• 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 London Bridge:

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

  • 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.
Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 13th September 2018 with Chris Mead. Performance on Saturday 10th November 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 11th September 2018 with Maria Peters. Performance on Monday 5th November 2018. FULLY BOOKED.

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 12th September 2018 with Katy Schutte. Performance on Sunday 4th November 2018. 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.

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.

Katy Schutte, improv teacher

Katy Schutte

Katy performs in award winning improv troupe The Maydays, incredible sci-fi troupe Project2, and produces and performs in Geekeasy the comedy night for nerds. She has trained at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, Upright Citizen Brigade 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.

Chris Mead, improv teacher

Chris Mead

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 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.

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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