• Level 3: Scenes

level 3 improv course: scenes

This is our ULTIMATE scenes course!

You’ve done our beginners course and level 2, and now is the time to become AWESOME at improvising longer improv scenes!

We’ve taken over a decade’s experience from running the UK’s first improv theatre and distilled it into this course to give you the absolute best training in improvised scene work in the UK.

Each week you’ll be up performing scenes, scenes and more scenes, receiving some helpful feedback and exercises, and then perform even more scenes. You’ll become awesome at improvising character and relationship driven scenes in a fun, playful and spontaneous Hoopla style! We aim to help you unleash emotions on stage and find your true playful spontaneous self.

At Hoopla great scene work is about removing the blocks between you and your scene partner to release a natural flowing spontaneity. We encourage you to open your heart and mind on stage.

We’ll be playing with lots of fun skills like character, emotion, relationships, truth, honesty, game of the scene, patterns, themes, status, escalating the fun, spontaneity and more!

Most of all; it works! This isn’t improv from a text book. It’s improv on the stage, for an audience, from the people who have been running an improv theatre and performing long-form improv for over 14 years!

Plus you get to perform in a show at the end!

what's the difference between this and the level 2 course?

  • Longer scenes.
  • More feedback.
  • Greater depth of character.
  • Greater depth of relationships.
  • Greater depth of emotions.
  • More open scenes than structured games.
  • More about playful scene structure including game of the scene.
  • Still LOADS of FUN!

ongoing performance opportunities at the UK's first improv theatre

Hoopla provide more performance opportunities to our students than any other UK company.

After doing this course you will be eligible to audition for our house teams who perform at our venue every single week, giving you a huge amount of experience on stage. You can also come to our twice-weekly jams to build up stage experience. We even have a full-time producer employed just to provide you with ongoing performance opportunities and to help you with forming your own groups.

next available dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 16th March 2022 with James Irving, plus show on Monday 9th May 2022. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 22nd March 2022 with Maria Peters, plus show on Saturday 14th May 2022. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 26th March 2022, plus show on Saturday 21st May 2022. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 11th June 2022, plus show on Wednesday 3rd August 2022. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 11th January 2022 with Maeve Ryan, plus show on Saturday 5th March 2022. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends
  • Liverpool Street.
  • £230
  • As above
£230. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £130 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in King’s Cross:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 23rd March 2022, plus show on Saturday 21st May 2022. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 9th June 2022, plus show on Thursday 4th August 2022. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 18th January 2022 with Monica Gaga, plus show on Wednesday 9th March 2022. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • King’s Cross.
  • £230
  • As above
£230. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £130 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge/Borough:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 9th May 2022, plus show on Wednesday 29th June 2022. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 24th May 2022, plus show on Wednesday 13th July 2022. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th January 2022 with James Witt, plus show on Friday 4th March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 25th January 2022 with Conor Jatter, plus show on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • London Bridge/Borough.
  • £230
  • As above
£230. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £130 once the course starts.

online alternatives

In addition to the real-life Level 3 options above we also have various online courses of an equivalent level at our Level 3 Online.

the UK's most experienced teachers

All of our teachers are professional improvisers, actors and teachers who perform every week at our club as well as with shows like The Maydays, Showstoppers, The Comedy Store Players, The Playground, The RH Experience, Project2, Dreamweaver and more.

They teach you the skills you actually need on stage, based on real life experience at the highest levels of improv performance. We only employ teachers that are actually up there performing themselves.

The teaching style in this course is warm, supportive and encouraging while still giving you the helpful constructive individual feedback you need to be an awesome improviser. At Hoopla we can cover big themes while still keeping it playful and fun.

welcoming improv community

At Hoopla you are part of a large friendly improv community with jams every week, discounted tickets to our shows for you plus a friend for the entire duration of the course, socials, networking events, festivals, parties and online resources. We help connect you to a network of improvisers and friends for life. Even years after the course we’re there for you.

what's included

Core Improv Skills

  • Teamwork and support.
  • Group mind.
  • Listening.
  • Yes And.
  • Going line by line, offering and accepting.
  • Being obvious and real.
  • Commitment.
  • Spontaneity.

 

Relationships

  • Talking to each other about each other.
  • Being emotionally honest in the present moment.
  • Finding agreement and relationship instead of conflict.
  • Meisner technique to encourage emotional spontaneity.
  • Playing with full emotional intelligence.
  • Cutting to the chase and escalating emotions.

