• improv taster class

    “The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.” – Time Out

beginners improv classes

A fun and friendly one day introduction to improv including Listening, Yes And, Spontaneity, Character, Scenes, Games and 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.

These are our one session taster classes for beginners. The follow up to these workshops is our 8 week beginners improv course. You can also start straight away with our 8 week beginners course, you don’t have to do this taster day first.

dates, time, location

Monday 15th April 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm: FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 27th April 2019, 1:30pm – 4pm: FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 18th May 2019, 1:30pm – 4pm, Liverpool Street: BOOK NOW

Monday 3rd June 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm, Liverpool Street: BOOK NOW

Saturday 8th June 2019, 1:30pm – 4pm, Liverpool Street: BOOK NOW

Thursday 20th June 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm, King’s Cross: BOOK NOW

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 1:30pm – 4pm, Liverpool Street: BOOK NOW

Monday 1st July 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm, Liverpool Street: BOOK NOW

Saturday 6th July 2019, 1:30pm – 4pm, Liverpool Street: BOOK NOW

Thursday 11th July 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm, King’s Cross: BOOK NOW

Price: £16.

Maximum Class Size: 14.

Ages: 18+


Venue for Mondays and Saturdays:

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue (off Whitecross Place), London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.


Venue for Thursdays:

Venue: KCBC, Vernon Square, King’s Cross, London WC1X 9EP

Tube: King’s Cross.

who runs the workshop

Chris Mead, improv teacher

Chris Mead

Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, The Magnet, Baby Wants Candy and The Hideout in Austin, TX. He regularly performs, coaches and is involved with cult Doctor Who comedy podcast The Ood Cast.

Sally Hodgkiss, improv teacher

Sally Hodgkiss

Sally is a trained actor and theatre facilitator. She has been improvising for several years having trained with teachers from IO Chicago, UCB New York and Second City. Sally is co-founder and joint Artistic Director of Sonder, a new theatre company.

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.

Steve Roe

Steve Roe

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.



  • 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.
  • Spontaneity.
  • 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.