• 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 Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 13th January 2020. (3 PLACES LEFT) BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 14th January 2020. (4 PLACES LEFT) BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 16th January 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 29th January 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 5th February 2020. 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 18th January 2020. (3 PLACES LEFT) BOOK NOW


Every Sunday for 8 weeks from Sunday 19th January 2020. 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 Kings Cross:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 21st January 2020. (3 PLACES LEFT) BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 23rd January 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 27th January 2020. (4 PLACES LEFT) BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 28th January 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 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 London Bridge:

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 possible improv shows. He also tours nationwide with The Impromptu Shakespeare Company and Bumper Blyton.

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.

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) and toured internationally with Weird Sisters theatre company.

Jonah Fazel

Jonah performs with Bumper Blyton the Improvised Enid Blyton Adventure. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also trained with Keith Johnstone.

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.

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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