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Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th September, plus performance on Thursday 1st November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 13th September with Maria Peters, plus performance on Tuesday 6th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 15th May 2018 with James Witt, plus performance on Monday 9th July 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 14th May 2018 with Alison Goldie, with break for Bank Holiday,  plus performance on Tuesday 10th July 2018. FULLY BOOKED.


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

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, next to 2 Finsbury Avenue (off Whitecross Place), London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

Price: £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 Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 18th September 2018 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Thursday 8th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th September 2018, plus performance on Tuesday 13th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 7th June 2018 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Saturday 28th July 2018. FULLY BOOKED.


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

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

Tube: London Bridge.

Price: £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 17th September 2018, plus performance on Tuesday 6th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 6th June 2018 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Monday 30th July 2018. FULLY BOOKED.


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

Venue: The Poor School, 242 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9JY.

Tube: Kings Cross.

Price: £195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.



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.

“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 £100 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 in London Bridge:


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 18th September 2018 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Thursday 8th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th September 2018, plus performance on Tuesday 13th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 17th September 2018, plus performance on Tuesday 6th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th September, plus performance on Thursday 1st November 2018. >> BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 13th September with Maria Peters, plus performance on Tuesday 6th November 2018. >> BOOK NOW



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.




Steve Roe









He has also taught improv at Imperial College London, East 15 Drama School and Oxford University, and to corporate clients including Comedy Central, Apple, BBC and ITV.


In 2010 Steve founded the UK’s first ever improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, helping to create a vibrant community of performers and audience.


Steve has studied improv with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from IO, Patti Styles from Improv Melbourne, Shawn Kinley from Loose Moose, The Annoyance, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Fooling with Jonathan Kay and Clown with Mick Barnfather.


He continues to support countless other shows that have popped up from Hoopla workshops and is influential in growing the UK’s improv scene.


Steve Roe is the co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over ten years.


Steve creates a friendly, fun & supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.


Steve has experience of teaching beginners, experienced improvisers, stand ups, drama school students and professional actors.

If it was possible to get a PHD in Improv, Maria would have it. She has studied The Harold with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close.


She has also learned from the Godfather of British Improvisational theatre, Keith Johnstone. As well as instructors from world-renowned improv schools such as Chicago's Second City, iO and New York's Upright Citizens Brigade.


Maria is also a professional educator which means that having spent over 15 years in learning & development, she knows how to impart knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.


Maria believes in putting her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having ALL OF THE FUN.

Maria Peters

Maria Peters is an improv veteran, performing & studying improv for nearly 10 years.


She currently performs in Breaking & Entering, improvised long-form with Lauren Shearing, and also produces The Playground, one of Hoopla’s most popular nights.