• the hero's journey

the hero's journey

A new online mini-course.

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative structure based on the work of Joseph Cambell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey.

It explores character archetypes and story structures that are common to myths and legends, and it can be applied to modern storytelling and improv to create captivating stories. This structure was hugely influential on the movie industry and can also be applied to improv to make stories that have deeper themes with exciting characters.

Explore character archetypes like The Hero, Mentor, Threshold Guardian, Herald, Shapeshifter, Shadow, Ally, Trickster and more.

Go on exciting adventures from The Ordinary World to The Special World with stages including the call to adventure, refusal of the call, meeting with the mentor, crossing the first threshold, tests, allies, enemies, approach to the inmost cave, the ordeal, reward, the road back, the final ordeal, resurrection and return with the elixir.

Most of all this is going to be loads of fun and a great opportunity to go on improv adventures with improvisers from around the world!

This course is only suitable for people with previous improv experience. If you haven’t got previous improv experience please start with our beginners improv course.

dates, time, location

2 day mini-course


Friday 5th February and Sunday 7th February 2021: SOLD OUT

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm both nights.

Teacher: Steve Roe.

Price: £40.

Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.

Ages: 18+

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.

The above 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.

teacher Steve Roe

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 Accenture, 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. He has also studied Meisner with Salon Collective, City Lit, Act Up and Actor’s Temple.

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.