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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Piece of Cheese Description In a circle one person jumps in and stands in the shape of cheese and says “I’m a piece of cheese”. Someone else jumps in with something obvious that goes with that offer,  another person adds to it and creates a united picture. Repeat with different objects. Variation Also known as[…]

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Improv Classes with Hoopla

Synchronised Clapping Description Everyone stood in a circle. Two people next to each other turn and face and clap at the same time. One turns to the next person, and they also clap at the same time. This continues around the circle. If people clap twice it changes the direction, and people can also clap[…]

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Wise Wise Wise Description The group stands in a circle, and a word at a time they make up proverbs and wise sayings. When they think the proverb is finished the group says “wise wise wise” and bow.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv[…]

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Action and Justify Description In pairs, one improviser does a physical action. Their partner justifies what they are doing, and they agree on what has been established. Example Gerald: Puts arms above his head Susanne: We’re so ready for this synchronised dive. Gerald: Yes, I’m so happy we made it to the Olympic final. Teaching[…]

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Yes And Description Players do a scene where every sentence starts with the words “Yes and”. Teaching Purpose Gets people used to accepting offers (yes), and building on them (and). Variations A similar exercise is “That’s right Bob”, where players are selling an item on a shopping channel. Each sentence starts with “That’s right Bob”,[…]

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Yes Based Conversations Description In pairs, players have a conversation where they give each other lots of offers/statements, and say the word “yes” lots. Example Sam: Let’s go to the beach on Sunday. Wilfred: Yes, let’s take our buckets and spades. Sam: Yes that sounds great, let’s make sandcastles. Wilfred: Yes, I love building. Variations[…]

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