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.  […]

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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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Yeah Yeah Yeah Description In pairs, one person starts telling a story. While they’re telling the story the other person enthusiastically nods with their whole body and says “yeah yeah yeah”. They take over telling the story, adding to it, and they keep swapping. Variations Can also be played starting with “do you remember that[…]

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Story Conductor Description Team of five improviser stood in an arc, and one improviser in front of them (Story Conductor). Whoever the Story Conductor points to starts telling the story and when they point to someone else the other person takes over. Teaching Purpose Trains improvisers to listen, yes and, and play as a team.[…]

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Story Swap Description In pairs one person starts telling a story. When the director claps their hands the other person in the pair takes over telling the story. They continue swapping every time the director claps. Teaching Purpose Gets people to listen, yes and, and not think ahead/be able to drop ideas.   Subscribe to[…]

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Machine Description Half of the group stand along the back wall. The other half of the group suggest machines (e.g. washing machine, microwave, tractor) and the groups standing physically become those machines as a team. They don’t talk about it. The director gets suggestions for machines (tractor, typewriter, combine harvester etc) and the improvisers make[…]

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Character Dial-Up Description In a circle, one player says a line of dialogue with a small character quirk. They pass it to the next person, who increases the affectations by 1%. This continues around the circle, and you can add in more lines so there are several going around at once.   Subscribe to Our[…]

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What’s on your Stupid T-Shirt? Description The group stand in a circle and chant ‘what’s on your stupid T-shirt?’ A player describes what’s on the imaginary T-shirt of the person next to them. The person “wearing” that T-shirt then has to caption it. Some will be punny, others will make no sense!   Subscribe to[…]

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