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 9th April and Sunday 11th April 2021: BOOK NOW
Friday 21st May and Sunday 23rd May 2021: BOOK NOW
Friday 5th February and Sunday 7th February 2021: SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm both nights.
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.
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.
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other online courses that would be suitable.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv experience who want to learn and experiment with the The Hero's Journey and apply it to improv. You don't need previous narrative experience, we'll cover that in the course.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
While running online all we ask is that you have done at least our Beginners Improv Course or a similar amount somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people new to improv.
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. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.
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 that has been postponed?
Yes. We don't have the tech on our website for you to do this automatically, but email email@example.com if you would like to do this and we will move your booking and payment over and refund you any difference.
Will this course keep going online if covid restrictions and lockdowns are totally removed?
Yes, it will finish online to make sure everyone can make it including those from outside London.