• Level 4: Long-Form Improv Course

level 4: 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 currently fully booked. We are announcing new dates by Tuesday 8th January 2019.

This course is designed to follow on directly from our Level 3: Scenes 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 King’s Cross:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 24th January 2019 with James Witt, plus performance on Thursday 21st March 2019. FULLY BOOKED.

  • 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 Liverpool Street:

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 16th January 2019 with James Witt, plus performance on Sunday 10th March 2019. FULLY BOOKED.

  • 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 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

James Witt, improv teacher

James Witt

James performs in The Dreamweaver Quartet, one of Hoopla’s most popular shows. He has also performed in Music Box the improvised musical, improvised satire Newsical, NewsRevue and hit Edinburgh show Brexit the Musical. He is also currently co-producing Hoopla’s new online sketch show, due for release in early 2019. James trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and Drama.

Amy Cooke-Hodgson

Amy Cooke-Hodgson

Amy performs in Austentatious, one of the UK’s most successful ever improv shows with sold out performances on the West End, Edinburgh Fringe 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.

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


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



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



  • 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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