performers at London’s leading improv comedy club with huge amounts of experience of performing, producing and directing successful shows.


Q: Where is the performance?

A: Shows are at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.


Next Available Dates:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th June 2017 with Heather Urquhart, plus performance on Tuesday 25th July 2017. >> BOOK NOW


OR


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 6th June 2017 with Sophie Pumphrey, plus performance on Tuesday 1st August 2017. >> BOOK NOW


OR


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th June 2017 with Sophie Pumphrey, plus performance on Wednesday 2nd August 2017. >> BOOK NOW


Sophie Pumphrey







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Sophie started first trained in improv over 10 years ago with Alan Marriott, the founder of The Crunchy Frog Collective, Grand Theft Impro and the first London TheatreSports.

Since then has worked with many other wonderful teachers like Susan Messing (IO, Annoyance), Rachel Mason (IO, Second City), and Colleen Doyle and Jason Schotts of Dummy.


She has trained at The Actors Temple in Meisner-based techniques of acting and also with Peta Lily and Jon Davison in clowning.


She is also a teaches English as a foreign language professionally, including recently working in South Korea.


She has set up and performed in various improvised comedy groups including the fabulous Made Up Like Tarts and C3467x, the fable-making Fat Perm duo, and is currently starring in the satirical BIGNOW! in and around London.

Heather Urquhart








She has co-written a book on improv and produced a series of associated podcasts.


She's also a performer with Brighton’s satirical comedy sketch company ‘The Treason Show’ since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade, New York Dollies and The Fiction Aisle.


She was awarded Best Female Performer, Brighton Festival and Fringe Awards 2013.


Next Available Dates:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th June 2017. >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 6th June 2017. >> BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th June.

>> BOOK NOW

Heather trained in Physical Theatre and started a lifelong affair with improv in 2004 after joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson.


Since 2006 she has been a performer and director with the award winning Maydays.


Heather also performs with the Olivier Award winning ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’, the UK's most successful improv show with West End runs and various UK tours.