• Level 1: Beginners Improv Course

beginners improv course

8 week beginners improv courses to learn the core skills of improvised comedy. Both real-life and online versions available.

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 an 8 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, Collaboration, Character, Support, Teamwork, Scenes, Games, Story and most of all playing and having fun with improvisation!

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

Our classes have recently been recommended by The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, The Evening Standard, BBC Radio 4, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Metro, The Londonist and more!

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real-life dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 9th September 2021 with Rory Vieyra. BOOK


Every Saturday morning for 8 weeks from Saturday 11th September 2021 with Chris Mead plus Mandeep Singh on last 3 weeks. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 5th August 2021 with James Irving. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 6th September 2021 with Liam Brennan. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 8th September 2021 with Susan Harrison. SOLD OUT


Every Saturday afternoon for 8 weeks from Saturday 11th September 2021 with Chris Mead plus guest teacher on last 3 weeks. SOLD OUT

  • Weekdays: 7pm – 9pm. Weekends: 11am-1pm / 2pm-4pm
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate
  • £200
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 20th September 2021 with James Irving and Rhiannon Vivian. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 22nd September 2021 with Sabrina Luisi. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 23rd September 2021 with Francesca Reid. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £200
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge/Borough:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 16th September 2021 with James Witt. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 13th September 2021 with James Witt. SOLD OUT


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 14th September 2021 with James Irving. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • London Bridge or Borough
  • £200
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

online dates

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 6th September 2021 with Fran Reid. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 21st September 2021 with James Witt. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 25th September 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 6th October 2021 with Maeve Ryan. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 9th October 2021. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate
  • £200
  • As above
Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

How the online option works

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

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

teachers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Lisa Lynn

Lisa performs in Music Box and Mutiverse improvised musicals. She also directs Acaprov the improvised a capella musical. She trained in Musical Theatre and has a Drama PGCE at Masters Level.

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

Sue performs in the Olivier award winning Showstoppers the Improvised Musical, Beings, and BAFTA winning sketch show Class Dismissed.

Chris Mead, improv teacher

Chris Mead

Chris performs with the award winning Maydays and Project2 improvise sci-fi. He is artistic director of The Nursery and co-founder of The Improv Place.

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.

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Sabrina Luisi

Sabrina performs with Multiverse the improvised musical, Hoopla long-form house team Michelle, Hoopla team Buffet and improvised murder mystery Play Dead London.

Francesca Reid

Francesca Reid

Fran performs in Dreamweaver, Multiverse, The Playground, The Yes Queens and more.
She trained at East 15 drama school, iO in LA, Second City and UCB.

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.

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

From 19th July 2021 there are no legal restrictions on our classes or shows, however some of our covid safety measures will be staying in place and others will be gradually phased out rather than being removed all at once. This is so we can keep improv fun while also keeping safety in classes and shows. We will also be able to adjust month by month and rollback changes if needed.

>> Covid safety and booking flexibility

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