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Do The Right Scene's and Hoopla's drop-in improv workshops for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic improvisers.

Hoopla and the Do The Right Scene team bring you an improv drop-in open to all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic improvisers.

This fun & friendly workshop is open to all levels. See it as a fun intro to improv or a chance to brush up on the basics.

This has been running for almost three years and is part of Hoopla and Do The Right Scene’s ongoing drive to improve the numbers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in improv and comedy.

Regular teachers include Monica Gaga (Hoopla’s main-stage host), Tai Campbell (BBC Comedy Writer’s Room Winner) and Athena Kugblenu (BBC New Comedy Award Finalist).

This is more than just a workshop. The Do The Right Scene team also take improvisers from their Crash Landing workshop and support them into their regular show Special Delivery – a monthly night showcasing the best Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic improvisers and comedians in London.

The team have built up an entire community of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic improvisers that are now connecting to the wider comedy and TV industry. This includes recent BBC3 sketches written, directed and starring Tai Campbell from the Do The Right Scene and filmed at Hoopla that have received millions of views and fantastic reviews.

Many of the performers at Do The Right Scene and teachers with Crash Landing have credits writing and performing on BBC1, BBC3, Radio 4, The Guilty Feminist, TED talks and more.

Hoopla work with the team and community to help cast all of our shows across all of our nights and to recruit teachers to bring greater diversity to the wider improv scene.

all the info

In-person workshop:

Friday 16th December 2022, 17:45pm – 7.30pm (UK time, BST/GMT+1). BOOK

Price: £5. If price is a barrier you can also email [email protected] & [email protected] for a free place.

Ages: 18+

Venue: Hoopla Impro at The Miller,  96 Snowsfields Road, London, SE1 3SS

For online classes:

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the workshop we then email you a log-in for the zoom chat.

3. You then click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.

4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link.

5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the session with an overview of how to use it.

You can also find out more about Special Delivery and Crash Landing on the Do The Right Scene facebook page facebook.com/DoTheRightScene or you can email [email protected] or [email protected] to get involved.

Monica Gaga

Monica Gaga is a British-born black African queer improviser, facilitator, host and scripted actor and performer.

Monica is the host of Hoopla’s main-stage shows every Friday and Saturday night and also hosts our Pre-Party nights for up and coming new acts. She is also one of Hoopla’s main teachers.

She produces Do the Right Scene, London’s leading comedy and improv night for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic performers and is the co-founder of Hoopla’s Crash Landing workshop.

Monica performs improv in Do The Right Scene, Derek’s Mojo, Tightrope, The Yes Queens, The Playground, The Comedy Store Players and in shows across the London improv scene.

She has also recently appeared in comedy sketches for BBC Three as well as appearing on ITVBe, London Live, BBC History, BBC Radio London, Global Pillage and more.

She trained in Community Theatre at East 15 Acting School, and her boundless love for improv stems from time spent at Second City in Chicago.

When she is not performing, hosting or teaching, Monica is championing diversity in improv and trying to get as many people as possible.

“I love improv, but it needs shaking up. I see improv as something for everyone. So I would live if it truly represented a slice of society. If you don’t see yourself represented we need you!” – Monica Gaga.

Tai Campbell

Tai is a writer, director, editor, comedian and celebrity impressionist.

He is a winner of BBC’s Comedy Writer’s Room with credits on BBC One, BBC Three and Vice.

Tai recently wrote, directed and starred in a number of sketches for BBC3 Comedy, achieving millions of views online.

He is the producer and co-founder of Do the Right Scene, Hoopla’s regular night for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic actors, comedians and improvisers. He also teaches the Crash Landing workshop, Hoopla’s regular workshop for improvisers that supports them onto the improv stage.

How Tai got into improv:

“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.”

Tai’s 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.”

Tai’s 3 Top Reasons To Do Improv:

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

Athena Kugblenu

Athena is a BBC New Comedy Award Finalist and nominee for the 99 Club Female Comedians’ Bursary. She’s a member of the BBC Comedy Room 2019/20 and was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020.

She has written for Radio 4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, The Now Show and is a lead writer for multi cultural sketch show Sketchtopia. In she 2017 she performed at the Johannesburg international Comedy Festival and followed that with her debut hour, KMT, at the Edinburgh Fringe. Her second celebrated hour was Follow the Leader, a political show with a personal twist. She’s supported Daliso Chaponda, Nish Kumar and Fern Brady on tour.

A regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist, she’s made panel appearances on Radio 4 staples such as Comedy Club, Museum of Curiosity, Loose Ends and Arts Club. She’s also a regular on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News.

She’s the host of podcast Keeping Athena Company, interviewing interesting people whilst eating fried plantain. It’s a great excuse for her to eat fried plantain for work.

Athena is managed by TROIKA Talent.

“When Tai Campbell and I started Do the Right Scene, it wasn’t a political statement. We just wanted to play together as black people. But we quickly understood the value of both of us being two black people in a very white world which is why whenever we did “two-prov” we just smashed it. It was just two people who have a shared shorthand and that’s what white people have. So Tai and I got on because we could create a whole world that wouldn’t have necessarily been available with white players and so we wanted an all-black group to experience that.” – Athena Kugblenu

When you’re too scared to say black (BBC3)

Written, directed and starring Tai Campbell from Do the Right Scene, Crash Landing and Hoopla.

Featuring improvisers from across the Do the Right Scene and Hoopla team.

Over 2.5 million views on facebook.

When you’re the only black guy (BBC3)

Written, directed and starring Tai Campbell from Do the Right Scene, Crash Landing and Hoopla.

Featuring improvisers from across the Do the Right Scene and Hoopla team. Filmed at Hoopla’s improv theatre in London Bridge.

Over 2 million views on facebook.

The Black Women Transforming London's Improv Theatre Scene

Hoopla and Do the Right Scene in Black Ballad Magazine

“Improv can be transformative and thanks to the work of a few dedicated black women, the scene is opening up and becoming more inclusive.

Along this journey, I’ve watched some phenomenal black female improvisers who are part of Do The Right Scene (formerly known as a Nu Z Land), a black improvisation troupe for African, mixed race and African Caribbean performers. Do The Right Scene hold monthly workshops for BAME players known as Crash Landing followed by Special Delivery, a performance at Hoopla London. Stumbling upon a BAME improv night was encouraging as somebody new to the scene, as I was able to watch experienced performers who looked like me and whose content was often more relatable than the main circuit.”


>> Read full article at Black Ballad Magazine