• Level 2: Performance Improv Course

performance improv course

An 8 week improv course to gently introduce you into performing improv live on stage for the first time, with an end of course show of short-form games and scenes.

This course is designed to follow on from our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course so isn’t a massive leap, and many of the people on it will have come directly from our beginners course.

Over the course you’ll learn how to perform a show of improvised games & scenes using a mix of short-form and scene based improv techniques.

You’ll progress each week with your team of fellow improvisers, before performing in a show together at our Improv Comedy Club in front of a friendly audience.

Taught by regular performers at our Improv Comedy Club, recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, The Londonist and The Evening Standard.

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next available dates

Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 17th September 2019, plus performance on Sunday 10th November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 18th September 2019, plus performance on Sunday 10th November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 19th September 2019 with Liam Brennan, plus performance on Sunday 10th November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 4th June 2019 with Steve Roe (with guest teacher for week 2), plus show on Wednesday 24th July 2019. SOLD OUT


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 6th June 2019 with Steve Roe (with guest teacher for week 2), plus show on Tuesday 30th July 2019. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Kings Cross
  • £220
  • As above
£220. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £120 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 9th September 2019, plus performance on Tuesday 29th October 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 11th September 2019 with Liam Brennan, plus performance on Sunday 3rd November 2019. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate.
  • £220
  • As above
£220. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £120 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 23rd September 2019, plus performance on Tuesday 12th November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 10th September 2019 with Liam Brennan, plus performance on Saturday 2nd November 2019. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge
  • £220
  • As above
£220. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £120 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Brick Lane:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 10th September 2019, plus performance on Wednesday 30th October 2019. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street.
  • £220
  • As above
£220. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £120 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Sally Hodgkiss

Sally performs with Bumper Blyton, The Committee, Actor's Nightmare and Stephen Frost's Impro All Stars. She has trained at iO, UCB and Second City.

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in The Dreamweaver Quartet. He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham and Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting.

Jenny Rowe

Jenny performs with the award winning Maydays and Impromptu Shakespeare Company, and has also toured with Fluxx. She trained at Second City, Annoyance and IO Chicago.

Steve Roe

Steve Roe

Steve is the Director and co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 14 years. He has trained with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from iO, UCB & more.

Chris Mead, improv teacher

Chris Mead

Chris has studied improv at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and The Hideout in Austin, Texas. He performs with the award winning Maydays and sci-fi group Project2.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam performs in Science of Living Things, Fright Night & Improv Crystal Maze and directs many of our new shows. He has trained at UCB and iO.

Jonah Fazel

Jonah performs with Bumper Blyton the Improvised Enid Blyton Adventure. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also trained with Keith Johnstone.

Heather Urquhart

Heather performs with the award winning Maydays, Olivier award winning Showstoppers and Bumper Blyton. She has trained at iO Chicago.

what's included

Each session consists of some fun and friendly warm ups, then some exercises on some of the core skills of improvisation, followed by having some fun with performance games & scenes gradually building up to a show.

You’ll be rehearsing with the same people regularly every week so you progress together. As a committed supportive team you’ll be helping each other to perform in your first ever improv show.

The focus will be on performing as a team, with us teaching using our  experience of performing and directing improv at our venue.

We’ll be helping and encouraging you all the way to your first show. Invite your friends and family and share your love of improv.

In addition to the classes we’re always available to give further advice and have a chat about future performing possibilities. We’ll be able to advise people on things like starting their own groups, places to perform, show formats, promoting, and starting their own improv nights.

We’re even available on an ongoing basis after the course to help give support to performing improvisers and have loads of great ongoing performance opportunities for people who have done our courses.

Overall we hope to give you everything you need to get out into the world of performing for yourself, and will help kick-start you into whatever you want to do.

Improv Basics Recap

  • Teamwork and support
  • Active listening
  • Offers and agreement
  • Yes And
  • Spontaneity
  • Commitment

 

Establishing Location

  • Building a physical environment
  • Object work
  • Activities, actions, entrances
  • Staging to make scenes look cool

 

Establishing Relationship & Character

  • Identifying each other in scenes
  • Building believable relationships
  • Emotional reactions and commitment
  • Being altered
  • Talking to each other about each other
  • Being obvious and responding realistically
  • Being truthful and honest on stage
  • Fun ways to create instant character

Scene Structure

  • Performing scenes from simple suggestions
  • Who, what, where
  • Justifying and incorporating mistakes
  • Spotting what a scene is about
  • Game of the scene and patterns
  • Escalating emotions and other fun things in a scene
  • Reincorporating to find an ending

 

Show Games and Performance Skills

  • Performing a variety of great short-form games
  • Physical, verbal, character and story games
  • How to get out of pre-show nerves
  • Show rehearsals
  • Confidence and having fun with performing in front of an audience

 

Most of all…….

 

Playing and having lots of fun with improv!

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