• 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 Liverpool Street/Moorgate:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th September 2022, plus show on Friday 28th October 2022. BOOK


Every Saturday afternoon for 8 weeks from Saturday 17th September 2022, plus show on Wednesday 9th November 2022. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 16th May 2022 with Jonah Fazel, plus show on Thursday 7th July 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Saturday morning for 8 weeks from Saturday 11th June 2022 with Chris Mead, plus show on Saturday 6th August 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from 14th July 2022 with Lisa Lynn, plus show on Thursday 8th September 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.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 12th September 2022, plus show on Tuesday 8th November 2022. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 15th September 2022, plus show on Thursday 10th November 2022. BOOK


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 23rd May 2022 with James Witt, plus show on Thursday 14th July 2022. SOLD OUT


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 25th May 2022 with Liam Brennan, plus show on Monday 18th July 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 Kings Cross:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 20th September 2022, plus show on Thursday 17th November 2022. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 22nd September 2022, plus show on Saturday 19th November 2022. BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 25th May 2022 with Mandeep Singh, plus show on Saturday 16th July 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 Marylebone/Paddington:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 5th September 2022, plus show on Tuesday 25th October 2022. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm.
  • Marylebone, Paddington, Marble Arch.
  • £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 Holborn:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th September 2022, plus show on Wednesday 2nd November 2022. BOOK

  • 7pm – 9pm.
  • Holborn or Chancery Lane.
  • £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 Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th September 2022, 7pm – 9pm, plus show on Saturday 29th October 2022. BOOK


Every Saturday for 8 weeks from Saturday 10th September 2022, 2pm – 4pm, plus show on Saturday 5th November 2022. BOOK

  • As above
  • 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 Euston/King’s Cross:

Every Sunday for 8 weeks from Sunday 2nd October 2022, plus show on Thursday 24th November 2022. BOOK


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 23rd June 2022, plus show on Friday 12th August 2022 with Claudia Novati. SOLD OUT

  • 7pm – 9pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends.
  • Euston, King’s Cross, Warren 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.

online dates

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 14th June 2022 with Stephen Davidson, plus show on Wednesday 3rd August 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.

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.

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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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