• hoopla improv encyclopedia

    a constantly growing collection of our favourite improv games and exercises

Hoopla are the UK’s first improv theatre and the UK’s biggest improv school with fun and friendly improv shows and classes every day of the week in London and across the UK. We provide fantastic ongoing performing opportunities to students from our courses and a warm, welcoming and supportive community to help make improv for everyone.

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A - Z

1

185

1 Minute Story

3 Things

8 Things

A

Action and Justify

Agony Aunt

The Alphabet Game

Am/Fm Radio

Animal Understudy

The Arms

Arnie

Arpeggio

B

Beat Poets

Bedtime Story

Big Body Tiny Head

Blind Date Character Quirks

C

CCTV

Chance Of A Lifetime

Change

Character Bench

Character Study

Choir

Columns/Pillars

Complaint Letter

Copy Dance

Creatures of the Deep

D

Day In The Life

Déjà Vu

Diddly Dum

Director’s Cut

Dubbing

E

Emotional Squares

F

Fairy Tale

Film Dub

Follow the Leaver

Forward/Reverse

Freeze Tag

G

Game-O-Matic

Genre Cauldron

Genre Rollercoaster

Gibberish Award Ceremony

Greatest Hits

H

Half Life

Henry

Hitch Hiker

Honkasaurus Rex

Household Olympics

How We Met

I

I Love You

Instagram Slide Show

Instruction Manual Die

Is It Is It Wiki’d

Interview Switch

J

Job Interview

K

Knife Throwing

L

Last Letter

Last Text You Sent

Late for Work

Lines From A Hat

Love Hearts

Love You

M

Machine

Meanwhile

Meet & Greet Walkabout

Melodrama

Mimic

Mind Meld

Move On

Movie Cards

Movie Director Interview

N

Netflix & Chill

New Choice

Newsreader

O

One Voice

Oracle

Ordinary Object

Oscar Winning Moment

P

Pan Left

Party Quirks

Piece of Cheese

Pillars/Columns

Poetry Corner

Pop-up Book

Props

Puppets

Q

Questions Only

R

Rap Battle

Rewind/Fast-Forward

Rewrite History

Royal Status Game

S

Scene Repeater

Scene Replay

Sex With Me

Shared Holiday

Sing It

Sit Stand Lie Lean

Slideshow

Sound Effects

Spelling Bee

Stories From Grandpa

Story Conductor

Story Swap

Stunt Doubles

Superheroes

Synchronised Clapping

T

Three Headed Expert

Time Jump

Toaster

Triangles

Triggers

Typewriter

U

Underscore

Understudy

V

Volcano

W

What’s Going On?

What’s on your Stupid T-Shirt? 

Week in Detail

Wild West

Wise Wise Wise

Word at a Time Expert

Word at a Time Story

World’s Worst

Written Lines

X

Xylophone

Y

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Yes And

Yes Based Conversations

Yipee

 

Z

Zip Zap Zop

Categories

Warm Ups

These are played at the start of all of our courses to help you get out of work mode and into the fun zone!

Warm Ups

Name Games

Ice Breakers / Get to know you

Opening Ceremonies

Closing Ceremonies

Random Fun Games / Breakaways

Core Improv Skills

These are the main focus of our Level 1 Beginners Improv Course and covered in depth on that course. These give you the foundations to go on to learn any other form of improv. They are also covered at the start of each session of our higher level courses as we believe it’s essential to keep practice the core skills of improv on a regular basis.

Listening

Support and Teamwork

Group Mind

Agreement / Accepting

Being Obvious / Real / Top of Intelligence / Not Gagging

Yes And / Accept and Build

Commitment

Spontaneity

Offers / Endowments / Statements

Fun with Mistakes / Incorporating Mistakes

Positivity / Delaying Conflict

Character / Emotions / Relationships

These are touched on in our Level 1 Course but covered properly in more detail in our Level 2 Course and  especially on our Level 3 Course.

Character

Emotions

Relationships / Talk to Each Other About Each Other

Status

Meisner

Truth and Honesty / Saying How You Feel

Objectives

Movement / Physicality

Scene Work

These are covered to epic depth on our level 3 course where you will become awesome at improvising scenes. We also touch on various elements of scene work in our level 1 and level 2 course, but level 3 is where you become you the ultimate improv scene ninja.

Who What Where / Platforms / Exploring / Identifying each other

Environment / Space work

Object Work / Mime

Fun Thing / Game of Scene / Patterns in Scenes

Tilt / Fun thing / Unusual thing

Escalating / Heightening

Justifying

Advancing / Bridging / Now / Cutting to the Chase

Reincorporating

Scene structures

Show Styles & Formats

At our higher level courses you get to learn a different show style or format per course and then perform that format live in front of an audience at our venue at the end of the course.

Short-Form Games

Long-Form Formats

Solo Improv

Musical Improv

Narrative Improv

 

If there are any other categories you’d like to see here please get in touch and we will add them to the list.

Hoopla are the UK’s first improv theatre and the UK’s biggest improv school with fun and friendly improv shows and classes every day of the week in London and across the UK. We provide fantastic ongoing performing opportunities to students from our courses and a warm, welcoming and supportive community to help make improv for everyone.

If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls for new shows and news about the improv scene please subscribe.

You can also follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram.