online drop ins
Have some fun playing a mix of games, scenes and show formats specifically designed for zoom!
These online drop-ins are open to everyone, all levels welcome, but if you are totally new to improv you may want to start with one of our online taster days first.
As always we will create a safe, fun, friendly and supportive environment where improvisers are free to play and be themselves.
Each session will start with a chat to build the right environment, a quick guide on how to use Zoom for improv, then some fun warm ups and core skills before doing LOADS and LOADS of games, scenes and show formats for fun!
We’ve also now added some themed specials around topics like Characters, Story, Scenework and more.
Most of all the focus will be on improvising in a fun and carefree way, getting lots of practice in, and having a massive laugh!
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Our online classes have recently been recommended by The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Grazia, Chortle, The Londonist, BBC Radio 2 and more!
Sick of your flat? Wish you could get out? Try online improv classes.
Take an improv class with Hoopla to improve your creativity and help you break out of a rut. It also gives you the chance to meet new people.
Sick of your flat? Wish you could get out? Try online improv classes.
My anxiety evaporated in that room. My stage fright transformed into excitement, and I became dynamic, more spontaneous. Happier.
Always wanted to have a crack at improv comedy? With Hoopla running online now's the time.
Improv your way out of isolation with Hoopla!
The Zoom medium works surprisingly well. Our teacher, is chipper, instructive, inventive and uses zoom features to great effect.
That is our job during lockdown. To bring people together, to socialise and to have a laugh.
The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.
Hoopla's workshops are supportive and collaborative.
Epic epic epic place. Crazy fun. Took an improv course with Hoopla and it was the best ever. Don't hesitate to go there, just go!!!
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.
Hoopla’s teachers are warm and welcoming and playing in workshops is one of the most joyful, creative things a person can do.
I laughed so hard that I cried, full-on shaking with laughter, as tears streamed down my face.
The workshop really helps you internalise some of the skills we all know are important, like really listening, not dismissing others’ ideas out of hand and allowing yourself to speak up.
As a newcomer to improv, I feel so lucky to have discovered Hoopla. What a fantastic company. I just can't recommend them highly enough!! You'll genuinely laugh till you cry and stretch yourself in ways you never thought possible.
Great to instantly connect with people, drop barriers and have fun for a few hours. I felt like I was developing personally in a supportive, fun environment and that felt great. What a blast!
Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm and an attentiveness that is rarely seen in a class.
I now regularly try to make room for improv and play time in my life. It is a bright spot when I am feeling beaten down by the everyday. The three hours of laughter do wonders for my stress levels, and afterwards I sleep without a care.
This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you'll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.
Hoopla Impro is awesome. I’ve done a number of courses with them. They were fantastic and really helpful in building my love of improv and comedy as well as improving my confidence.
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all the info
Days (All times are UK, BST):
Weekdays, 7pm – 9pm.
Weekends, 2pm – 4pm.
£20 reduced to £10 while running online.
Teachers: A variety of Hoopla’s most experienced online teachers including Maeve Ryan, Steve Roe, Liam Brennan, Connor Jatter, Jonah Fazel, Monica Gaga and more! See listings below for details.
Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for Zoom will be emailed to participants one hour before the workshop.
Monday 21st September 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Jonah Fazel: BOOK
Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Short-form with Liam Brennan: BOOK
Monday 28th September 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 29th September 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Character Special with Liam Brennan: BOOK
Monday 5th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Maeve Ryan: BOOK
Tuesday 6th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Scenework with Liam Brennan: BOOK
Monday 12th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Maeve Ryan: BOOK
Tuesday 13th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Story with Maeve Ryan: BOOK
Thursday 15th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Long-form with Maeve Ryan: BOOK
Saturday 17th October 2020, 2pm – 4pm, Back to Basics with Maeve Ryan: BOOK
Monday 19th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Maeve Ryan: BOOK
Wednesday 21st October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Character with Steve Roe: BOOK
Monday 26th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 27th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Scenes with Steve Roe: BOOK
Wednesday 28th October 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Hero’s Journey Narrative Structure with Steve Roe: BOOK
Monday 2nd November 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 3rd November 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Short-Form with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Archetypes with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 17th November 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 24th November 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Spontaneity with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 1st December 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Short-Form with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 8th December 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Back to Basics with Steve Roe: BOOK
Tuesday 15th December 2020, 7pm – 9pm, Christmas Fun and Games with Steve Roe: BOOK
You can also help Hoopla out by donating to our crowdfunder campaign!
How do the online classes work?
1. Book your preferred dates on this page.
2. One hour before workshop we then email you a log-in for the zoom chat.
3. You click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat.
4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link.
5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start each session with an overview of how to use it.
Who is this suitable for?
All levels of improvisers welcome, but if you are totally new to improv you may want to start with one of our online taster days first.
Do I need previous improv experience?
No. It's pretty informal and fun with lots of games so you'll fit in fine, but if you are totally new you may want to try out an online taster day first.
What do I need to take part?
Laptop with camera and an internet connection. Laptops work better than phones or ipads.
Do I need to sign up to zoom in advance?
No. On the day of the workshop we email you with all you need for zoom.
Can I change my booking to a different date?
No. We can't currently support the admin burden and cost of changing dates. You won't be able to change dates.
How big is the class size?
10-12, smaller than our real life classes.
When do you email the zoom link to take part?
About an hour before the workshop starts.
The atmosphere in class felt safe and forgiving, made it easy to learn and have fun without feeling anxious about making mistakes or looking silly. Highly recommend!
For anyone who has ever felt shy or nervous or just wanted a little more confidence in day-to-day interactions, Improv is a skill worth having. Hoopla’s teachers are warm and welcoming and playing in workshops is one of the most joyful, creative things a person can do. Go there. Laugh. Make friends. Be awesome.
What I love so much at Hoopla, apart from the excellent teaching and encouraging welcoming classes, is the warm supportive atmosphere. Everyone is very positive and friendly and you have no fear of joining a class by yourself as everyone is usually alone but you leave feeling part of a community.
YOU GET TO BE A KID AGAIN!
Great to instantly connect with people, drop barriers and have fun for a few hours a week. I felt like I was developing personally in a supportive, fun environment and that felt great. What a blast! Great fun, great experience, great value! It's nice to have an experience like this in London.
Learned some amazing new skills that can be applied in both personal and professional lives and the funniest hours in a week I can remember!
As a newcomer to improv, I feel so lucky to have discovered Hoopla. What a fantastic company. I just can't recommend them highly enough! If you're thinking of doing an improv class, you definitely won't be disappointed.
I decided to try improv as a New Year's resolution. I couldn't have wished for a better experience. I was quickly put at ease and had so much fun that improv has become a major part of my life.
Great teaching, a really wide-ranging and immersive introduction to improv, and totally inclusive - our class was a really mixed bunch, coming from a wide range of backgrounds, and doing improv for a host of different reasons. Highly recommended for both performers just the intrigued / interested alike!