Casting Call

HOOPLA is casting for an exciting limited-run narrative show!

Scandalgate will hilariously detail the rise and fall (and maybe fall again) of the corrupt and the incompetent, the well-meaning and the vaguely competent – set in the world of the media, business and politics.

Think Succession, The Newsroom and House of Cards, thrown in a blender with The Thick of It.

Like all good narrative improv, it will be a mix of high stakes, emotional connections, grounded relationships and abject silliness.

The show will be directed and coached by Leo Maxwell, a founding member of narrative improv maestros The Descendants. Leo has produced their sell-out shows at The Camden Fringe in 2019 & 2022 as well as this year’s Vault Festival and is an unashamed narrative improv nerd.

For this show, we are looking to hear from improvisers with a passion for and ideally some experience of narrative improv comedy. We’d also welcome applications from those who have 3+ years performing long-form improv but who are drawn to storytelling.

You don’t have to be an avid politico but an interest in the news is a plus.

Cast members are expected to have good availability across the below dates, particularly for rehearsals – although as it is the summer, there is a little more flexibility around performances, where you can expect to do roughly 2/3s of the shows.

AUDITIONS: Tue 20 June – afternoon or evening (please say which is more convenient)


Sat 15 July 2023 – afternoon
Sat 22 July 2023 – afternoon
Sat 29 July 2023 – afternoon
Thu 13 July 2023 – evening
Thu 20 July 2023 – evening
Thu 27 July 2023 – evening
Thu 3 Aug 2023 – evening


Thu 3 Aug 2023
Fri 4 Aug 2023
Sat 5 Aug 2023
Thu 10 Aug 2023
Fri 11 Aug 2023
Sat 12 Aug 2023

To apply, please email and tell us why you’d like to be a part of the show! Please include relevant improv performance experience and training.  Applications close on Friday 26th May 2023. 

We will only be able to invite a select number of people to audition, so please don’t be too disheartened if we aren’t able to see you this time.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” Mark Twain

“The future is real. The past is all made up.” – Logan Roy

“He threw an egg at me, so I punched him.” – John Prescott

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