• Level 3: Long-Form Improv Course

long-form improv course

An 8 week course on performing longer scenes and connecting scenes together, with an end of course show of scenes and long-form formats.

This course is designed to follow on directly from our Level 2: Performance Improv Course so it isn’t a massive leap and most of the people on this course come from our performance course.

On the course you’ll learn how to make scenes longer by escalating patterns, games, themes, emotions and relationships. You’ll also learn how to connect scenes together by using edits and tags to jump through time and space. There will also be more advanced exercises on character and relationships to give scenes greater depth.

Learn to support one another as a team, to work with a group mind and create longer shows from nothing.

This course gives you all the skills needed to go on to our advanced improv courses which include a huge range of exciting formats and styles. This course is your gateway to the amazing world of long-form improv and also to our huge variety of performing opportunities!

You will need previous improv experience to do this course. If you haven’t done much improv before it’s best to start with our beginners improv course and performance improv course.

next available dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 20th November 2018 with Nick Oram, with a break over Christmas and New Year. Performance on Thursday 24th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact Workshop Dates: Tue 20th Nov, Tue 27th Nov, Tue 4th Dec, Tue 11th Dec, Tue 18th Dec, Tue 8th Jan, Tue 15th Jan, Tue 22nd Jan, Show Thu 24th January.


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 15th November 2018 with Liam Brennan, with a break over Christmas and New Year. Performance on Saturday 19th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact Workshop Dates: Thu 15th Nov, Thu 22nd Nov, Thu 29th Nov, Thu 6th Dec, Thu 13th Dec, Thu 20th Dec, Thu 10th Jan, Thu 17th Jan, Show Sat 19th Jan.


  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Liverpool Street.
  • £200
  • As above
£200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in King’s Cross:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 21st November 2018 with Amy Cooke-Hodgson, with a break over Christmas and New Year. Performance on Thursday 24th January 2019. BOOK NOW

Exact Workshop Dates: Wed 21st Nov, Wed 28th Nov, Wed 5th Dec, Wed 12th Dec, Wed 19th Dec, Wed 9th Jan, Wed 16th Jan, Wed 23rd Jan, Show Thu 24th January.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • King’s Cross.
  • £200
  • As above
£200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 20th September 2018 with Liam Brennan. Performance on Sunday 11th November 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
  • London Bridge.
  • £200
  • As above
£200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

who runs the course

Amy Cooke-Hodgson

Amy Cooke-Hodgson

Amy performs in Austentatious the Improvised Jane Austen Novel, one of the UK’s most successful ever improv shows with sold out performances on the West End, Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Square Theatre and national tour. She also performs in and directs Bumper Blyton, with sold out shows on The Edinburgh Fringe. She has also performed with the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Musical, Abandoman, The Oxford Imps and more.

Nick Oram

Nick Oram

Nick performs in long-form group Do Not Adjust Your Stage, one of the most popular shows at Hoopla. He has trained under a range of improvisers including perfomers from the IO, Second City and UCB. In 2015, Nick appeared in BBC Three’s Murder in Successville. He won the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Writing Competition in 2017 with his script Last One Left. He is also directing a new long-form house team with Hoopla.

Liam Brennan, improv teacher

Liam Brennan

Liam performs in Science of Living Things, Fright Night & Improv Crystal Maze. He directs long-form team Clusterfox. Liam is producing and directing many of our new house teams over this season. He trained at the University of Kent gaining a Masters in Stand-Up Comedy, as well as joining the University’s resident short form Improv group founded by the Noise Next Door. He has trained at UCB and iO.

Katy Schutte, improv teacher

Katy Schutte

Katy performs in award winning improv troupe The Maydays, sci-fi troupe Project2, and produces Geekeasy the comedy night for nerds. She has trained at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, UCB and Second City Chicago. She has toured with Fluxx and Baby Wants Candy, performed multiple solo shows at The Edinburgh Fringe and appeared in The London and Liverpool Improvathons. She is the author of improv book The Improviser’s Way.

what's included

We’ll be covering various long-form show formats over the course and adapt to suit the group. Please note this course focuses on free-flowing formats rather than linear narrative formats, we also do a different narrative course which is more about ongoing linear stories.

 

Core Improv Skills

  • Teamwork and support
  • Group mind
  • Listening
  • Yes And
  • Being obvious
  • Commitment
  • Spontaneity

 

Advanced Scene Work

  • Establishig scenes
  • Object and environment work
  • Game of scene
  • Patterns and themes in scenes
  • Exploring and heightening emotions
  • Ending scenes

 

Character and Relationships

  • Truth and honesty in characters
  • Finding characters through emotional choices

Tags

  • Tagging to explore other sides of a character
  • Tag-runs

 

Edits

  • Sweep edits
  • Swarm edits
  • Cut-to’s

 

Openings

  • Introduction to long-form openings
  • Monologues to inspire scenes

 

Connecting Scenes

  • Time jumps
  • Narrative connections
  • Thematic connections
  • Game connections
  • Character connections
  • Discovering themes, patterns and story as you go
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