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Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 13th September 2018. Performance on Saturday 3rd November 2018. >> BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thu 15th March. Performance on Thursday 10th May 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

Times: 7pm - 9:30pm.

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

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

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

Teacher: Steve Roe.

Ages: 18+

Course Contents

Each workshop consists of warm ups, exercises on narrative and long-form skills, and putting it together in a show of an improvised long-form movie.

We’ll be covering the following topics:

- Core improv skills.

- Narrative.

- Story Structure.

- Being Obvious and Circle of Expectation.

- What Happens Next.

- Cause and Effect.

- The power of ‘because’ in stories.

- Reincorporating.

- Building a reality on stage.

- Playing with protagonists.

- Fairytale Structures.

- The Hero’s Journey.

- Character Archetypes.

- Platforms, Who, What Where.

- Character.

- Relationships.

- Focus.

- Justifying.

- Physical improv.

- Making it matter.

- Making edits fun.

- Objectives.

Most of all having great fun improvising exciting and captivating movies in a carefree manner.


Q: What comes after this course?

A: We have a variety of other Advanced Improv Courses that would be suitable.

Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People with previous long-form improv experience who want to learn and experiment with improvised narrative.

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

A: You should have done our long–form improv course or a similar amount somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people new to improv.

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 won’t be able to do the show if you miss more than one session.

Q: What if I’m running late?

A: We’ll be starting each session at 7pm, but if you’re held up at work or whatnot please come along anyway, we’d rather you turned up late than miss a session. You’ll get more out of the workshop if you’re there at 7pm though, as that’s when we discuss the theme for the evening and also do all of our warm ups.

Q: What’s the class size?

A: The group size is going to be limited to 16 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.


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

Steve Roe

He has also taught improv at Imperial College London, East 15 Drama School and Oxford University, and to various 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.

Hoopla’s Improv Comedy Club was recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph The Evening Standard and The Londonist.

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.

Steve regularly hosts Hoopla’s nights at The Miller, as well as performing, producing and directing various groups across the London improv scene.

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.

Previously known as our Narrative Long-Form Course, this course now focusses on improvising in a movie style to differentiate it from our improvised theatre course.

Learn how to improvise a movie! Improvise exciting and captivating multi-scene adventures with protagonists, heroes, heroines, villains, chase scenes, action scenes, love scenes, cliff hanging moments of suspense, improvised special effects and most of all lots of fun!

8 week course plus a showcase performance at the end.

We’ll be looking at linear narrative structure, cause & effect, what happens next, character archetypes, character objectives, relationships, heroes and villains, hero’s journey, fun edits, exploring different genres and more.

You’ll progress each week with your team of fellow improvisers, before performing in shows at our Improv Comedy Club in the format of improvised multi-scene movie.

This course will be challenging!

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

Improvised Movie Course with Steve Roe