• discover and follow your own impulses on stage

improvised play course

Ruth Bratt is going to be teaching what she is most passionate about: The Improvised Play.

Ruth is a founder member of the Olivier award winning Showstoppers the Improvised Musical. She is also currently appearing in the BAFTA Award Winning People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three and BBC Two).

She also a member of improv shows The Glenda J Collective, The Comedy Store Players, The Playground, Ghost Couple, Panthercannon, The Actor’s Nightmare and more.

Basically, she’s an AMAZING improviser! And she’s here to do a course with Hoopla!

In the course you’ll be forgetting the “rules” and instead discovering what is right in front of you in the present moment without inventing anything. Ruth will be encouraging improvisers to explore greater movement, emotion, relationships and connection on stage and connect scenes together to create a theatrical improvised play.

You’ll be discovering and following your own impulses on stage and letting the story develop naturally in the moment.

We’ll progressing together as a team before shaping what we learn into a brand new show.

Only suitable for people with previous long-form improv or acting experience. If you haven’t got previous long-form or acting experience it’s best to do our long-form course first.

dates, time, location

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.

Workshop Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

Show Venue: Hoopla at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.

Tube: London Bridge.

Price: £220. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £120 once the course starts.

Teacher: Ruth Bratt

teacher Ruth Bratt

Ruth is a founder member of the OLIVIER award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Musical, the first improvised show to appear on the West End and also Radio 4.

She is also currently appearing in the BAFTA Award Winning People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three and BBC Two).

Other TV credits include Man Down (Channel 4), The Ministry of Curious Stuff (CBBC), Fast & Loose (BBC 2), and with Ricky Gervais in Derek (Channel 4).

She voiced several characters in both series of the BBC comedy Mongrels and also plays Marion in Sarah Millican’s hit series for BBC Radio 4, Sarah Millican’s Support Group.

With her comedy partner Lucy Trodd, Ruth was commissioned to write and star in a four part series for BBC Radio 4 based on their 2012 Edinburgh show Trodd en Bratt.

The first series was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for best scripted comedy.

She also regularly appears in improv shows The Glenda J Collective with Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans & Cariad Lloyd, Actor’s Nightmare The Improvised Play at Hoopla, The Playground, Panthercannon, Ghost Couple, and the world’s longest running improv show The Comedy Store Players.

Ruth has performed in seven London 50 hour Improvathons, two of the 50 hour Soapathons in Edmonton, Canada, and in improvathons at the Bristol Jam (Bristol Old Vic) and the Cork Festival.

Ruth first came to prominence when she was runner-up in the prestigious nationwide Babycham Funny Women stand up competition in 2005. In 2006 she co-starred with Kirsten O’Brien in Lesley’s Lunch Hour and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since. Edinburgh 2008 saw her first one-woman show with And On Your Left… Ruth Bratt and she also performed and produced The Reduced Edinburgh Fringe Impro Show.

Ruth has taught improvisation at LAMDA, GSA and The Bridge (where she also trained), and has run workshops in the UK, Italy and Austria.


  • Discovering instead of inventing.
  • Bringing the stage to life with movement and staging.
  • Making scenes and dialogue matter.
  • Emotional scenes.
  • Playing strong relationships.
  • Creating theatrical improvisation.
  • Being in the moment.
  • Forgetting the “rules” and discovering what is right in front of you without inventing anything.
  • Having a strong emotional connection between you and your scene partner.
  • Going moment by moment with each other.
  • Discovering and following your own impulses on stage and letting the story develop naturally in the moment.
  • Connecting scenes together to make an improvised


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