• Level 1: Beginners Improv Course

beginners improv course

8 week beginners improv courses to learn the core skills of improvised comedy.

Hoopla offer the most fun and friendly environment to learn improvisation in the UK.

Complete beginners are welcome. You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever. You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny either!

Hoopla create a friendly, fun, playful and supportive atmosphere in our improv courses where people are free to play and be themselves.

Improv is not the same as stand-up; you’re not alone on stage and it’s not about telling jokes. It’s about working together as a team with other improvisers to spontaneously create group stories, scenes & sketches.

Over a course of 8 weekly workshops you’ll progress as a team while learning core improvisation skills like Spontaneity, Listening, Yes And, Commitment, Confidence, Character, Scenes, Games, Story and most of all playing and having fun with improvisation.

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next available dates

Next Available Dates in London Bridge/Borough:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 13th February 2020 with Maeve Ryan. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 17th February 2020 with Maeve Ryan. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 18th February 2020 with James Irving. (4 places left) BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th February 2020 with Stephen Davidson. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 20th February 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 10th February 2020 with Jinni Lyons. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th February 2020 with Liam Brennan. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge or Borough
  • £195
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 23rd March 2020, with a break on Easter Monday. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 25th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 26th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 1st April 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 30th January 2020 with James Irving. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £195
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 10th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 12th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th May 2020, with a break on 25th May for bank holiday. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate
  • £195
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
New weekend options:

Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 15th February 2020 with Stephen Davidson. SOLD OUT


Every Sunday for 8 weeks from Sunday 15th March 2020 with a break on Easter Sunday. BOOK NOW


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 28th March 2020 with a break on Easter Sunday. BOOK NOW

  • 2pm – 4:30pm
  • Liverpool Street
  • £195
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge, venue 2:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 16th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 18th March 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge
  • £195
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Rhiannon Vivian, improv teacher

Rhiannon Vivian

Rhiannon performs with the awarding winning Maydays, Dreamweaver Quartet and Bumper Blyton. She trained iO and Annoyance Theatres in Chicago and UCB in New York.

Maeve Ryan

Maeve Ryan

Maeve performs in and produces Ladyprov, Hoopla's regular show celebrating women in improv. She trained in Acting at The Arts Educational School.

Monica Gaga

Monica Gaga

Monica hosts Hoopla's main weekend shows and performs improv in Do The Right Scene and Derek's Mojo. She trained in Community Theatre at East 15 Drama School.

James Whittaker

James Irving

James performs in Dreamer Quartet, one of Hoopla's most popular improv shows. He also tours nationwide with The Impromptu Shakespeare Company and Bumper Blyton.

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Angela Pollard

Angela is the Producer of Hoopla's shows. She performs in Sandy & Danni and Blind Date with a Twist and has directed NewsRevue. She trained in improv with Hoopla and UCB.

Steve Roe

Steve Roe

Steve is the Director and co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 14 years. He has trained with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from iO, UCB & more.

Jinni Lyons, improv teacher

Jinni Lyons

Jinni tours internationally with her solo show Jinni Lyons is an Only Child and performs in Actor's Nightmare the Improvised Play and guests with The Comedy Store Players.

Alison Goldie

Alison is the author of ‘The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life’. She has performed in Newman and Baddiel in Pieces (BBC2).

Stephen-Davidson

Stephen Davidson

Stephen is the Artistic Director of Improvable, QI: Queer Improv and of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He is the author of two books about improv: Play Like an Ally, and Improvising Gender.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam performs with The Science of Living Things, Fright Night and The Improvised Crystal Maze and directs many of our new shows. He has trained at UCB and iO.

Conor Jatter

Conor Jatter

Conor has performed improv for over 10 years with The RH Experience including multiple runs at The Edinburgh Fringe. He has trained with Philippe Gaulier.

Rory Vieyra

Rory Vieyra

Rory performs in Music Box The Improvised Musical, one of our most popular shows. He trained at Drama Studio London.

what's included

Each session consists of some fun and friendly warm ups, then some exercises on some of the core skills of improvisation, followed by having some fun with improvising games, scenes and stories as part of a team.

You’ll be rehearsing with the same people regularly every week, so you progress each week, getting to know each other and building up a team with your fellow improvisers and the director.

Most of all we make improv fun!

 

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Teamwork

  • Making the other person look good.
  • Supporting each other on stage.
  • Trust.

Listening

  • Active listening and awareness.
  • Being in the moment.
  • Presence.

Yes And

  • Creative Collaboration.
  • Accepting and building on offers.
  • Agreement instead of conflict.

Being Obvious

  • Being obvious instead of trying too hard to be funny.
  • Making creativity simple by being obvious.
  • Being honest in the moment.
  • Improvising realistic scenes.

Spontaneity

  • Going for it. Improvising carefree.
  • Playing and having fun with mistakes.
  • Playing without fear.
  • Confidence on stage.

Character

  • Physical characters.
  • Emotions, reactions, being altered.
  • Playing with status, voice and movement.

Scenes

  • Fun simple scene structures.
  • Establishing a location in scenes.
  • Establishing character and relationship in scenes.

Games

  • Lots of fun short-form games.
  • Confidence with being in front of an audience.
  • Having fun with improvising as part of a team.

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