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!
Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!
Hoopla's workshops are supportive and collaborative.
If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm and an attentiveness that is rarely seen in a course.
Master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
next available dates
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.
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.
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 20th September 2018 with Liam Brennan. Performance on Sunday 11th November 2018. FULLY BOOKED.
who runs the course
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 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 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-
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.
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
- Yes And
- Being obvious
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
- Sweep edits
- Swarm edits
- Introduction to long-form openings
- Monologues to inspire scenes
- Time jumps
- Narrative connections
- Thematic connections
- Game connections
- Character connections
- Discovering themes, patterns and story as you go
Is there a follow on after this course?
Oh my gosh yes! There's a whole world of advanced improv courses you can do after this one to take your improv to another dimension! We've got improvised theatre, improvised movies, improvised musicals, character, clowning and more.
How much improv experience should I have before doing this course?
Who is this suitable for?
Do I have to start at level 1 if I have previous improv experience?
No, you are welcome to start at level 2 or 3 if you have previous improv experience, we don't force people to start from scratch if they have previous experience. Please contact us if you are not sure, we are happy to help.
Will you be doing this course again?
Yes. We do this course about once per season. Please see dates above for confirmed dates and we’ll also announce future dates on our twitter, facebook and email list.
Can I pay by installments?
Yes. You can book and pay the £95 first installment and pay the remaining £100 once the course starts.
What is the class size?
The group size is going to be limited to 16 people and is usually about 12-14 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.
What if I can’t make every week?
As we’re forming a team over the course to do performances at the end it’s best not to miss more than one session over the course. If you think you’ll miss more than one sessions over the course please wait until another time to do the course. You won’t be able to do the show if you miss more than two sessions.
What if I’m running late?
You’ll get the most from the course if you’re there each week at 7pm, and this enables us to form a team over the course. If you’re likely to be late each week please don’t book the course.
Do I have to perform in the show at the end?
No. The show is optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the shows.
What is the show format?
A variety of open scenes and long-form formats, we chose formats over the course so we can adapt to the group.
Can I invite people to the show?
Yes. It's free for the audience and they don't have to book in advance they just turn up on the night.
How long is the show?
Around 35-40 minutes per half, with half the group performing in one half and half in the other. We split the group in half to make sure people get lots of stage time.
Where is the show?
Shows are usually at Hoopla at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS but on busy seasons are sometimes at other venues like The Horse in Waterloo.
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Just wanted to say how much I loved this course, it really got me passionate about improv again, trying out a completely new style. I really loved it and my friends said that the show was amazing!
We heart you! Such a fun 8 weeks and such great people! I shall be seeing you again!
My imagination has been given a serious workout this weekend with the @hooplaimpro course.
Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!
Thank you for an awesome session this eve. Haven't laughed this much on a Monday eve for years 🙂
The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.
Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!
Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's morning. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm-and an attentiveness-that is rarely seen in a course.
The workshop was just so much fun with an amazing teacher.
You really rocked it as ever, and I have heard nothing but good from the participants. Once again, thanks again for a splendid series of workshops.