improv taster class
“The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.” – Time Out
beginners improv classes
Running online during lockdown so you can learn something new, meet new people and have some fun!
A fun and friendly one workshop introduction to improv with topics including Listening, Yes And, Confidence, Spontaneity, Character, Scenes, Games and most of all having fun improvising!
No experience in acting, comedy or improv needed whatsoever. You don’t need to be clever or funny!
Hoopla offer one of the most fun and friendly environments to learn improvisation in the UK. Hoopla create a friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.
follow up course
The follow up to these workshops is our 6 week beginners improv course which is also running online during lockdown and back in the real-world from September and October.
You can start straight away with our 6 week beginners course, you don’t have to start with these taster days.
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Our online classes have recently been recommended by The Evening Standard, Grazia, Chortle, The Londonist, Broadway World and more!
Sick of your flat? Wish you could get out? Try online improv classes.
Always wanted to have a crack at improv comedy? With Hoopla running online now's the time.
Improv your way out of isolation with Hoopla!
The Zoom medium works surprisingly well. Our teacher, is chipper, instructive, inventive and uses zoom features to great effect.
That is our job during lockdown. To bring people together, to socialise and to have a laugh.
The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.
Hoopla's workshops are supportive and collaborative.
Epic epic epic place. Crazy fun. Took an improv course with Hoopla and it was the best ever. Don't hesitate to go there, just go!!!
If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.
Hoopla’s teachers are warm and welcoming and playing in workshops is one of the most joyful, creative things a person can do.
I laughed so hard that I cried, full-on shaking with laughter, as tears streamed down my face.
The workshop really helps you internalise some of the skills we all know are important, like really listening, not dismissing others’ ideas out of hand and allowing yourself to speak up.
As a newcomer to improv, I feel so lucky to have discovered Hoopla. What a fantastic company. I just can't recommend them highly enough!! You'll genuinely laugh till you cry and stretch yourself in ways you never thought possible.
Great to instantly connect with people, drop barriers and have fun for a few hours. I felt like I was developing personally in a supportive, fun environment and that felt great. What a blast!
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm and an attentiveness that is rarely seen in a class.
I now regularly try to make room for improv and play time in my life. It is a bright spot when I am feeling beaten down by the everyday. The three hours of laughter do wonders for my stress levels, and afterwards I sleep without a care.
This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you'll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
Hoopla Impro is awesome. I’ve done a number of courses with them. They were fantastic and really helpful in building my love of improv and comedy as well as improving my confidence.
The capital’s best improv. The UK’s first improv comedy club.
My anxiety evaporated in that room. My stage fright transformed into excitement, and I became dynamic, more spontaneous. Happier.
all the info
Monday 3rd August 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 10th August 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 17th August 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 24th August 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 7th September 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Saturday 12th September 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 14th September 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 21st September 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 28th September 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 5th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 12th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Saturday 17th October 2020, 2pm – 4pm: BOOK
Monday 19th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
Monday 26th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK
£20 reduced to £10 while running online.
Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for Zoom will be emailed to participants one hour before the workshop.
The above classes are online
1. Book your preferred date on this page.
2. On the day of the 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.
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.
The atmosphere in class felt safe and forgiving, made it easy to learn and have fun without feeling anxious about making mistakes or looking silly. Highly recommend!
For anyone who has ever felt shy or nervous or just wanted a little more confidence in day-to-day interactions, Improv is a skill worth having. Hoopla’s teachers are warm and welcoming and playing in workshops is one of the most joyful, creative things a person can do. Go there. Laugh. Make friends. Be awesome.
What I love so much at Hoopla, apart from the excellent teaching and encouraging welcoming classes, is the warm supportive atmosphere. Everyone is very positive and friendly and you have no fear of joining a class by yourself as everyone is usually alone but you leave feeling part of a community.
YOU GET TO BE A KID AGAIN!
Great to instantly connect with people, drop barriers and have fun for a few hours a week. I felt like I was developing personally in a supportive, fun environment and that felt great. What a blast! Great fun, great experience, great value! It's nice to have an experience like this in London.
Learned some amazing new skills that can be applied in both personal and professional lives and the funniest hours in a week I can remember!
As a newcomer to improv, I feel so lucky to have discovered Hoopla. What a fantastic company. I just can't recommend them highly enough! If you're thinking of doing an improv class, you definitely won't be disappointed.
I decided to try improv as a New Year's resolution. I couldn't have wished for a better experience. I was quickly put at ease and had so much fun that improv has become a major part of my life.
Great teaching, a really wide-ranging and immersive introduction to improv, and totally inclusive - our class was a really mixed bunch, coming from a wide range of backgrounds, and doing improv for a host of different reasons. Highly recommended for both performers just the intrigued / interested alike!
Maeve performs in and produces Ladyprov, Hoopla's regular show celebrating women in improv. She trained in Acting at The Arts Educational School.
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 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.
Steve is the director and co-founder of Hoopla. He performs with Music Box the improvised musical and has trained with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from iO, UCB and more. He also teaches improv at East 15 drama school and Imperial College.
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.
For additional FAQs please see list below:
Who is this suitable for?
People with no previous experience of improv, or limited experience. You don’t need any improv, acting or comedy experience whatsoever to do this class. You don’t have to be clever or funny either! Everyone is welcome.
What’s the best follow up to this workshop?
Our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course is the best follow up, it’s a longer 6 week course that goes into greater depth.
Can I just start straight away with the 6 week beginners course?
Yes. You don't have to do this taster day first, you can start straight away with our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course, which is our most popular course.
How much improv should I have done before doing this class?
You don’t need to have done anything at all before starting this class.
I’ve never done any impro, comedy or acting before, I’ve never been on stage in my life, is that OK?
Yes that’s perfect, this class has been designed for total beginners so you’d be very welcome.
Will you be doing it again?
Yes, please see dates above for confirmed dates and we’ll also announce future dates on our twitter, facebook and email list.
How big is the class size?
Maximum of 14 people, we find this works as it’s big enough to create a fun atmosphere but small enough that you get lots of time to play with each exercises.
Is there a break?
Yes there’s a short break halfway.
- Having fun improvising.
- Fun and friendly warm ups.
- Confidence on stage.
- Active Listening. Putting your attention on the other actor.
- Yes And. Yes Let’s.
- Accepting and Building on Offers.
- Being Obvious.
- Being present in the moment.
- Letting yourself go, going for it, playing.
- Having fun with incorporating mistakes.
- Platforms. Location, Character, Relationship.
- Physical Improv.
- Introduction to Characters.
- Improvising Games.
- Introduction to Improvising Scenes.
- Introduction to Improvising Stories.
- Working together as a team.
Most of all having tonnes of fun improvising in a friendly, safe and supportive environment.