Genres improv course
Break out of the style of 'normal' and into the exciting world of genres! Online course.
Over this 5 week course you’ll be exploring a variety of different genres including Science Fiction, Western, Horror, Action Movies, 80s Buddy Cop Movies, Rom-Com, Silent Movie, H.G. Wells, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Disney and more.
Each week you’ll be breaking apart a genre and finding out what makes the story, the character archetypes, the tropes, and how to put it all together to improvise in that genre with characters with depth and captivating stories we care about.
In addition to the scheduled classes we’ll also be putting on additional optional socials to watch and discuss films in various genres.
You’ll also have the chance to pick your favourite movie, book or quirky genre and work on that.
Genres are an exciting way to stretch yourself as an improviser and explore stories, characters and emotions you wouldn’t usually get to do on stage.
dates, time, location
Dates: Every Saturday for 5 weeks from Saturday 17th April 2021. SOLD OUT
Times: 2pm – 4pm (UK time, BST, GMT+1).
Teacher: Steve Roe.
Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.
Only suitable for people with previous improv experience. If you haven’t got previous experience it’s best to start with our earlier level beginners improv course first.
This course is online:
1. Book your preferred date on this page.
2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you a 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.
Steve Roe is the Director and Co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 14 years.
Steve creates a friendly, fun & supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.
Steve has experience of teaching beginners, experienced improvisers, stand ups, drama school students and professional actors.
He has also taught improv at East 15 Drama School, Imperial College London and Oxford University, and to various corporate clients including Google, Facebook, Comedy Central, Apple, BBC and ITV.
In 2010 Steve founded the UK’s first ever improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, helping to create a vibrant community of performers and audience.
Hoopla’s Improv Comedy Club was recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and The Londonist.
Steve has studied improv with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from IO, Patti Styles from Improv Melbourne, Shawn Kinley from Loose Moose, The Annoyance, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Fooling with Jonathan Kay and Clown with Mick Barnfather.
Steve regularly hosts Hoopla’s nights at The Miller, as well as performing, producing and directing various groups across the London improv scene. Steve also produces and directs Hoopla’s house team programme.
He continues to support countless other shows that have popped up from Hoopla workshops and is influential in growing the UK’s improv scene.
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other advanced improv courses that would be suitable.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous long-form improv experience who want to learn and experiment with some new genres.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
You should have done our Level 2 improv course or above, ideally our Long-Form or Story courses.
Do I have to know the genres already?
No. You don't have to have any experience or knowledge of any of the genres, just previous improv experience.
What’s the class size?
The group size is going to be limited to 12 people while online - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop.
Is there a show?
No, because we want to focus on a different genre each week so won't have time to form a show. We can help independent shows that pop up from the course though.
What tech do I need to take part?
Laptop with camera and an internet connection. Laptops work better than phones or ipads, but phones and ipads also work.
When do you email the Zoom link to take part?
On the day of the first workshop.
Can I transfer to this from my booking for a real-life course?
Yes. We don't have the tech on our website for you to do this automatically, but email [email protected] if you would like to do this and we will move your booking and payment over and refund you any difference.