• 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?

Long-form is awesome! Short-form and scenes are where you learnt how the improv car works and how to drive it. Long-form is where you now take that car on a joy ride!

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!

Long-form is one big communal acid trip, but without the drugs or risk of prosecution. Leave your work brain at home and come and play.

what's Hoopla's long-form style?

Freedom! Passion! Emotion! Play!

If you like strict structures and rules about how to do long-form, we’re not the company for you. If you like to improvise from the heart, welcome!

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!

next available dates

Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 4th June 2019 with Katy Schutte, plus performance on Thursday 1st August 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 5th June 2019 with Katy Schutte, plus performance on Thursday 1st August 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 9th September 2019, plus performance on Saturday 2nd November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 10th September 2019 with Maria Peters, plus performance on Saturday 9th November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 11th September 2019, plus performance on Wednesday 6th November 2019. BOOK NOW


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 12th September 2019, plus performance on Thursday 7th November 2019. BOOK NOW

  • 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.

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’re not going to teach you something to obey and limit you. 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

Maria Peters, improv teacher

Maria Peters

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.

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 / 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

 

Long-Form Openings

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

 

Edits

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

Connecting Scenes

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

 

Tags

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

 

Variety of great show formats

  • Life & Times
  • La Ronde
  • Montage
  • Armando
  • Commando
  • 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!
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