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do the right scene

Shows, workshops and diversity scholarships for BAME improvisers.

Hoopla are working to improve the numbers of black, asian and minority ethnic people in improv and comedy.

To help this we host a free monthly show for BAME improvisers, run by Tai Campbell, Athena Kugblenu and Monica Gaga from the Do The Right Scene team. They also run a Crash Landing workshop before the show to help support new people into improv.

We then work with the team to help us cast our other shows, and people from the Do The Right Scene night also perform across all our other nights. The show bonds people together, and from this we help improve the diversity of the rest of the improv scene.

It’s more than a show, they have built an entire community of improvisers and have recently started connecting to the TV industry too with TV writers and producers now coming to see the show to help recruit BAME talent for their productions. Many of the performers at Do The Right Scene have credits writing and performing on BBC1, BBC3, Radio 4, The Guilty Feminist and TED talks.

Check out exact dates for Do the Right Scene at our comedy club page or on the Do the Right Scene facebook group.

how to get involved

The Do The Right Scene team at Hoopla have a monthly BAME show called Special Delivery and they’re always looking for performers. For newcomers to improv they provide a one of a kind experience with Crash Landing where you go from workshop to performing at the show that very evening at Hoopla.

You can find out more about Special Delivery and Crash Landing on this facebook page facebook.com/DoTheRightScene or you can email DTRScomedy@gmail.com to get involved.

diversity scholarships

In addition to Do The Right Scene nights we also give a number of Diversity Scholarships each season for our main improv courses. All you have to do is get in touch if you are interested in taking part and we will be able to arrange a discount to do one of our courses and to help us improve the diversity of London’s amazing improv scene.

Tai Campbell:

About Me

I got into improv accidentally while researching my favourite actors and realised they all had something in common – an improv background.  One drop-in class with Hoopla and four and a half years later I have gone from student to an improviser who performs with multiple groups that include short funny scenes, narratives and musicals, I co-run a monthly night Special Delivery as well as teach workshop Crash Landing.

 

Tips for First Time Improvisers

First time improviser? My first piece of advice is to have fun, it’s a wide world full of great people and creative opportunities. Improv is a great way to get out of your head space and have fun as well as meet new people. If you’re a creative it’s also a way to enhance all of your skills – as a writer, director and actor it definitely has enhanced mine.

 

3 Top Reasons To Do Improv

  • Fun
  • Great way to meet people
  • Enhance your creative skills

 

other things we are doing

  • Groups and performers that develop at the Do the Right Scene night are also then booked for our other nights.
  • Our courses currently have quite a good mix of backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicity etc. This is especially true for our beginners improv courses, which are very international.
  • Where possible we try to prioritise booking groups that have greater diversity in the cast or may be of interest to new communities.
  • We individually encourage improvisers of different ethnic backgrounds, by sending them casting calls or putting them in touch with performing groups.
  • We have a code of conduct in place for improvisers, teachers and students to help prevent racism in the improv scene.
  • We make sure people of different backgrounds are represented in our social media posts, photographs and web content

 

We are very open to feedback about how we could improve the diversity of the UK improv scene, so if you have any suggestions please get in touch.

 

Improv for Everyone!