I get asked pretty often about drop-in workshops and other places to practice improv regularly, so I thought I’d put our recommendations together into a blog. If you can’t commit to a longer course, the classic drop-in workshop is a good flexible alternative.
These tend to be for people who have already done some improv but want to practice on a flexible basis.
Here our recommendations, totally biased with our first two choices obviously!
Hoopla Mondays: These are the closest we have to a drop-in, it usually books up about a week in advance. Different theme each Monday, 7pm at Theatre Delicatessen in Farringdon. Tends to people with a bit of experience, who’ve just started impro the last year or so and want to get some practice in.
Hoopla Saturdays: Similar to our Monday workshops but lasting the whole day. Also usually books up about a week in advance, gets all levels of experience coming along.
Other Ones we Recommend
The Maydays: They do a weekly Thursday drop-in in Brighton (where I first learnt impro) and also a weekly Saturday in London which I’ve also heard is excellent.
The Nursery: Lots of regular workshops including drop ins.
Shoot from The Hip: Run a weekly impro drop in, they are an excellent show so great to learn from.
Do Not Adjust Your Stage: They’ve also started running a regular drop-in workshop, also great performers so good people to practice with.
C3Something: They are running loads of workshops now including regular drop-ins and also international guests.
The Actors’ Centre: They run some great impro sessions that are usually bookable on the day.
We Want Information: weekly impro drop in.
The Cockpit Theatre: They run Meisner Technique drop-ins.
The Actor’s Temple: Also run Meisner Technique drop-ins.
Foreign Affairs: Also run Meisner Technique drop-ins.
Duck Duck Goose: A show/jam rather than a workshop but is becoming one of the most popular places is London for new improvisers to build up experience.
The Crunchy Frog Collective: Nice website that lists loads of improv happening around the UK.
There are loads of other improv courses and classes in London but I think that’s the main drop-in style ones around at the moment, let me know if I’ve missed anything please I’ll be happy to add them on.