improv classes & courses
Hoopla’s improv classes & courses offer the most fun and friendly place to learn and play with improv in the UK.
We create a friendly, fun, sociable and supportive atmosphere in all our improv classes where people are free to play and be themselves. You don’t need any previous experience in improv, comedy or acting to take part.
Hoopla are the founders of the UK’s first improv theatre and have been established for over 14 years. We are also the UK’s biggest improv school, training 1000s of people every year.
We have the most experienced improv teachers in the UK, with their performing credits including The Showstoppers, Dreamweaver Quartet, Bumper Blyton, The Comedy Store Players, The Maydays, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums and more.
Hoopla offer a warm welcoming community to our students and loads of performing opportunities, even after a course, with ongoing support and regular shows at our improv theatre.
All of our improv classes & courses are based in central London at venues including London Bridge, Liverpool Street and King’s Cross.
The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.
Hoopla's workshops are supportive and collaborative.
If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm and an attentiveness that is rarely seen in a course.
This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you’ll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!
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.
Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's day. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.
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Level 1: Beginners improv courses
Our best course if you are new to improv. An 8 week course to learn the core skills of improvisation in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever.
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Level 2: Performance improv course
An 8 week improv course to gently introduce you into performing improv live on stage for the first time. With an end of course show of short-form games & scenes at our improv comedy club.
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Level 3: Scenes improv course
Our ultimate scenes course to make you awesome at improvising character and relationship driven scenes in a fun, playful and spontaneous Hoopla style! With performance at the end.
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Level 4: Long-form improv course
An 8 week course exploring longer scenes in greater depth, and how to have fun connecting scenes together to explore themes and patterns across time and space. With a performance at the end.
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Level 5: Advanced long-form courses
A variety of advanced improv classes including improvised theatre, improvised narrative, improvised movies, character, harolds, deconstruction, commedia, clown, stagecraft, solo improv, and improvised musicals.
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Ongoing performing opportunities
People from Hoopla courses receive amazing ongoing performing opportunities with the chance to perform on a weekly basis in one of our house teams. Our improv theatre has shows 7 nights a week featuring people who have trained with Hoopla.
Already done some improv or acting training and not sure where to start? Click here to find out!
Our improv classes are incredibly fun, sociable and enjoyable. We create a really safe, trusting, supportive and playful atmosphere and there is a lot of laughter in the room!
Playing with impro is based upon people being present, playful and spontaneous in the moment by using the foundations of Listen, Yes And, Commit.
Improvisation is the ultimate team game with actors working together, listening to each other, and building on each other’s ideas to create whole new stories and scenes in the moment.
Individual improvisers don’t have to be individually clever, fast or funny. It is more about collaboratively working and playing together to build a greater whole. It’s a team game.
From these foundations improvisers work together to create exciting and captivating scenes, sketches and stories from nothing.
Hoopla was founded in January 2006 by Steve Roe and Edgar Fernando, two old school friends who have known each other since they were 4 years old.
Hoopla founded the UK’s first ever Improvised Comedy Club at The Miller in London Bridge, recently recommended by Time Out, The Evening Standard and The Londonist.
“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.” – The Londonist
We currently run at least 30 improv classes a week, as well as putting on shows every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to 1000s of people a year.
All of Hoopla’s teachers are approved, trained, highly experienced performers who have performed with groups across the London scene and Edinburgh Fringe.
Hoopla is the UK’s biggest improvisation training school.
improv for everyone
Our improv classes & courses are open to all.
You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever. You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny.
We get people from all professions and backgrounds because it’s a great place to relax after work and do all the fun bits of drama and improvisation without the commitment of regular rehearsals or learning lines.
Our improv classes are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced actors and improvisers.
We’ve worked with total beginners, experienced improvisers, drama school students, stand-ups and professional actors. We’ve worked with companies including Google, Facebook, Apple, Imperial College London, and charities including Mencap, Jigsaw4U and St. Mungo’s.
Our improv classes and courses are a great introduction to the world of impro, comedy and drama. All ages, all backgrounds, improv is for everyone.
We like to keep improv open to all so we offer half-price or free places on improv classes to students, unemployed or people on lower incomes. We also work with a number of schools and charities to help make improv available to everyone.
What course is best to start with if I haven't done anything before?
Our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course is the best one to start with. You don't need any previous experience of improv, comedy or acting to take part.
