• 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 a fun 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 most 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.

Performing improv live on stage for the first time is such an exciting experience and we can’t wait to introduce you to it!

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

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real-life dates

Next Available Dates in London Bridge:
London Bridge venues, see booking links below for addresses.

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 19th January 2023 with Jenny Rowe, plus show on Monday 13th March 2023. BOOK


Every Saturday morning from Saturday 28th January 2023 with Katy Schutte, plus show on Monday 20th March 2023. (4 places left) BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 21st March 2023, plus show on Friday 12th May 2023. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 22nd March 2023, plus show on Saturday 13th May 2023. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 9th May 2023, plus show on Thursday 29th June 2023. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th June 2023, plus show on Thursday 27th July 2023. BOOK


Every Saturday afternoon for 8 weeks from Saturday 3rd June 2023, plus show on Monday 24th July 2023. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 17th January 2023 with Conor Jatter, plus show on Wednesday 8th March 2023. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 18th January 2023 with Ayla Pengelly-Moore, plus show on Thursday 9th March 2023. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays. 11am – 1pm weekends.
  • London Bridge or Borough.
  • £225.
  • As above.
£225. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £125 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 16th January 2023 with Rory Vieyra, plus show on Tuesday 14th March 2023. (3 places left) BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 18th January 2023 with Jonah Fazel, plus show on Wednesday 15th March 2023. SOLD OUT


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 19th January 2023 with Jonah Fazel, plus show on Thursday 16th March 2023. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 21st March 2023, plus show on Wednesday 10th May 2023. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 23rd March 2023, plus show on Wednesday 17th May 2023. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th June 2023, plus show on Tuesday 1st August 2023. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm.
  • Kings Cross.
  • £225.
  • As above.
£225. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £125 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Shaftesbury Avenue / Tottenham Court Road:

Every Saturday morning for 8 weeks from Saturday 4th February 2023 with Mandeep Singh, plus show on Monday 27th March 2023. (1 place left) BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 5th April 2023, plus show on Thursday 25th May 2023. BOOK


Every Saturday afternoon for 8 weeks from Saturday 15th April 2023, plus show on Monday 5th June 2023. BOOK

  • Weekdays: 7pm – 9pm. Weekends: 11:30am-1:30pm / 2pm-4pm.
  • Tottenham Court Road or Holborn.
  • £225.
  • As above.
£225. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £125 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Warren Street / Euston:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 7th February 2023 with Brittany Pay, 6pm – 8pm, plus show on Wednesday 29th March 2023. (4 places left) BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 7th February 2023 with Brittany Pay, 8pm – 10pm, plus show on Monday 3rd April 2023. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th April 2023, 8pm – 10pm, plus show on Wednesday 7th June 2023. BOOK

  • As above.
  • Warren Street or Euston.
  • £225.
  • As above.
£225. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £125 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in Bank/Liverpool Street/Fenchurch Street:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 14th March 2023, plus show on Wednesday 3rd May 2023. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 8th May 2023, plus show on Monday 3rd July 2023. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 9th January 2023 with James Irving, plus show on Tuesday 28th February 2023. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 11th January 2023 with Mandeep Singh, plus show on Thursday 2nd March 2023. SOLD OUT


Every Saturday morning for 8 weeks from Saturday 14th January 2023 with Liam Brennan, plus show on Tuesday 7th March 2023. SOLD OUT


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 10th January 2023 with Lisa Lynn, plus show on Monday 6th March 2023. SOLD OUT


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 19th January 2023 with James Irving, plus show on Friday 10th March 2023. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays. 11am-1pm/2pm-4pm weekends.
  • Bank, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Aldgate.
  • £225.
  • As above.
£225. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £125 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates Online:
Online.

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 23rd January 2023 with James Witt, plus online show on Monday 20th March 2023. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm UK time.
  • Online.
  • £200.
  • As above.
£200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Maeve Ryan

Maeve Ryan

Maeve performs in and produces Ladyprov, Hoopla's regular show celebrating women in improv. She trained in Acting at The Arts Educational School.

Monica Gaga

Monica Gaga

Monica hosts Hoopla's weekend shows and performs improv in Do The Right Scene and Derek's Mojo, and sketch comedy on BBC3. She trained in Community Theatre at East 15 Drama School.

Chris Mead, improv teacher

Chris Mead

Chris performs with the award winning Maydays and Project2 improvise sci-fi. He is artistic director of The Nursery and co-founder of The Improv Place. He trained at iO in Chicago.

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Lisa Lynn

Lisa performs in Music Box and Mutiverse improvised musicals. She also directs Acaprov the improvised a capella musical. She trained in Musical Theatre and has a Drama PGCE at Masters Level.

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

Sue performs in the Olivier award winning Showstoppers the Improvised Musical, Beings, and BAFTA winning sketch show Class Dismissed.

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.

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Claudia Novati

Claudia performs with Hoopla's TheatreSports team, and is the founder and co-director of ISL - Improv as Second Language. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.

James Whittaker

James Irving

James performs in Dreamweaver Quartet, one of Hoopla's most popular improv shows. He also tours nationwide with The Impromptu Shakespeare Company and Bumper Blyton.

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
  • Getting to know each other
  • Active listening
  • Agreement
  • Yes And
  • Spontaneity
  • Commitment

 

Establishing Location

  • Introduction to Who What Where
  • Activities, actions, entrances
  • Building a physical environment
  • Object work
  • Staging to make scenes look fantastic

 

Character

  • Fun ways to create instant character
  • Emotions and reactions
  • Movement and voice
  • Using genres to inspire character
  • Status

 

Relationships

  • Identifying each other in scenes
  • Building believable relationships
  • Talking to each other about each other
  • Being truthful and honest on stage
  • Being altered
  • Cutting to the chase

Optional Modules

Adapting to the wants and needs of the group.

  • Positivity
  • Being Obvious
  • Spontaneity
  • Honesty
  • Show games intensive
  • Scene structure
  • Additional character

 

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
  • Having an AMAZING time performing on stage for the first time ever!

 

Coming up in the next level (Level 3, Scenes)

  • Longer scenes.
  • Game of the scene.
  • Scene structure.
  • Further character and relationships.
  • Spotting what a scene is about.
  • Escalating emotions and other fun things in a scene.
  • Patterns in scenes.
  • Reincorporating to find an ending

 

Most of all…….

 

Playing and having lots of fun with improv!

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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