Conor Jatter Clowning Teacher

Hoopla teacher Conor Jatter shares his insight into how clowning can help you be a better improviser!   Hi Conor,  thanks for taking the time to tell us what clowning is?  To me, clown is a whole new world of discovery, perhaps to someone that’s even more freeing than improv. It’s about feeling what the[…]

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Venue Inside Clean

Tips for improv auditions How auditions work Improv auditions vary from show to show but all tend to have some group warm games first to create a supportive environment and then lots of 2-3 people scenes. The number of scenes you get to do depends on the number of applications for the show. Auditions mainly[…]

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I spend ages thinking about writing blogs and never write them. Sometimes the best time to write them is late at night and not think about them. Much like improv, don’t think about it just do it. So here goes a ramble… I’ve got to admit I’ve been confused about things. Recently as a company[…]

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Faculty Rectangle

Word at a Time Story Description Two improvisers stood opposite each other make up a story together by saying a word at a time each. One player says the first word, the next says the second word etc. At first you can start with “Once, Upon, A, Time…” or “One, Day..” and then move on[…]

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Map of Britain and Ireland's

Hoopla is excited to announce that we are going to be organising a UK & Ireland Improv Festival!!  We will be gathering the best groups in the UK & Ireland in one place, Hoopla Impro! From Friday 26th – Saturday 27th April 2019.    The weekend will be a mix of headline acts and new groups[…]

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Hi everyone, We usually write these sort of blogs at the end of the year but we just thought why not now. We’re just in a natural break between teaching seasons and want to take the time to say thanks to everyone involved with Hoopla. If we miss you don’t worry you’ll be in the[…]

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liam workshop

Hey there future long-formers! Upon finishing the level 2 and level 3 course and having done your first ever Hoopla improv shows (congratulations!) there’s a good chance you’re thinking about what comes next when you move onto the Long-form course. In brief, long-form gives a lot more freedom to an improviser and more possibilities for[…]

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Phil Lunn, Musical Improv Teacher

Hoopla teacher Phil Lunn shares his favourite warm up exerices for musical improvisers and how they are helpful.  Diddly dum. The phrase is “Diddly dum diddly dum diddly diddly diddly dum”, and we pass it around the circle, one person saying a word at a time. Once that’s sorted, we walk around the room and[…]

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liam group

Hoopla Teacher Liam Brennan shares his favourite games for first time performers and why they are good to play.  Story Director Story Director is a good shout for first-time performers as they can focus on the pure act of improvising. The performers simply have to listen to the ongoing story and take over when it’s their[…]

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