I've never done any acting or impro before, is that ok?
Yes that's ok, our Beginners Improv Course assumes no previous experience of acting or impro and starts from scratch. Most of the people on it will also have little or no previous experience of improv.
What course is best to start with if I've done some acting our improv before?
Do I have to start at level 1 if I've already done some acting or improv classes?
No, you are welcome to start at a higher level if you have previous experience, we don't force people to start from scratch if they have previous experience.
What are the class sizes?
Around 12-14 people, maximum 16. We limit the class sizes so that the class is small enough that you get lots of time on stage but big enough that there is a fun atmosphere.
What kind of people do your classes?
All manner of backgrounds, all ages and all levels of performing experience . We get everyone from never been on a stage before and doing it for the challenge or just for fun, to professional actors and comedians. Professions include students, teachers, computer programmers, accountants, doctors, actors, lawyers, advertising creatives, nurses and more. You don’t need any previous acting background to do our courses. Everyone’s welcome. Hoopla specialise in making impro open and accessible to everyone.
Who teaches the classes?
Please see each course page for teacher biographies. All of our teachers are successful improv performers on the improv scene and regularly perform at our venue, around the UK improv circuit, The Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals.
Is it sociable?
Yes, improv is probably the most sociable hobby going. We usually stay for a drink after all our workshops, conveniently located near pubs, and our Improv Comedy Club is also a great place to hang out after shows. There’s a massive and rapidly growing scene to get involved in.
How do I get to perform?
Hoopla have more performing opportunities than any other improv company. Our Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 improv courses and stand up and sketch comedy courses all have shows at the end. We also run the UK's first ever Improv Comedy Club so have space for you to perform ongoing. Every Thursday evening and early Saturday evening we book in groups that have formed from our courses to give them space to build up stage time and develop new shows. Every Wednesday evening we have a free open to all jam that is open to anyone to turn up and perform. Every season we run auditions and cast for our new shows for the season, we announced details of casting calls over our facebook and twitter. We also host regular Improv Networking Events to get improvisers meeting groups. Hoopla have a lovely community of improvisers and it would be great to have you be part of it.
Where do the courses take place?
All of our courses take place in convenient, easy to get to Central London locations including London Bridge, King's Cross and Liverpool Street. Please see individual course pages for details.
What do you do in the classes?
We start with a chat from the teacher to create a warm and supportive environment. We then do some fun warm-ups to get moving, get out of "word-mode" and start playing. We then do various exercises on that week's main theme for example listening, spontaneity or character. After the break we then put this all together to have some fun improvising scenes, stories and games.
What age do you have to be?
We are open to all ages over 18. Impro is suitable for all ages, we’ve had everyone from 18 to over 80. It’s physical but not more physical than normal every day life, and you are welcome to take a break whenever you want or sit out of exercises you don’t think would be suitable.
Do you do prices for concessions?
Yes. We want to make improv available to everyone so don't want price to be a barrier. If you are a student, unemployed or on low income please contact us and we will be able to arrange something.
Are you accessible to wheelchair users?
Yes. If you use a wheelchair please contact us at time of booking and we will make sure your course is an accessible venue. We are happy to work with you to make all the games we play accessible.
Beginners Impro - This is a brilliant course, which I cannot rate highly enough. The teachers are experts in the field of impro and made sure that everyone had fun from beginning to end. The course is taken in a relaxed and supportive environment which meant everyone was able to 'let go' and enjoy themselves. It was so much fun, I have just booked the next course!
We heart you! Such a fun 8 weeks and such great people! I shall be seeing you again!
Thank you for an awesome session this eve. Haven't laughed this much on a Monday eve for years 🙂
Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!
The workshop was just so much fun with an amazing teacher.
Have I mentioned that I’m Learning Improv with @hooplaimpro and it is the best thing ever? Because I am and it is.
Just wanted to give you a huge thank you for this amazing two months in improv courses. I really liked the passion you put each evening and the energy in explaining all the practices, games and skills. I sincerely enjoyed each and every one of them. Besides all the improv techniques I learnt, it was a fantastic experience.
The best thing was in fact just how much fun the course was. The teacher was great, my fellow students were great and this all made the end of course performance a blast!
Everyone who attended couldn't be more positive, everyone loved your energy and style!
A smash hit. The feedback has been really amazing.