• 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 Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tue 14th January 2020, plus performance on Tuesday 10th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wed 15th January 2020, plus performance on Wednesday 11th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thu 16th January 2020, plus performance on Thursday 12th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 7th November 2019 with James Irving, with break over Christmas, plus performance on Wednesday 29th January 2020. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • 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.
New weekend options:

Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 9th November 2019, with Susan Harrison, with break over Christmas, plus performance on Saturday 1st February 2020. BOOK NOW

Exact workshop dates: 9th Nov, 16th Nov, 23rd Nov, 30th Nov, 7th Dec, 14th Dec, Break, 18th Jan, 25th Jan, show 1st Feb.


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 18th January 2020, plus performance on Monday 9th March 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 2pm – 4:30pm
  • 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 Kings Cross:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 20th January 2020, plus performance on Saturday 14th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 22nd January 2020, plus performance on Sunday 14th March 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • 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 London Bridge:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 13th January 2020, plus performance on Saturday 7th March 2020. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 15th January 2020, plus performance on Saturday 7th March 2020. BOOK NOW

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • 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, venue 2:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 20th November 2019 with Steve Roe, with break over Christmas, plus performance on Wednesday 5th February 2020. SOLD OUT

Exact workshop dates: 20th Nov, 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, 18th Dec, 15th Jan, 22nd Jan, 29th Jan and show on 5th Feb.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • 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 Liverpool Street/Brick Lane:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th November 2019 with James Irving, with break over Christmas, plus performance on Saturday 25th January 2020. SOLD OUT

Exact workshop dates: 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov, 2nd Dec, 9th Dec, 16th Dec, 13th Jan, 20th Jan and show on 25th Jan.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street.
  • £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.

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 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.

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

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

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.

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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