hoopla improv encyclopedia
a constantly growing collection of our favourite improv games and exercises
Hoopla improv are the UK’s first improv theatre and the UK’s biggest improv school with fun and friendly shows and improv 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!
This is an alphabetical collection of some of our favourite games and improv exercises, we are adding to it all the time. We also have an additional Beginners Improv Exercises list that is perfect for people new to improv.
A - Z of improv exercises
Cliched Characters Instant Depth
Circle of Extraordinary Coincidences
Good Improviser Bad Improviser
I’m a Piece of Cheese (/Three in a Circle/I am a Whisk)
I’m Great, You’re Great, We’re Great
I’ve Got a Word That Rhymes With…
John Cremer Characters and Scenes
Location, Relationship, Escalate, End
Ordinary scene until ridiculous
Step on stage to build a relationship
What’s on your Stupid T-Shirt?
If there are any other games you’d like to see here please get in touch and we will add them to the list!
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We are gradually categorising the games, exercises and show formats from our improv encyclopedia to help things be easier to navigate.
This is a work in progress so as we finish each category you’ll see each link below become active:
- Warm Ups (in progress).
- Listening (in progress).
- Agreement (in progress).
- Yes And (in progress).
- Spontaneity (in progress).
- Character (in progress).
- Relationships (in progress).
- Who What Where (in progress).
- Scenes (in progress).
- Short-Form Show Games.
- Long-Form (in progress).
- Story (in progress).
- Musical (in progress).