• 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!

covid-19 safety & booking flexibility

We have kept class sizes low to ensure 1m+ distancing can stay in place. We have also redesigned games to make sure physically-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful! We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

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:

TEvery Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 12th June 2021 with James Irving, plus show on Saturday 7th August 2021. (1 place left) BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 6th September 2021 with Jonah Fazel, plus show on Thursday 28th October 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 8th September 2021, plus show on Saturday 30th October 2021. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 25th September 2021, plus show on Saturday 20th November 2021. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 25th May 2021 with Liam Brennan, plus show on Saturday 17th July 2021. 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 Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 7th June 2021 with Liam Brennan, plus show on Thursday 5th August 2021. 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:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 2nd June 2021 with Amy Cooke-Hodgson, plus show on Saturday 24th July 2021. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • London Bridge.
  • £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

Amy Cooke-Hodgson

Amy Cooke-Hodgson

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.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam trained at UCB and iO. He performs in long-form group The Science of Living Things, narrative long-form show Fright Night, short-form group Gamez & Improv Crystal Maze and directs many of our new shows. He originally trained at the University of Kent gaining a Masters in Stand-Up Comedy, as well as joining the University’s resident short form Improv group founded by the Noise Next Door.

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

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.

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.

Jonah Fazel sq

Jonah Fazel

Jonah performs with Bumper Blyton the Improvised Enid Blyton Adventure. He is also co producer of How to Date a Magical Creature. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy. He has also trained with Keith Johnstone and Phillipe Gaulier. He can currently be seen on the award-winning CBeebies show Treasure Champs and is a series regular on BAFTA winning online comedy series History Bombs.

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

We have kept class sizes low to ensure 1m+ distancing can stay in place. We have also redesigned games to make sure physically-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful! We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

>> Safety in classes

>> Full booking flexibility

>> Improv is more fun than ever!

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