emotional connection course
Get into trouble and fall in love!
The most important thing on an improv stage is your scene partner.
So logically as the only other real, living, breathing thing in the scene, your relationship to them is of the utmost importance. You can transform your improv by learning to forge an emotional connection with them.
Feel something, anything, about them – deeply, irrationally, completely and see how your scenes blossom in delightful and unfathomable ways.
This course will teach you performance grade techniques that you can use immediately to get out of your head and improvise from your heart. Whether you know your fellow improviser well or are playing with them for the first time, harness the life-changing power of caring about your scene partner.
A course inspired by the shows of TJ & Dave, Dummy and Dasiriski.
Improv that focuses on truthful emotional connection, relationships and interaction between human beings, leading to both hilarious and touching scenes.
Improv from the heart.
I've done most of the courses at Hoopla, each as interesting and rewarding as the last. The improvised theatre (now called emotional connection) course is the latest I've done and it has been thought provoking, challenging, creative, varied and the trust built in such a short time was amazing. This was one of those times where the course, teacher and group all came together. Such a fantastic course, a great style of improv to learn and can't fault Chris as a teacher.
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.
dates, times, location
Dates: Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 11th September 2019, plus show on Sunday 3rd November 2019. BOOK NOW
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.
Price: £235. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £135 once the course starts.
Teacher: Chris Mead.
Workshop Location: The Nursery Training Centre, 6th Floor, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, London, SE1 3QD.
Tube: London Bridge.
Dates (5 nights):
Monday 19th August – Friday 23rd August 2019 inclusive. SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.
Price: £170. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £85 followed by the remaining £85 once the course starts.
Teacher: Chris Mead.
Workshop Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue, off Whitecross Place, London, EC2M 2PP.
Tube: Liverpool Street or Moorgate.
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).
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 relationship of the scene.
- Playing the truth of the scene.
- Making beautiful scenes.
- Finding moments of play.
- Bringing yourself to the stage.
- Comedy coming from being truthful, honest and real.
- Stage pictures and stage craft.
- Great acting for improvisers.
- Discovering rather than inventing.
- Truth in comedy.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous improv or acting experience who want to go into deeper emotional connection and relationships on stage.
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.
Does this course replace the Improvised Theatre course?
Yes. We found in the Improvised Theatre course that we wanted to focus on emotional connection above everything else, so we are doubling down on that. The narrative side of improvised theatre we will instead be covering in our narrative long-form course.
What if I can't make every session?
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.
Is there a show at the end?
With the longer 8 week version yes. Not with the shorter summer intensive.
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 half at time of booking and pay the other half when the course starts. We email you a payment link for the 2nd payment.