• Level 2: Performance Improv Course

performance improv course

An 8 week improv course to gently introduce you into performing improv live on stage for the first time, with an end of course show of short-form games and scenes.

This course is designed to follow on from our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course so isn’t a massive leap, and many of the people on it will have come directly from our beginners course.

Over the course you’ll learn how to perform a show of improvised games & scenes 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 in front of a friendly audience.

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

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next available dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 14th January 2019 with Liam Brennan, plus performance on Monday 11th March 2019. BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 15th January 2019 with Liam Brennan, plus performance on Tuesday 12th March 2019. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate.
  • £195
  • As above
£195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 21st January 2019 with James Witt, plus performance on Tuesday 19th March 2019. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £195
  • As above
£195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 6th February 2019 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Thursday 28th March 2018. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge
  • £195
  • As above
£195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Jinni Lyons, improv teacher

Jinni Lyons

Jinni performs in Bumper Blyton and has toured internationally with her solo show Jinni Lyons is an Only Child. She is also a teacher at The Actors Centre.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam performs in Science of Living Things, Fright Night & Improv Crystal Maze and directs many of our new shows. He has trained at UCB and iO.

Steve Roe

Steve Roe

Steve is the Director and co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 14 years. He has trained with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from iO, UCB & more.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in The Dreamweaver Quartet, Music Box and Newsical. James trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and Drama.

what's included

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 gradually building up to a show.

You’ll be rehearsing with the same people regularly every week so you progress together. As a committed supportive team you’ll be helping each other to perform in your first ever improv show.

The focus will be on performing as a team, with us teaching using our  experience of performing and directing improv at our venue.

We’ll be helping and encouraging you all the way to your first show. Invite 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 even available on an ongoing basis after the course to help give support to performing improvisers and have loads of great ongoing performance opportunities for people who have done our courses.

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.

Improv Basics Recap

  • Teamwork and support
  • Active listening
  • Offers and agreement
  • Yes And
  • Spontaneity
  • Commitment


Establishing Location

  • Building a physical environment
  • Object work
  • Activities, actions, entrances
  • Staging to make scenes look cool


Establishing Relationship & Character

  • Identifying each other in scenes
  • Building believable relationships
  • Emotional reactions and commitment
  • Being altered
  • Talking to each other about each other
  • Being obvious and responding realistically
  • Being truthful and honest on stage
  • Fun ways to create instant character

Scene Structure

  • Performing scenes from simple suggestions
  • Who, what, where
  • Justifying and incorporating mistakes
  • Spotting what a scene is about
  • Game of the scene and patterns
  • Escalating emotions and other fun things in a scene
  • Reincorporating to find an ending


Show Games and Performance Skills

  • Performing a variety of great short-form games
  • Physical, verbal, character and story games
  • How to get out of pre-show nerves
  • Show rehearsals
  • Confidence and having fun with performing in front of an audience


Most of all…….


Playing and having lots of fun with improv!