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

This page is now out of date, please go to these links for more up to date info: >> Safety in classes >> Safety in shows >> Full booking flexibility >> Improv at 2m is still fun! >> Hoopla’s full risk assessment >> Government guidelines for performing arts     Previous update from 2nd April[…]

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This page is now out of date, please go to these links for more up to date info: >> Safety in classes >> Safety in shows >> Full booking flexibility >> Improv at 2m is still fun! >> Hoopla’s full risk assessment >> Government guidelines for performing arts     Old message from 14th March[…]

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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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Theatre illustration party

audition tips 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 focus on[…]

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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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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 from[…]

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