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Performing at Hoopla

Hoopla are opening the doors to more improvisers and more groups than ever!


Please write to HooplaShows@gmail.com.

(Please note our new email address for show enquiries)


Hoopla are open to everyone and welcome all styles of improv. Hoopla are the founders of the UK’s first ever Improv Comedy Club with a fun variety of improv shows every week. From September Hoopla are taking over the upstairs at The Miller in London Bridge and will have more performing opportunities than ever for improv groups.


We support all styles of improv and have a variety of styles of improv each night including short-form games, scenes, long-form, narrative, clown, improvised plays, improvised films and improv musicals.


We are open to everyone and support everyone from beginner improvisers and new performers to experienced professional groups. We are constantly working to improve the diversity of the improv scene.


We aim to build an ongoing community of improvisers, audience and volunteers to continue to help make improv awesome.


Hoopla also put on additional events like improv networking, jams and socials to help grow the flourishing UK improv community.


Hoopla also aim to provide safe and supportive events and socials where people new to London can join a community and make new friends.


We are now putting on more shows and events than ever and are looking for shows, producers, directors and volunteers to join our team.


What we’re looking for in general


Fun. Supports the whole night and improv scene.


We’re looking for groups that care passionately about the improv scene and want to work with us to help, support and promote both their own shows and other people’s shows and Hoopla and the improv community in general.


We’re being very ambitious with the number of shows we will put on this season and next so we’re looking to form a larger team of groups, improvisers, producers, hosts and volunteers that want to support each other.


Artistically we are looking to represent all styles of improv; short-form, long-form, narrative, musical and more are all welcome.


Most of all we’re looking for groups that are fun and care about giving the audience a good time. Especially the audience that are new to improv; we care about our audience and are looking for groups that want to give great first time improv experiences to new audiences.


What we’re looking for day by day


Saturday Night Main Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 30 - 40 minutes:

- Well known groups that are already established.

- Groups that regularly bring in a mainstream audience.

- Groups that can help extensively on marketing and promoting.

- Groups that have a great show.

- Previous examples at Hoopla include Showstoppers, Austentatious, Mischief Theatre, Glenda J Collective, Grand Theft Impro.


Saturday Night Mini Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 5 - 15 minutes:

- For groups that have a great show but haven’t performed much at weekends yet and don’t necessarily have a big audience base.

- For promising groups to gradually build up wider audience exposure.

- Random fun things for a weekend audience!


Saturday Night Early Spots. 6:30pm. 5 - 15 minutes:

- A free improv community show before our main show.

- A place for new groups to build up experience in front of each other and a smaller crowd.

- A chance for us to see new groups and support them into the wider improv scene.

- The new home for our Launch Pad and Hoopla Formations Shows.


Saturday Night Late Night. 10pm - Late:

- Producers who want to put on something suitable for a late night audience that brings different improv groups together.


Friday Night Main Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 30 - 40 minutes:

- Similar to Saturday shows but able to cope with a sometimes slightly more boisterous crowd.

- Well known groups that are already established.

- Groups that regularly bring in a mainstream audience.

- Groups that can help extensively on marketing and promoting.

- Groups that have a great show.

- Examples at Hoopla include The Playground, Glitch Cabaret, Guest Speaker.


Friday Night Mini Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 5 - 15 minutes:

- For groups that have a great show but haven’t performed much at weekends yet and don’t necessarily have a big audience base.

- For promising groups to gradually build up wider audience exposure.

- Random fun things for a weekend audience!


Thursday Night Main Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 30 minutes:

- We’re treating Thursday as a mainstream show now and are looking for acts suitable for a wider audience.

- A great opportunity for groups to perform longer sets.

- Groups performing the 30 minute set will need a clear idea of how they will help bring in an audience.


Thursday Night Mini Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 5 - 15 minutes:

- High energy fun things!

- If you want to put together a short thing that’s fun for the audience, this is a good spot.


Thursday Night Whole Night. 8pm - 10pm:

- We’re looking for Producers who want to take over occasional one-off nights on Thursdays or Wednesdays.

- Previous successful examples include the Zeal Festival as part of Pride, and the One Show that united solo improvisers into one show.

- We’re looking for strong themes that unite different improvisers and different improv groups together and strengthen the improv community.

- Producers should also have a good understanding of how to promote their show and bring in an audience.


Wednesday Night Main Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 30 minutes:

- Wednesdays we’re trying to have lots of different groups involved, but still very suitable for a wider mainstream audience so we are always showing the best improv we can.

- A great opportunity for groups to perform longer sets.

- Groups performing the 30 minute set will still need a clear idea of how they will help bring in an audience.


Wednesday Night Mini Shows. 8pm or 9pm. 5 - 15 minutes:

- High energy fun things!

- If you want to put together a short thing that’s fun for the audience, this is a good spot.


Wednesday Whole Night. 8pm - 10pm:

- We’re looking for Producers who want to take over occasional one-off nights on Thursdays or Wednesdays.

- Previous successful examples include the Zeal Festival as part of Pride, and the One Show that united solo improvisers into one show.

- We’re looking for strong themes that unite different improvisers and different improv groups together and strengthen the improv community.

- Producers should also have a good understanding of how to promote their show and bring in an audience.


Monday and Tuesday are already booked up with different promoters that will now also be appearing as part of Hoopla’s line up.


Other people and groups we’re looking to work with


General Improv Groups: See breakdown of days above.


Producers: We’re looking for Producers who want to take over occasional one-off nights on Thursdays or Wednesdays. Previous successful examples include the Zeal Festival as part of Pride, and the One Show that united solo improvisers into one show. We’re looking for strong themes that unite different improvisers and different improv groups together and strengthen the improv community. Producers should also have a good understanding of how to promote their show and bring in an audience.


Directors: If you want to put together a new show please get in touch and we can discuss how to work with you. We are able to provide help with things like casting, auditions, finding rehearsal rooms and then putting on the final show.


Launch Pads Groups: 10-15 minute spots for groups to try out new things.


Hoopla Formations Groups: A regular night for groups that have formed in Hoopla courses so they get all the performance experience they need.


Jams: Shows that bring together improvisers for one night only. Details for those coming soon.


Volunteers: With more shows we’re also looking for more volunteers to help with front of house, ticket sales and sound and lights. It’s by building up such a great team of volunteers that we were able to take on more shows in the first place. Please get in touch if you’d like to help out! We’re going to provide more training for volunteers, put together socials and also offer free improv workshops and shows.


Hosts: We’re looking for people with hosting experience to help host and run nights.


Money Things


30% of box office from each night, of at least £50, goes to Hoopla Impro. This pays for:

- An employed Production Assistant.

- Advertising costs.

- Print costs.

- General overheads.

- Work involved in general press listings, marketing and promotion of shows.

- Ticket processing.


The remainder of box office is split between the performing groups depending on how long their slot length is.


Dates


Until 31st August 2017: We are accepting show submissions for the Autumn 2017 season.


5th September 2017: We aim to have written back to everyone with details of any show slots we can offer for Autumn 2017 season.


Monday 4th September 2017 - Saturday 16th December 2017: Hoopla Autumn season with shows every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.


How to Apply


- Your Name.

- Contact Details.

- What opportunities you are interested in.

- Details of your group including name, description and cast members.

- Anything else you think might be helpful.


Please write to HooplaShows@gmail.com.

(Please note our new email address for show enquiries)