• Level 2: Performance Improv Course

performance improv course

A 6-8 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.

 

Covid-19 Safety & Flexibility

We have kept class sizes low to ensure 2 metre 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.

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real-life dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 5th June 2021, plus show on Saturday 31st July 2021. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 27th July 2021 with James Witt, plus show on Thursday 16th September 2021. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 6th September 2021, plus show on Wednesday 27th October 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 8th September 2021, plus show on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 11th September 2021, plus show on Saturday 6th November 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 2nd June 2021, plus show on Thursday 22nd July 2021. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 7th June 2021, plus show on Saturday 31st July 2021. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 26th May 2021, plus show on Saturday 17th July 2021. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends
  • Liverpool Street or Moorgate
  • £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 London Bridge:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 7th June 2021, plus show on Wednesday 4th August 2021. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 13th September 2021, plus show on Thursday 4th November 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 15th September 2021, plus show on Wednesday 10th November 2021. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • London Bridge
  • £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 Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 21st September 2021, plus show on Thursday 11th November 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 26th May 2021, plus show on Thursday 15th July 2021. SOLD OUT

  • 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.

online dates

Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 26th April 2021 with Liam Brennan, plus optional online show on Monday 7th June 2021. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 4th May 2021 with Maria Peters, plus optional online show on Tuesday 15th June 2021. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 19th May 2021 with Liam Brennan, plus optional online show on Wednesday 30th June 2021. BOOK


Every Saturday for 6 weeks from Saturday 5th June 2021 with Liam Brennan, plus optional online show on Saturday 17th July 2021. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 2nd March 2021 with Lisa Lynn, plus optional online show on Tuesday 13th April 2021. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 15th March 2021 with Conor Jatter, plus optional online show on Monday 26th April 2021. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 17th March 2021 with Chris Mead, plus optional online show on Wednesday 28th April 2021. SOLD OUT


Every Saturday for 6 weeks from Saturday 27th March 2021 with Conor Jatter, plus optional online show on Saturday 8th May 2021. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends.
  • Online with Zoom (login emailed each day)
  • £160
  • As above

How the online option works

For the online version of this course there is an end of course show of short-form games & scenes online, plus an optional free bonus back-in-real-life workshop and show once our theatre reopens!

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the workshop we will email you a log-in for the zoom chat.

3. You then click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.

4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link.

5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.

who runs the course

Maria Peters

Maria produces and performs in The Playground, Hoopla's most popular show. She trained in improv at IO Theatre and Second City in Chicago.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

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

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.

Conor Jatter

Conor Jatter

Conor has performed improv for over 10 years with The RH Experience including multiple runs at The Edinburgh Fringe. He has trained with Philippe Gaulier.

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.

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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.

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!

faqs

We have kept class sizes low to ensure 2 metre 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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