• 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 Kings Cross:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 19th January 2022 with James Irving, plus show on Friday 18th March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 24th March 2022, plus show on Thursday 19th May 2022. BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 5th April 2022, plus show on Saturday 28th May 2022. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 17th January 2022 with James Irving, plus show on Friday 11th March 2022. 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.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 22nd March 2022 with Rhiannon Vivian, plus show on Thursday 12th May 2022. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 30th March 2022, plus show on Tuesday 24th May 2022. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 31st March 2022, plus show on Thursday 26th May 2022. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 23rd May 2022, plus show on Thursday 14th July 2022. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 26th January 2022 with Susan Harrison, plus show on Wednesday 23rd March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 31st January 2022 with Conor Jatter, plus show on Thursday 24th March 2022. SOLD OUT

  • 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 Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 16th March 2022, plus show on Saturday 7th May 2022. BOOK


Every Saturday morning for 8 weeks from Saturday 11th June 2022, plus show on Saturday 6th August 2022. BOOK


Every Saturday afternoon for 8 weeks from Saturday 22nd January 2022 with Monica Gaga, plus show on Saturday 19th March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th January 2022 with Sabrina Luisi, plus show on Tuesday 8th March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 11th January 2022 with James Witt, plus show on Thursday 3rd March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 10th January 2022 with Liam Brennan, plus show on Wednesday 2nd March 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Saturday morning for 8 weeks from Saturday 15th January 2022 with Chris Mead, plus show on Saturday 12th March 2022. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays. 11am-1pm/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.

online dates

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 10th January 2022 with Maeve Ryan, plus online show on Monday 7th March 2022. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm UK time.
  • Online with Zoom.
  • £225
  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
  • 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

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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