Hoopla offer one of the most fun places to learn and play with improv in the UK.
We create a friendly, fun, sociable and supportive atmosphere in all our improv courses where people are free to play and be themselves.
You don’t need any previous experience in improv, comedy or acting to take part in one of our beginners improv courses.
Our courses are incredibly fun, sociable and enjoyable. We create a really safe, trusting, supportive and playful atmosphere and there is a lot of laughter in the room!
Impro is based upon people being present, playful and spontaneous in the moment.
Improvisation is the ultimate team game, with actors working together, listening to each other, and building on each other’s ideas to create whole new stories and scenes in the moment.
Improvisers don’t have to be individually clever, fast or funny. Impro is more about collaboratively working and playing together to build a greater whole. It’s a team game.
Improv is based on the foundations of Listen, Yes And, Commit.
From these foundations improvisers work together to create exciting and captivating scenes, sketches and stories.
The improv scene in the UK is growing rapidly, with more and more shows forming each year with various styles and formats.
Hoopla was founded in January 2006 by Steve Roe and Edgar Fernando, two old school friends who have known each other since they were 4 years old.
Hoopla founded the UK’s first ever Improv Comedy Club at The Miller in London Bridge, recently recommended by Time Out, The Evening Standard and The Londonist.
“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-
Hoopla currently run around 15 workshops a week, a mix of courses and one-
All of Hoopla’s teachers are also highly experienced performers who have performed with improv groups across the London improv scenes and Edinburgh Fringe.
Suitable for Everyone
Our courses are open to all. Our improv courses are suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced improvisers.
We’ve worked with total beginners, experienced improvisers, drama school students, stand-
We get people from all backgrounds as it's a great place to relax after work and do all the fun bits of drama and impro without the commitment of regular rehearsals or learning lines.
Our courses are a great introduction to the world of impro, comedy and drama.
You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever. You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny.
Q. What course is best for me if I haven’t done anything before?
A. The Beginners Improv Course is the best option if you haven’t done anything before.
Q. What course is best for me if I’ve done some improv or acting before?
Q. I’ve never done any acting, improv or comedy before, is that ok?
A. Yes, that’s definitely OK. Our Beginners Improv Course is really suited to people who haven’t had any experience before and you’ll be enjoying it in no time.
Q. What kind of people do your classes?
A. All manner of backgrounds, all ages and all levels of performing experience depending on each course. We get everyone from never been on a stage before and doing it for the challenge or just for fun, to professional actors and comedians. You don’t need any previous acting background to do our courses. Everyone’s welcome.
Q. Who teaches the classes?
A. Our teachers include Steve Roe, Maria Peters, Katy Schutte, Edgar Fernando, Heather Urquhart, Chris Mead, Jinni Lyons, Jon Monkhouse, Sophie Pumphrey and more. We make sure all of our teachers are also highly experienced improv performers. Their biographies are listed on each course page or at Teacher Biographies.
Q. What are the class sizes?
A. We limit the course sizes to 14 people, so that the class is small enough that you get lots of time on stage but big enough that there is a fun atmosphere.
Q: What is the average age?
A. We are open to all ages over 18. Impro is suitable for all ages, we’ve had everyone from 18 to over 80. It’s physical but not more physical than normal every day life, and you are welcome to take a break whenever you want or sit out of exercises you don’t think would be suitable. We haven’t got any exact records but the average age is probably somewhere within 25 to 36.
Q: Are you accessible to wheelchair users?
A: Yes. If you use a wheelchair please email us at time of booking and we will make sure your course is an accessible venue.
Q. What do you actually do in the classes?
A. It depends on the course and theme each week, but in general it goes: brief chat from us, get to know you, physical warm ups, exercises and games, playing with it and putting it together to improvise lots of scenes, games and stories, optional social in the pub. There are more details on each course and class page.
Q. Is it quite sociable?
A. Yes, improv is probably the most sociable hobby going. We usually stay for a drink after all our workshops, conveniently located near pubs, and The Miller is also a great place to hang out after shows. There’s a massive and rapidly growing scene to get involved in.
Q. How do I get to perform?
A. Please see our Performance Improv Course, Long Form Course or Improv Performance Opportunities. We run our own Improv Comedy Club, recommended by both Time Out and The Londonist, so we have a lot of ongoing performance opportunities and actively encourage performing improvisers. We also host regular Improv Networking Events to get improvisers meeting groups.
“Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!”
PR Manager, Comedy Central
“The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.”
The Evening Standard
“This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you'll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.”
“Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's morning. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.”
“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.
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“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-
Hoopla supporting performers:
People from Hoopla workshops have gone on to perform with lots of groups across the UK improv scene including Story Kitchen, Breaking & Entering, Glitch, Oxford Imps, Impromptu Shakespeare Company, Music Box, The Inflatables, The Maydays, The Pina Colliders, The RH Experience, All Made Up, The Science of Living Things, Grand Theft Impro, Improv Film Challenge, Joystick, Do Not Adjust Your Stage and more.
Hoopla are passionate about supporting performers, and we are constantly connecting improvisers to groups and helping to grow the flourishing UK impro scene.
Many show groups have formed from people meeting at courses, chatting together in the bar afterwards, or hanging out at The Miller.
There’s more info for performers at our Improv Community page.
Hoopla also program shows at The Miller in London Bridge. This has become the UK’s first ever improvised comedy club.