character, accents, impressions
online character course
With Susan Harrison from Showstoppers & Beings AND Andrew Gentilli from Beings & Music Box.
Expand your character range and go beyond your default characters.
We all have certain characters that we go to in improv, from naturalistic to larger than life. Sue and Andrew will be providing fun energetic exercises and helpful feedback to help you to get out of your comfort zone and find new ways of improvising characters and expand your character range.
They will be teaching a variety of great tools to help find characters in improv including Physicality, Inspiration from Animals, Voice, Tempo and more.
Andrew will also be teaching a whole session on Accents & Impressions which is ridiculously fun.
We’ll be putting this all together to improvise fun yet believable characters that have depth, as even the weirdest of weirdo characters have feelings too!
We’ll then be looking at how to hold your character with relationships in longer scenes as they are put into various situations with lots and lots of scene and character practice.
Most of all it’s going to be LOADS of fun with a fun and energetic teaching style.
This course is suitable for all levels except if you are totally new to improv it would be best to start with our beginners improv course first.
dates, time, location
Every Tuesday for 4 weeks from Tuesday 21st July 2020. BOOK NOW
Every Thursday for 4 weeks from Thursday 2nd July 2020. SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm – 9pm each week.
Price: £115. Reduced to £95 if your income has been reduced by lockdown.
Teacher: Susan Harrison (3 weeks) AND Andrew Gentilli (1 week).
Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.
This course is online:
1. Book your place on this page.
2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you 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. Laptops work better than ipads and phones for improv over Zoom.
5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.
Sue performs with the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Muscial, performing in the West End, Edinburgh Fringe and national tours.
She was a series regular for series 1 and 2 of the BAFTA nominated CBBC sketch show Definitely Not Newsround (for which she wrote her own characters) and was a series regular for series 2 and 3 of BAFTA nominated sketch show Class Dismissed, also for CBBC.
Sue has taken four character shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, one of which “Creatures” won a ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award. Her numerous characters include an elderly mermaid, a folk singing Tony Blair, Andy Warhol in a giant can of soup and a horse who has had plastic surgery to become a unicorn.
She also performs with two-prov group BEINGS and guests with GTI, The Playground and The Actors Nightmare as well as hosting her own character cabaret night.
Sue has a podcast with fellow comedian Gemma Arrowsmith hosted by The British Comedy Guide.
“First class comic acting” (The Guardian)
“A Perfomer with depth and range; able to read the audience with the precision of an old hand…a fantastic character comedian” (Chortle)
She trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Andrew trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama and Drama Centre London before going on to study improvisation at iO Chicago, UCB New York, The Loose Moose Theatre in Canada and various masterclasses across Europe and, of course, Hoopla!
He performs in Music Box the Improvised Musical and Beings with Susan Harrison, two of Hoopla’s most popular shows. He also founded short-form team The Inflatables and long-form play troupe Storybag. He has performed at improv festivals around the world.
He is a professional voiceover artist, specialising in character voices and celebrity impersonations.
Andrew’s focus in improv is on creating vivid characters and relationships to make engaging scenes and narratives, and bringing a positive spirit to short, long, or freeform improv.
Who is this suitable for?
People who have done at least our Level 1 Improv Course and want to explore characters, accents and impressions in more detail.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
You should have done at least our Level 1 improv course or a similar amount of improv somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people totally new to improv or acting.
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other online improv courses that would be suitable, with themes like story, character, scenes and more.
What if I’m running late?
We’ll be starting each session at 7pm. This is an advanced course and we’re trying to form a team, so please don’t book this course if you are likely to be late on a regular basis.
What’s the class size?
Maximum of 12.
Is there an end of course show?
No. We want to focus on Character and we've found doing show formats on top of that can be distracting.
What 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.
Do I need to sign up to Zoom in advance?
No. On the day of the workshop we email you with all you need for zoom.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 lock-down stops earlier than expected?
Yes, it will finish online to make sure everyone can make it including those from outside London.
Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!
We heart you! Such a fun 8 weeks and such great people! I shall be seeing you again!
The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.
Thank you for an awesome session this eve. Haven't laughed this much on a Monday eve for years 🙂
Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's morning. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.
Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm-and an attentiveness-that is rarely seen in the classroom.
The workshop was just so much fun with an amazing teacher.
You really rocked it as ever, and I have heard nothing but good from the participants. Once again, thanks again for a splendid series of workshops.