improvise a play!
improvised theatre course
A new 8 week course with Chris Mead and Maria Peters, including a performance at the end.
Chris and Maria will be focusing on what they are passionate about; creating improvised theatre with shows even better than scripted plays. A course inspired by the shows of TJ & Dave, Dummy and Dasiriski.
Performing emotionally connected scenes where laughter is a possibility but not the only response we want from the audience. Improv that focuses on relationships and interaction between human beings.
We’ll be breaking out of the rules of improv to focus on people going on stage with nothing and discovering everything they need right there in the moment in the relationship with their scene partner.
Scenes about how amazing it is to be alive and how interesting, funny, difficult and delightful life can be. We’ll aim to not just be funny but also be profound, delightful, sad and moving with improv that provokes emotions.
We’ll progressing together as a team over the course before shaping what we learn into a brand new show.
Improv from the heart.
next dates with Maria Peters
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 4th June 2019, with show on Saturday 27th July 2019. BOOK NOW
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.
Price: £230. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £130 once the course starts.
Teacher: Maria Peters (with guest teacher for one week).
Workshop Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP.
Tube: Liverpool Street or Moorgate.
The capital’s best improv. The UK’s first improv comedy club.
Teaches the skills you’ll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
Inspiring. Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm and an attentiveness that is rarely seen in a course.
Hoopla's workshops are supportive and collaborative.
If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla.
teacher Chris Mead
Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and The Hideout in Austin, Texas, as well as almost every improv school in London.
He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College and University of London.
He has performed at various improv festivals internationally including Austin Texas, Norway, Barcelona and Dublin.
Chris improvises with the award winning Maydays, sci-fi group Project2 and has recently co-founded Sonder, a company dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form.
Chris co-produces Geekeasy, one of the most popular regular nights at Hoopla’s Improv Theatre.
He is one of the Artistic Directors of The Nursery Theatre.
He also hosts YesBot, a podcast dedicated to the theory and craft of improv (but with added exploding robots).
teacher Maria Peters
Maria performs in Breaking & Entering and produces The Playground, which she has grown to be one of London’s most popular improv nights.
She has studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close. She has also studied with Keith Johnstone, New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in Chicago.
Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and played to sell-out audiences. She has also written for BBC Radio Comedy and is a regular on the improvised podcast Destination.
Maria has performed at numerous international improv festivals including Estonia, The Netherlands, Philadelphia, Portugal & Dublin.
To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 10 years in learning, training & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.
We’ll be covering a variety of topics and themes over the course, and also responding to the needs of the group.
- Emotional connection.
- Playing the truth of the scene.
- Making beautiful scenes.
- Being grounded and naturalistic.
- Playing longer scenes.
- Finding moments of play.
- Playing the relationship of the scene.
- Bringing yourself to the stage.
- Playing with silence.
- Stage pictures and stage craft.
- Great acting for improvisers.
- Discovering rather than inventing.
- Sense of stage craft and theatricality.
- Importance of being specific.
- Starting positive.
- Sense of theatricality and stagecraft.
- Playing emotional life events.
- Organically created emotionally connected scenes.
- Creating your own show formats as a group.
The exact topics and themes will vary depending on the group and will be developed as the course goes on.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv or acting experience who want to learn and experiment with a new style.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other advanced improv courses that would be suitable.
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 if I can't make every week?
As we’re forming a team over the course to do performances at the end it’s best not to miss more than two sessions over the course. Please don’t book the course if you’re likely to miss more than two sessions.
What’s the class size?
The group size is going to be limited to 15 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.
Where is the show?
The show takes place at our improv comedy club at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.
Do I have to perform in the show at the end?
No. The show is optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the show.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes. You can book and pay the £100 first instalment and pay the remaining £130 once the course starts.