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Day: Please note that these workshops are currently on a break, please contact us if you would like to be notified about when they start again.


Time: 2pm - 4:30pm.


Cost: £12.


Location: Capital House, 6th Floor, 42 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QD.


Tube: London Bridge.


Teacher: Katy Schutte.


Please note that we advise booking in advance to guarantee a place, as we can’t guarantee space on the day.



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

“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


"The workshop was just so much fun with an amazing teacher."

Joëlle Sarrailh


“My imagination has been given a serious workout this weekend with the @hooplaimpro course.”

@KittProudfoot


“The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.”

The Evening Standard


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.


“Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!”

PR Manager, Comedy Central


Reviews and Testimonials:



Tuesday Afternoon Improv Classes


A flexible weekly improv workout for people with previous improv or acting experience. You can come along whenever it suits you, be that every week or just once in a while, whenever you're free and want to do some improv.


We create a safe, fun, friendly and supportive environment where actors and improvisers are free to play and be themselves.


Each session will start with some fun warm ups and core skills like Listening, Yes And, Spontaneity before focussing the main theme around the needs of the group. In the second half there will be lots of scenes and games for you to practice improv as much as possible.


The workshops are taught by Katy Schutte, one of the most experienced improv performers and teachers in the UK.


Suitable for actors and improvisers that want to practice more, actors who want to improve their improv for auditions, and anyone that wants to have fun on a Tuesday afternoon.


If you haven't done any improv or acting before it's best to start with our beginners improv class or beginners improv course first.


If you want to do a more thorough improv course take a look at our longer improv courses and also our longer weekend improv classes.



Topics


Exact topics vary from workshop to workshop as we adapt to the needs of the group on the day, and will include a selection of:

 

- Fun and playful warm ups.


- Core improv skills including listening, yes and, spontaneity, letting go and having fun.


- Character.


- Scenes.


- Relationships.


- Emotions.


- Game of the scene.


- Playing realistic scenes.


- Story.


- Who/What/Where.


- Improv for auditions.


- Improv for actors.


Most of all having fun with it and removing the fear of improvising.



Katy Schutte






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Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago as well as with teachers from Annoyance, UCB and more.


She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award.



Katy has performed with the Maydays for 11 years. In 2014 Katy created Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show, which returned to Edinburgh in 2015.


She performs in sci-fi improv group Project2, and produces and performs in Geekeasy the monthly comedy night for nerds.


She also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their Ghostbusters themed musical "Who Ya Gonna Call?" which received rave reviews. She also made her first solo theatre show I Have an Idea for a Film at the Edinburgh Fringe.


She is half of the two woman long form show Katy and Rach, and plays in the Destination podcast and live shows.


She coaches long form teams and leads workshops in England, Europe and the States. Katy was one of the first people to teach the rest of the Hoopla team, and inspired us to create various shows.


She has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and notably guested in the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro and Messing with a Friend.


Katy is also a sketch comedian, actress and theatre-maker.


Katy is currently working on Knightmare Live and being a nerd consultant for a new Gonzo Moose show.

FAQ


Q: Can I pay on the day?

A: Maybe, but we can’t guarantee there will be space as we limit the class size to make sure everyone has enough time on stage so we recommend booking in advance on the links above if possible.


Q: How big is the class?

A: We limit the class to 14 people to make sure people have enough time on stage and lots of practice.


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: Actors, improvisers, writers and comedians.


Q: Do I have to be a professional actor to do this workshop?

A: No, but previous acting or improv experience is required.


Q: What if I haven’t got previous acting or improv experience?

A: If you haven’t done any improv or acting before it’s best to start with our Beginners Improv Course first or Beginners Improv Class.


Q: I’ve done lots of acting before but not much improv, is that ok?

A: Yes that’s perfect. Acting applies really well to improv and we’re especially keen to help people in your position.


Q: What do you do in the workshops?

A: We always start with warm ups around the core improv skills of Listen, Yes And, Commit. We then shape a large chunk of the workshop around the needs of the people there, and then end with lots of fun practice.


Q: Will this help with auditions?

A: Yes, we’re especially keen to help actors with the improv bit of auditions.


Q: What if I can’t make Tuesday afternoons?

A: We also run a similar workshop on Monday evenings, Saturday daytimes, and also longer 8 week improv courses.