• 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 (or online during lockdown), with an end of course show of short-form games and scenes.
Currently running online.

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 (or online during lockdown) 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.

The online version of this course also now includes a bonus “back to real life workshop and jam” – when our theatre opens again in real life you will be welcomed to a free bonus workshop to do some improv in real life and also put on an optional real life show!

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online dates

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 25th August 2020 with Maeve Ryan, plus optional online show. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 26th October 2020, plus optional online show. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 17th August 2020 with Maeve Ryan, plus optional online show. SOLD OUT


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 7th July 2020 with Maeve Ryan, plus optional online show. SOLD OUT


Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 13th July 2020 with James Witt, plus optional online show. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm
  • Online with Zoom
  • £145
  • As above
£145. Reduced to £130 for NHS workers or if your income has been greatly reduced by lockdown.

The above courses are online

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you 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.

real life dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

New dates coming soon.

  • 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:

New dates coming soon.

  • 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:

New dates coming soon.

  • 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:

New dates coming soon.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • 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 London Bridge, venue 2:

New dates coming soon.

  • 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.

Covid-19 Safety & Flexibility

We have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes and shows are covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure socially-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!

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.

Stephen-Davidson

Stephen Davidson

Stephen is the Artistic Director of Improvable, QI: Queer Improv and of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He is the author of two books about improv: Play Like an Ally, and Improvising Gender.

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.

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.

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.

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 followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes are covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure socially-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful! We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

For additional FAQs please see list below: