Level 4: Long-Form
level 4: long-form improv course
Oh my gosh, this is where things get really exciting!!! You’ve done our scenes course, or a similar amount somewhere else, now it’s time for LONG-FORM baby!!!
what is long-form?
It’s where the group unleashes their collective imagination on stage, traveling through time and space and connecting scenes together to make one amazing multi-scene show with awesome reoccurring characters, themes and patterns inspired by just one suggestion!
You want to take that cowboy from the western saloon bar and see how they behave in a posh restaurant? Do it! You want to see how the rebellious teenager behaves when they are 95? Go there! Someone mentions they are a fan of vegetables and you want to see them at a broccoli rock concert? Make it happen!
With long-form you learn how to connect scenes together, to bring characters back into other scenes, and to travel through time and space. It’s exciting stuff!
what's Hoopla's long-form style?
Freedom! Passion! Emotion! Play!
We like to improvise from the heart!
We hope to enable you and the team to form a group mind, to find the FUN together, to focus on the relationship in scenes and then explore emotional patterns and themes across the show.
To help this you’ll be learning techniques like edits, tags, openings, scene-work, how to connect scenes, how to escalate emotions, how to deepen relationships & characters, how to spot patterns and how to put this all together to form an awesome show.
We experiment and find new things together, to help us create the future of long-form improv in the UK. It’s one big spontaneous joy ride!
If you're looking for a place to push yourself out of your comfort zone in a way that's supportive, fun and outright hilarious then this is the place to do it! You'll form lifelong friends, and the skills you learn are transferable to the rest of life. Highly recommended.
The capital’s best improv. The UK’s first improv comedy club.
A welcoming place to perform, watch, learn and network. Super supportive staff and knowledgeable teachers. The least judgemental people I've ever met. I always feel at home there. I can't recommend HOOPLA enough!
Master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
Hoopla has been a lifesaver in developing all aspects of my acting career. I have found all the improv courses very versatile, innovative and challenging in the most liberating way.
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm and an attentiveness that is rarely seen in a course.
Hoopla Impro is the most fun, accepting, supportive gang you could ever wish to be part of. Huge variety of courses whether you are brand new or performing on the West End.
Hoopla's workshops are supportive and collaborative.
Could not recommend higher. What started out as a fun way to spend a few evenings and learn something new quickly became so much more. Hoopla courses and shows play host to a supportive, fun and alive community of people.
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.
next available dates
Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 13th November 2019 with Chris Mead, with break for Christmas, plus performance on Sunday 23rd January 2020. BOOK NOW
Exact workshop dates: 13th Nov, 20th Nov, 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, 18th Dec, 15th Jan, 22nd Jan, show 23rd Jan.
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 28th January 2020 with Katy Schutte, plus performance on Sunday 22nd March 2020. BOOK NOW
Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 11th November 2019 with Liam Brennan, with break for Christmas, plus performance on Sunday 26th January 2020. BOOK NOW
Exact workshop dates: 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov, 2nd Dec, 9th Dec, 16th Dec, 13th Jan, 20th Jan, show 26th Jan.
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 14th November 2019 with Nick Oram, with break for Christmas, plus performance on Sunday 26th January 2020. BOOK NOW
Exact workshop dates: 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov, 5th Dec, 12th Dec, 19th Dec, 16th Jan, 23rd Jan, show 26th Jan.
Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 10th February 2020 with Steve Roe, plus performance on Tuesday 31st March 2020. BOOK NOW
the most experienced long-form teachers in the UK
Most of our teachers have trained with iO, Second City or The Annoyance in Chicago, as well as multiple other theatres across the world.
Katy Schutte was one of the first people to bring long-form to the UK and has been teaching it full time for over 15 years! Back when the rest of us at Hoopla were improv babies Katy was traveling to Second City and iO in Chicago to learn and bring long-form to the UK for the first time.
It blew our tiny brains and basically inspired us to set up an entire company. Hoopla’s teachers Chris Mead, Maria Peters and more were then inspired to also travel the globe to soak up as much long-form as possible and inspire the UK community.
We’re excited about it and want to encourage the continued experimentation and growth of long-form in the UK.
the future of long-form
This is what we want to inspire. Long-form came from the minds of hippies in the 60s and was wrapped up with beat poets, experimental theatre and rock bands. Long-form formats were never meant to be set in stone, and that’s what we believe too.
We want to inspire you to have a life long interest in long-form and be brave and experiment and create your own shows.
ongoing performance opportunities and follow up courses
We have loads of ongoing performance opportunities that would be suitable for you after the course including house teams, help setting up your own group, nights to try out new ideas, jams twice a week and a full-time producer employed by us to help support you ongoing.
