Questions Only Description Players can only speak in questions. If they stumble or make a statement another player comes in and takes over.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls for new shows and news about the UK improv scene please subscribe. You[…]

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Melodrama Description The improvisers attempt to play the most melodramatic scene possible based on a suggestion of the smallest most insignificant event from the audience.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls for new shows and news about the UK improv scene[…]

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Hoopla beginners workshop

Knife Throwing Description In a circle one person throws a “knife” to someone else. They catch the knife by clapping it in their hands, and throw it to someone else.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls for new shows and news[…]

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Copy Dance Description Split the group into groups of around 5. In 5 minutes they pick a song they all know, practice singing it and create a dance routine. After 5 minutes each group performs, and after each performance another group gets up and copies the routine they’ve just watched. Teaching Purpose Used to teach[…]

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Late for Work Description One player the room. The host gets suggestions of why they were late for work, how they got there, and what their job is. When the person re-enters they apologise to their boss, while trying to guess the reasons suggested. The rest of the improvisers play their colleagues, and mime the[…]

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Maria Monica Chloe

Zip Zap Zop Description Everyone stands in a circle. With a lot of energy the first person passes a “zip” across to someone else in the circle, that person then passes a “zap” to someone else, they pass a “zop”. Continue repeating and passing zip zap zop.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would[…]

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Xylophone Description We don’t actually know about a game called Xylophone, we just didn’t have anything to put under “X”. If you have any games please let us know!   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls for new shows and news about[…]

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Audience clapping in Hoopla workshop

3 Line Scenes Description A nice introduction to doing scenes. In two rows, people go pair by pair and do scenes with a total of three lines. Either one starts, the other responds, and the first person responds to that. The rest of the group enthusiastically applaud the pair. Variations Later on in the course[…]

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Stop, Shuffle, Walk, Drop Description Everyone walks around the room. When the director says “stop” everyone stops, if they say “drop” they drop down and touch the floor. “Walk” means they start walking, “shuffle”, they shuffle along. After a while the director stops shouting out and the group start shouting out. Then nobody shouts out,[…]

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Is There Any More? Description In pairs one person does a sound and action, their partner asks if there is any more and they say yes and increase the sound/action. Example Simon – does small sound and action Tamara – That’s great! Simon – Thank you Tamara – Is there anymore? Simon – Yes! Escalates[…]

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8 Things Description Everyone stands in a circle. Someone jumps in to the middle and is given a category. They say 8 things from that category, and after each one the rest of the group counts and supports the idea enthusiastically. They don’t need to be correct, they could be unrelated or imaginary. Example Gary[…]

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Character Bench Description Five players sit next to each other in a row. They all have the same character type, e.g. they all work on a toothbrush production line or met when they were babies. The director asks questions, and they all agree with the first answer. Answers should be real and obvious rather than[…]

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