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 long-form improv scenes! This is also the best place to start if you have already done some improv training somewhere else but would like to have some fun with Hoopla.
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 long-form 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 be learning it Hoopla style: fun, playful, spontaneous, character and relationship based improv!
Instead of bogging you down with unnecessary rules we aim to help you unleash emotions on stage and find your true playful spontaneous self.
For Hoopla great scene work isn’t about rigid frameworks to restrict you. Instead it’s about removing the barriers between you and your scene partner to release a natural flowing spontaneity. Instead of narrowing down we encourage you to open your heart and mind on stage.
Improv scenes are vibrant works of comedic art made up of many beautifully fun skills including character, emotion, relationships, truth, honesty, games in scenes, 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 10 years.
Plus you get to perform in a show at the end!
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.
The capital’s best improv. The UK’s first improv comedy club.
Will teach the skills you’ll need to master scenes, stories and sketches
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. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.
Thanks for the workshop. The team loved it!
next available dates
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 10th September 2019 with James Witt, plus show on Tuesday 5th November 2019. BOOK NOW
Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 11th September 2019 with Susan Harrison, plus show on Thursday 31st October 2019. BOOK NOW
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 6th June 2019 with Jonah Fazel, plus show on Monday 29th July 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 19th September 2019 with Nick Oram, plus performance on Wednesday 13th November 2019. BOOK NOW
Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 3rd June 2019 with James Witt, plus performance on Thursday 25th July 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 24th April 2019 with Amy Cooke-Hodgson, plus show Saturday 15th June 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 25th April 2019 with Amy Cooke-Hodgson, plus show Saturday 15th June 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 9th September 2019 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Tuesday 29th October 2019. BOOK NOW
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 6th June 2019 with Chris Mead, plus show on Sunday 28th July 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 6th June 2019 with Chris Mead, plus show on Sunday 28th July 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 14th May 2019 with Liam Brennan, plus show on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. SOLD OUT
Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 15th May 2019 with Steve Roe, plus show on Saturday 6th July 2019. SOLD OUT
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 Showstoppers, Austentatious, The Comedy Store Players, The Playground, The Maydays, 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, free 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.
follow up course
The best follow up to this course is our Level 4 Improv Course which is all about connecting scenes together and editing scenes through time and space to perform a multiple scene show with reoccurring characters from just one suggestion as if by magic! It’s exciting stuff, and opens the way to loads of cool show formats to try out in our advanced courses.
Core Improv Skills
- Teamwork and support.
- Group mind.
- Yes And.
- Going line by line, offering and accepting.
- Being obvious and real.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scene clinic to work on your personal scene challenges.
- Group scenes and focus.
- Making the scene work when someone is blocking you.
- 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.
- How to make scenes look good on stage.
- Bringing movement and physicality to improv.
- 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!
Amy performs in Chortle award winning Austentatious, one of the UK’s most successful ever improv shows with sold out performances on the West End, Edinburgh Fringe and national tours. She also performs in and directs Bumper Blyton, with sold out shows on The Edinburgh Fringe. She has also performed with the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Musical, Abandoman, The Oxford Imps and more.
Nick performs in long-form group Do Not Adjust Your Stage, one of the most popular shows at Hoopla. He has trained under a range of improvisers including perfomers from the IO, Second City and UCB. In 2015, Nick appeared in BBC Three’s Murder in Successville. He won the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Writing Competition in 2017 with his script Last One Left. He is also directing a new long-form house team with Hoopla.
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.
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.
Steve is the Director of Hoopla. He has trained in improv with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern (iO), UCB & more. He has also trained in Clown with Mick Barnfather and Fooling with Jonathan Kay. Steve produces Hoopla’s house teams and performs in Gamez and Music Box. Steve also runs Hoopla’s corporate training workshops with clients including Google, Facebook and Accenture. He has been teaching improv for over 14 years with Hoopla.
Sue performs with the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Muscial, performing in the West End, Edinburgh Fringe and national tours. She also performs improv with Beings, Grand Theft Impro, Actor’s Nightmare and The Playground. She was a series regular for series 1 and 2 of the BAFTA nominated CBBC sketch show Definitely Not Newsround and was a series regular for series 2 and 3 of BAFTA nominated sketch show Class Dismissed, also for CBBC.
Is there a follow on after this course?
My friend yes! This course makes you awesome at improvising scenes, and the next course is our level 4 improv course which is all about connecting those awesome scenes together to make an entire show of reoccurring character and scenes from just one suggestion.
How much improv experience should I have before doing this course?
Who is this suitable for?
Do I have to start at level 1 if I have previous improv experience?
No, you are welcome to start at level 2 or 3 if you have previous improv experience, we don't force people to start from scratch if they have previous experience. Please contact us if you are not sure, we are happy to help.
Will you be doing this course again?
Yes. We do this course about once per season. Please see dates above for confirmed dates and we’ll also announce future dates on our twitter, facebook and email list.
Can I pay by installments?
Yes. You can book and pay the first installment and pay the remaining installment once the course starts.
What is the class size?
The group size is going to be limited to 16 people and is usually about 12-14 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.
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 one session over the course. If you think you’ll miss more than one sessions over the course please wait until another time to do the course. You won’t be able to do the show if you miss more than two sessions.
What if I’m running late?
You’ll get the most from the course if you’re there each week at 7pm, and this enables us to form a team over the course. If you’re likely to be late each week please don’t book the course.
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 shows.
What is the show format?
A variety scenes from audience suggestion, scenes from written suggestion and open scenes.
Can I invite people to the show?
Yes. It's free for the audience and they don't have to book in advance they just turn up on the night.
How long is the show?
Around 35-40 minutes per half, with half the group performing in one half and half in the other. We split the group in half to make sure people get lots of stage time.
Where is the show?
Shows are usually at Hoopla at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS but on busy seasons are sometimes at other venues like The Horse in Waterloo.
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