• 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 & friendly introduction to improvisation! Both online and in-real-life options available.

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 8 week beginners improv course , with online and in-real-life options starting every month.

You can start straight away with our 8 week beginners course, you don’t have to start with these taster days.

in the news!

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

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real-life dates

Monday 8th November 2021, 7pm – 9pm: SOLD OUT

Monday 29th November 2021, 7pm – 9pm: SOLD OUT

Monday 10th January 2022, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK

Monday 17th January 2022, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK

Monday 24th January 2022, 7pm – 9pm: BOOK

Price: £20.

Ages: 18+

Venue: St. Hugh’s Hall, Crosby Row, London Bridge, SE1 3PT.

Tube: London Bridge.

online dates

More online dates announced here soon!

Price: £20.

Ages: 18+

Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for Zoom will be emailed to participants one hour before the workshop.

How the online option works

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.

our teachers

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.

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.