• Level 4: Advanced Improv Courses

advanced improv courses

We have a variety of advanced improv courses to introduce improvisers to the full variety of improv styles and show formats available.

A variety of advanced improv courses including Improvised Narrative, Improvised Theatre, Improvised Movies, Improvised Plays, Harolds, Sketch Comedy, Character, Improvised Musicals, 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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    Character Course

    With Susan Harrison. A new 8 week course to expand your character range and go beyond your default character. Starts September.

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    Harold Course

    With Katy Schutte. Learn how to perform The Harold format in a fun & playful Hoopla style. 8 week course with an end performance.

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    Improvised Movie & Narrative Course

    With Steve Roe. How to improvise exciting narratives and adventures in a movie format. 8 week course with a performance at the end.

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    Sketch Comedy Course

    With Gemma Arrowsmith, writer & performer on BBC1's Tracey Ullman's show. Learn how to write and perform sketch comedy. Starts September.

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Peta Lily, Clown Teacher

With Peta Lily. We are thrilled to announce our first clown course at Hoopla with one of the world’s most experienced clown teachers, Peta Lily!

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Phil Lunn, Musical Improv Teacher

With Phil Lunn. Learn how to improvise songs and mini-musicals. No previous singing experience needed! 8 week course with an end performance.

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Improvised Theatre Course

With Chris Mead. How to improvise a play with emotionally connected scenes. Inspired by TJ & Dave and Dummy. 8 week course with show at the end.

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The Improvisers Way Course

With Katy Schutte. A 12 week course with 2 main shows and multiple other mini-shows. Based on Katy Schutte’s new book The Improvisers Way.

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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 the UK’s first ever Improv Comedy Club 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.