There’s also loads of exciting courses in our advanced improv section that would be the perfect level for you after the course. This is where we expand your improv horizons and inspire you with the full range of improv formats out there.
who runs the course
Rhiannon performs with award winning improv ensemble The Maydays (creators of acclaimed improvised gothic tale Happily Never After). She also performs with The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure, sings with musical groups Dreamweaver Quartet and The Concept, and performs space themed two-person improvised theatre with Sitting In A Tin Can. She trained at iO and Annoyance Theatres in Chicago and UCB in New York.
Sue performs with the Olivier award winning Showstoppers The Improvised Muscial, performing in the West End, Edinburgh Fringe and national tours. She also performs improv with Beings, Grand Theft Impro, Actor’s Nightmare and The Playground. She was a series regular for series 1 and 2 of the BAFTA nominated CBBC sketch show Definitely Not Newsround and was a series regular for series 2 and 3 of BAFTA nominated sketch show Class Dismissed, also for CBBC.
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.
Jonah performs with Bumper Blyton the Improvised Enid Blyton Adventure, including sold out runs at The Edinburgh Fringe and a UK Tour. He is also co-creator of How to Date a Magical Creature at The Vaults Festival. His television work includes the BAFTA winning History Bombs and being a Presenter and Storyteller on Treasure Champs on CBeebies. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Webber Douglas Academy and with improv legend Keith Johnstone.
Maria produces and performs in Breaking & Entering and The Playground, one of Hoopla’s most popular shows. She has studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close. She has also studied with Keith Johnstone, New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade and Chicago’s Second City. Maria is also a professional educator and has spent over 15 years in learning & development.
Steve is the Director of Hoopla. He has trained in improv with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern (iO), UCB & more. He has also trained in Clown with Mick Barnfather and Fooling with Jonathan Kay. Steve produces Hoopla’s house teams and performs in Gamez and Music Box. Steve also runs Hoopla’s corporate training workshops with clients including Google, Facebook and Accenture. He has been teaching improv for over 14 years with Hoopla.
Chris performs with the awarding winning Maydays and sci-group Project2. He has trained internationally including at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre & The Hideout in Texas. He has performed at various improv festivals internationally including Austin Texas, Norway, Barcelona and Dublin. He is the co-founder of improvised theatre company Sonder, and an Artistic Director and Trustee at The Nursery Theatre. He also hosts the YesBot podcast.
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-
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 / Level 3 Recap
- Establishing scenes
- Object and environment work
- Patterns and themes in scenes
- Exploring and heightening emotions
- Raising the FUN in scenes
- Ending scenes
Character and Relationships / Level 3 Recap
- Truth and honesty in characters
- Finding characters through emotional and physical choices
- Connecting emotionally and speaking from the heart
- Introduction to long-form openings
- Monologues to inspire scenes
- Sweep edits
- Swarm edits
- Time jumps
- Narrative connections
- Thematic connections
- Game connections
- Character connections
- Discovering themes, patterns and story as you go
- Tagging to explore other sides of a character
Variety of great show formats
- Life & Times
- La Ronde
- Living Room
In later courses (level 5):
- Exploring the full diverse range of professional improv show formats including Narrative Long-Form, Improvised Theatre, Improvised Musicals, Harolds, The Deconstruction, Commedia dell’Arte and more!
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?
You should have done our Level 1 - 3 courses or a similar amount somewhere else. Please contact us if you are not sure.
Who is this suitable for?
People who’ve done some improv or acting before and want to learn about improvising long-form. If you haven’t done any improv or acting before it’s best to start with our Level 1: Beginners Improv Course.
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 or 4 if you have previous improv experience, we don't force people to start from scratch if they have previous experience and you can start at the level that feels right for you. If you start and then want to change level that's totally ok and won't cost any extra to do, we're always happy to be flexible and help out. 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 every season, starting January, March, June and September. 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 half at time of booking and the remainder on the first week of the course.
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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Done many courses with Hoopla and they are the BEST. Most welcoming community I've been a part of and the shows are just side-splittingly good. Love what they’ve created here and so so pleased to be a part of the Hoopla following.
The class was fantastic; with is an incredibly supportive teacher, and really helped to consolidate our learning a huge variety of techniques, and lots of handy notes and tips.
Absolutely loved every course I did with Hoopla! And I love their shows too.
My improv journey began with Hoopla’s beginner course and I loved it so much I went on to do all their courses! From the start classes were super friendly and always fun. Hoopla teachers really go all out to create a space where you feel comfortable and inspired to play.