• Level 5: Advanced Improv Courses

advanced improv courses

We have a variety of advanced improv courses to introduce you to the full variety of improv styles and show formats available and expand your improvisation horizons.

A variety of advanced improv courses including Harolds, Improvised Musicals, Narrative Long-Form, Sketch Comedy, Twoprov, Super Short-Form, Stagecraft, Carl Jung inspired improvisation, Story, Emotional Connection, Deconstruction, Character, Tomes, Clowning, and more.

We’re going to be using our Advanced Improv Courses to introduce improvisers to the full variety of improv styles available, and hopefully inspire future developments in the wider improv scene.

Many of our advanced improv courses also have an end of course show at our Improv Comedy Club, where you perform together as a group.

These courses are designed for people with previous experience of performing improv, either at one of our end-of-course shows or with another group. If you don’t have previous improv experience it’s best to start with our other improv courses first.

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    History Play (Real-Life)

    With Chris Mead. Ancient land inspires characters across the generations weaving stories through history. STARTS OCTOBER 2020 AND JANUARY 2021.

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    Emotional Connection (Real-Life)

    With Chris Mead. Emotionally connect to your scene partner. Get into trouble and fall in love! STARTS JANUARY 2021.

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    Character (Real-Life)

    With Maria Peters from The Playground. Go beyond your default characters and expand your character range. STARTS OCTOBER 2020 AND JANUARY 2021.

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    Meisner Mini-Course (Online)

    The best bits of The Meisner Technique, applied to improv. Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. With Steve Roe. STARTS SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2020.

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    Story (Online)

    With Steve Roe, Director of Hoopla. Learn how to improvise an entire play/movie from just one suggestion! STARTS SEPTEMBER 2020.

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    Carl Jung (Online and Real-Life)

    With Steve Roe. Improvisation based on the work of psychologist Carl Jung including Archetypes and the Collective Subconscious. STARTS SEPTEMBER 2020 AND MARCH 2021.

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    Long-form mindset with Chris Mead (Real-life)

    New course with Chris Mead! Develop the mindset to create the future of long-form at Hoopla. STARTS JANUARY 2021.

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    Dreamweaver (Real-life)

    Learn to improvise dream based improvised musicals with one of London's most popular groups, Dreamweaver Quartet. Starts January 2021.

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    Improvised Hip Hop (Real-life)

    With Track 96. Learn improvised hip hop and get comfortable with freestyle rapping! Starts January 2021.

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    Harold (Real-life)

    With Chris Mead. Learn how to perform The Harold format in a fun & playful Hoopla style. Starts March 2021.

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    Stagecraft (Real-life)

    With Jonah Fazel. A selection of the best bits from drama school compressed into an 8 week course for improvisers. Acting, stagecraft and voice for improvisers. Starts March 2021.

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    Sketch Comedy Course (Online)

    With Gemma Arrowsmith, writer-performer on Emmy nominated Tracey Ullman's Show on BBC 1 and script editor on BBC Radio 4's Extra Newsjack. SOLD OUT.

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    Game of the Scene (Sold Out)

    With Liam Brennan. Learn how to create hilarious improvised scenes that look like beautifully honed comedy sketches to your audience.CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED.

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Covid-19 Safety & Flexibility

We have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes and shows are covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure socially-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful!

We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

>> Safety in classes

>> Full booking flexibility

>> Improv is more fun than ever!

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With Katy Schutte. A brand new course inspired by Blade Runner, Alien, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. Currently fully booked.

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Maria Peters Edinburgh bw

With Maria Peters. 2 day intensive on scenes with more feedback. Currently fully booked.

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With Chris Mead. A brand new story format based on fantasy adventure paperback novels. Currently fully booked.

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With Maria Peters. Explore The Deconstruction long-form format for the first time. Currently fully booked.

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With Maria Peters. How to improvise satirical scenes based on the news of the day. Currently fully booked.

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With Conor Jatter. The best bits of clowning in a 6 week course with Conor from The RH Experience. Currently fully booked.

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A one off course with Amy Cooke-Hodgson from the award winning Austentatious. Ninja skills to help make you a professional improviser. Currently fully booked.

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With Katy Schutte. Break out of the style of ‘normal’ and into the exciting world of Genres! Currently fully booked.

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Phil Lunn, Musical Improv Teacher

With Phil Lunn. Learn how to improvise songs and mini-musicals. No previous singing experience necessary! Currently fully booked.

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With Katy Schutte. 2 person scenes and 2 person shows inspired by groups like Project2, TJ & Dave, Katy & Rach and Dummy. Currently fully booked.

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With Maria Peters. A beautiful mix of short-form, scenes and long-form for people who have had an extended break from improvising and want to get back into things. Currently fully booked.

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With James Witt from Dreamweaver and This is Soap. Perform an improvised soap opera online during lockdown. A kitchen sink drama in your actual kitchen! Currently fully booked.

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Lee Simpson from The Comedy Store Players, Improbable and Actors Nightmare is teaching a new course with Hoopla!!! Currently fully booked.

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With Steve Roe. Fun playful spontaneous short-form for experienced improvisers! Short-form isn’t just for beginners. Currently fully booked.

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Didi Hopkins 16 9 bw

With Didi Hopkins. A brand new 6 week course on Commedia dell’Arte & Mask with one of the UK’s leading Commedia teachers. Currently fully booked.

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ongoing performance opportunities

Hoopla offer more performing opportunities than any other UK improv company.

People from Hoopla workshops have gone on to perform with lots of great groups across the UK improv scene including The Playground, Music Box, Bumper Blyton, Oxford Imps, The Maydays, The Committee, Dreamweaver Quartet, Do Not Adjust Your Stage, Impromptu Shakespeare Company, Actors Nightmare and more.

We run London’s 1st Improv Theatre and every Thursday evening and early Saturday evening is dedicated to new up and coming groups that have formed in our courses, giving them space to build up stage time and develop new shows.

We want to give our students as many performance opportunities as possible so every season we run open auditions to cast our new shows for that season. We announce details of these over our facebook and twitter and form at least two new shows every season.

Hoopla support improvisers, even months or years after they’ve done a course with us, and we constantly strive to give them the performing opportunities and support they need. We even have a dedicated Producer who is there to support you with performance opportunities whenever you need it.

We have a large welcoming community of improvisers, and it would be great to have you be part of it.

There’s more info for performers at our Improv Resources page.