Theatre illustration party

How to form your own improv group Where to form a group At a course Lots of our improv courses have performances at the end and many people stick together after a course and decide to form a group, either all of the course together or a couple of like minded people in a new group. We’re[…]

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Hoopla Cartoon

Welcome to the Hoopla Improv Podcast! The podcast all about the who, what and where of improv. Each week, I’ll be chatting to some of the best improvisers from the Hoopla faculty and beyond as we explore their favourite improv exercises, top tips, behind the scenes gossip and who they would want at their dream[…]

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Hoopla audience front row

Improv (also known as Impro, Improvised Comedy or Improvisation) is the art of spontaneously acting and reacting to the other actor in the moment to create comedy or theatre from scratch. In the theatre improv usually takes the form of actors turning audience suggestions into totally spontaneous and unrehearsed scenes, games, stories and sketches. The[…]

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books

Improv Books These all support our improv classes, in fact many of them are even written by our teachers! Impro by Keith Johnstone. Impro for Storytellers by Keith Johnstone. Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern, Del Close, Kim Johnson. Improvise! by Max Dickins (Hoopla teacher and our Director of Corporate Training). Improv by John Cremer[…]

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dictionary

Here’s a list of various terms and things that pop up in Hoopla’s improv classes. There’s also some helpful things in our improv resources section including lists of exercises, games, blogs, podcasts, videos and books. A Accepting Saying “yes” to the reality presented by other performers. Doesn’t mean always literally saying “yes”, saying “no” can[…]

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Maria Peters having fun teaching an improv workshop.

Beginners Improv Exercises Here’s a list of our favourite improv exercises for people who are doing a beginners improv course with Hoopla Improv. Hoopla is the UK’s biggest improv school with online and real-life classes. Our next beginners improv course start next month, with both online and real-life options available. If you would like to[…]

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video film

These are various videos of shows, interviews and how-to guides that support the classes and courses at Hoopla Improv. And if you want to see improv live on stage come and check out a show at our improv theatre in London Bridge, where we have shows running every night of the week featuring people who[…]

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Human Chain Paper

Charity Work In 2017 and 2018 we ran charity fundraiser shows for Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Pride, Trees for Cities, Shelter and more. In 2015 we raised over £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of improviser Chris Werren, with a combination of shows, Marathons and other fundraising events. In 2015 we also raised[…]

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Guide on how to deal with difficult scenes in a supportive way. This guide goes alongside our Code of Conduct for Teachers, so please also read that. General steps to follow when supporting students: If someone has a complaint or is worried about something it is important that they are listened too and that if necessary[…]

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We are very proud of our teachers and work with them to constantly improve diversity, accessibility and support in the improv community. Our teachers not only teach people the basics of improv but also the underlying ethos of the improv community, and therefore have a great effect on the overall improv scene. Hoopla teachers should[…]

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Background to Hoopla Hoopla aim to make impro open and accessible to everyone. Hoopla aim to provide a fun, friendly, encouraging, trusting, safe and supportive environment where people can enjoy performing and watching improv. We aim to book and produce a variety of improv shows that represent the full variety of improv styles, from people[…]

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2016 Hoopla improv picnic

Background on Hoopla Hoopla aim to make impro open and accessible to everyone. Hoopla aim to provide a fun, friendly, encouraging, trusting, safe and supportive environment where people can enjoy learning, performing and watching improv. We believe that everyone from all backgrounds can enjoy learning, performing and watching improv. We aim to provide the best[…]

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