Blog by Liam Brennan, teacher with Hoopla Impro. Liam is teaching an Online Performing Course starting on Monday 11th May 2020.  As the worldwide improv community continues to make its exodus on to the online domain, day by day more discoveries are being made about the pitfalls and opportunities that our new medium presents. While many[…]

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Kicking off the Hoopla Impro Podcast is the incomparable Monica Gaga! Monica is an improviser, facilitator, scripted actor and performer with Derek’s Mojo and Do The Right Scene to name but a few. For those who haven’t witnessed it, Monica is also one of the finest hosts of a comedy night you’re likely to see.[…]

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Keith Johnstone

Blog by Steve Roe, Director of Hoopla Impro Book referenced is “Impro, improvisation and the theatre” by Keith Johnstone. This blog refers to pages 27-32 only! More coming soon as we work through the week. You can also check out notes from Day 1 of Keith Johnstones’s Impro. At Hoopla we’re exploring a different book[…]

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Keith Johnstone

Blog by Steve Roe, Director of Hoopla Impro Book referenced is “Impro, improvisation and the theatre” by Keith Johnstone. This blog refers to the first 27 pages of the book only! More coming soon as we work through the week. At Hoopla we’re exploring a different book each week as inspiration for our online drop-ins. Each[…]

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Scenes Workshop Hoopla

A quick guide to Game of the Scene Blog from Liam Brennan, who is running Hoopla’s Game of the Scene Course online during lockdown. Game of the Scene is a great way to improvise scenes that look like honed sketches to your audience. So what is Game of the Scene? It’s a repeated pattern of[…]

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English Meadow

Last updated 2nd April 2020, from Steve Roe (Director of Hoopla): First of all many thanks to all of our students, improvisers, teachers, front of house and support team! We really appreciate your patience in all this and thank you for all of your kind works and support. Hoopla’s purpose is to bring people together[…]

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We are currently still running all of our shows and classes. We are following public health England and NHS guidelines which doesn’t currently advise blanket lock-down or cancelling of events but does currently state as of 14th March: “Stay at home for 7 days if you have either: – a high temperature – a new,[…]

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The future of long-form Interview by Liam Brennan with Hoopla Steve. I had a sit down interview with Hoopla Steve, to ask him about the future of long-form improvisation for Hoopla’s improv classes and shows. He had some really interesting ideas about the direction it’s going in, taking inspiration from the original zeitgeist that created long-form improv[…]

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Katy-and-Maria-banner

What is Long-form Improv? So you’ve nearly finished your level three course and learned how to improvise awesome standalone scenes! So what’s next? Total freedom! Welcome to the world of long-form improv! In brief, long-form improv gives the players less restrictions and a lot more freedom to play. Is there a character you like? Keep[…]

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Angel-of-the-North-Web

Different Areas of the UK Every year we run The Hoopla UK & Ireland Improv Festival to bring together different improv groups and communities from across the UK and Ireland. We pay the acts to help with their travel and accommodation, and put on free workshops so improvisers from different areas get the chance to[…]

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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 audience[…]

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