• Level 1: Beginners Improv Course

beginners improv course

6 week beginners improv courses to learn the core skills of improvised comedy. Running online during lockdown.

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 6 week course of weekly workshops you’ll get to know your fellow students & teacher and progress as a team while learning core improvisation skills.

Topics include Spontaneity, Confidence, Creativity, Commitment, Listening, Yes And, Character, Support, Teamwork, Scenes, Games, Story and most of all playing and having fun with improvisation!

We also have regular socials running online during lockdown and a friendly community of fellow improvisers for you to join.

Our online classes have recently been recommended by The Evening Standard, Grazia, Chortle, The Londonist, Broadway World and more!

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online dates

Every Saturday for 6 weeks from Saturday 8th August 2020 with Maeve Ryan. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 7th September.  BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 14th September. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 15th September. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 5th October. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 6th October. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 4th August 2020 with Liam Brennan. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 27th July 2020 with Liam Brennan. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends
  • Online with Zoom
  • £160
  • As above
£160. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £80 followed by the remaining £80 once the course starts. Reduced to £140 for NHS workers or if your income has been greatly reduced by lockdown.

The above courses are online

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you 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 first session with an overview of how to use it.

real life dates (offline)

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 14th September 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 15th September 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 16th September 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 17th September 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Saturday for 6 weeks from Saturday 19th September 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Sunday for 6 weeks from Sunday 20th September 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Saturday for 6 weeks from Saturday 3rd October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Sunday for 6 weeks from Sunday 4th October 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm weekdays, 2pm – 4:30pm weekends
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate
  • £160
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £80 followed by the remaining £80 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge/Borough:

Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 5th October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 6th October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 7th October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 8th October 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge or Borough
  • £160
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £80 followed by the remaining £80 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 12th October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 13th October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 14th October 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 15th October 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £160
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £80 followed by the remaining £80 once the course starts.

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!

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.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in The Dreamweaver Quartet. He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham and Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting.

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.

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.

faqs

We have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes 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.

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