 

Character

  • Finding character through emotional and physical changes.
  • Reactions to power scenes from the start.
  • Status and status transactions.
  • Playing character objectives to make scenes matter.
  • Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
  • Base emotions, happy, sad, fearful, angry.

 

Who What Where / Platforms

  • Fun physical ways to establish location in a scene.
  • Creating and naming characters spontaneously.
  • Identifying the relationship through emotional connection.
  • Creating believable objects and environments using mime.
  • Actions, Entrances, Shared Activities.

 

Tricky Scenes

  • Scene clinic to work on your personal scene challenges.
  • Group scenes and focus.
  • Making the scene work when someone is blocking you.

Scene Structure

  • Building a fun believable world at the start of the scene.
  • Spotting something fun and patterns in the scene.
  • Tilts and changes in the scene. Reacting to change.
  • Defining what scene is about.
  • Escalating fun things, patterns, themes and behaviours in the scene, also referred to as game of scene.
  • Walk-ons, Interlopers, Canadian Cross.
  • Making action happen in the now.
  • Justifying and incorporating mistakes.
  • Reincorporating and ending scenes.

 

Staging

  • How to make scenes look good on stage.
  • Bringing movement and physicality to improv.

 

Show Formats

  • Scenes from suggestion and how to use audience suggestions.
  • Scenes from written suggestions.
  • Open scenes.
  • 2-3 people scenes.
  • Group scenes.
  • Variety of scene styles and tempo over a show.

 

In the next course (level 4):

  • Jumping through space and time.
  • Edits and tags to connect scenes together.
  • Exploring themes, patterns, games and relationships by linking scenes together.
  • Multiple scene shows with reoccurring characters and scenes!

 

In later courses (level 5):

  • Exploring the full diverse range of professional improv show formats including Narrative Long-Form, Improvised Theatre, Improvised Musicals, Harolds, The Deconstruction, Commedia dell’Arte and more!

our teachers

Maria Peters

Maria produces and performs in Breaking & Entering and The Playground, one of Hoopla’s most popular shows. 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 and Chicago’s Second City. Maria is also a professional educator and has spent over 15 years in learning & development.

James Whittaker

James Irving

James performs in Dreamer Quartet the improvised musical, one of Hoopla’s most possible improv shows. He also tours nationwide with The Impromptu Shakespeare Company and Bumper Blyton the improvised Enid Blyton adventure, as well as performing with The Concept, Classic Andy and James & I. He trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a principal Baritone for Grim’s Dyke Opera.

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Monica Gaga

Monica hosts Hoopla’s main weekend shows and performs in Do The Right Scene, Derek’s Mojo, The Playground and The Hell Yeahs. She also regularly performs with The Yes Queens on London’s West End and at festivals nationwide. Monica has also recently appeared in sketches for BBC 3 Comedy. She trained in Community Theatre at East 15 Drama School.

Conor Jatter

Conor Jatter

Conor has performed improv for over 10 years with The RH Experience including multiple runs at The Edinburgh Fringe.  The RH Experience were awarded Google’s YouTube NextUp prize for their online comedy. He also produces RH & Friends, one of Hoopla’s most popular improv nights. Conor also hosts the daily show on AAJA Radio and heads up design at The Soho Theatre. He has trained with Philippe Gaulier.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in and directs The Dreamweaver Quartet, one of Hoopla’s most popular shows. He has also performed in NewsRevue, Music Box The Improvised Musical, Newsical and hit Edinburgh show Brexit the Musical. He also co-produces Hoopla’s online content. He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham and Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting.

Katy Schutte, improv teacher

Katy Schutte

Katy performs in award winning improv troupe The Maydays, sci-fi troupe Project2, and produces Geekeasy the comedy night for nerds. She has trained at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, UCB and Second City Chicago. She has toured with Fluxx and Baby Wants Candy, performed multiple solo shows at The Edinburgh Fringe and appeared in The London and Liverpool Improvathons. She is the author of improv book The Improviser’s Way.

faqs

From 19th July 2021 there are no legal restrictions on our classes or shows, however some of our covid safety measures will be staying in place and others will be gradually phased out rather than being removed all at once. This is so we can keep improv fun while also keeping safety in classes and shows. We will also be able to adjust month by month and rollback changes if needed.

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