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A simple warm up exercise that is really good for getting improvisers connected to each other. Everyone in pairs stood opposite their partner. One of them can move however they want. The other is being their mirror image, copying their emotions, face and movements. After a couple of minutes swap over roles so the leader[…]

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This exercise is helpful for relieving nerves and for when a group is feeling too much pressure to be immediately funny. Everyone stood in one big circle. Two by two people improvise a short scene with the person next to them that is as boring as possible. The teacher helps by saying “boring boring boring”[…]

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Scenes Workshop Hoopla

This is a fantastic show game that is a crossover between short-form and long-form, and is a great exercise for introducing people to longer scenes, spotting patterns and playing with characters and relationships. One player is on stage the whole time. The audience give them a character name. The rest of the cast then play[…]

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Impro Workshop Smiling

The simplest way to start scenes is to start with agreement on one of these things: Agreement on location. Agreement on activity. Agreement on relationship. Agreement on emotion. Agreement on character. Agreement on atmosphere. As an exercise the teacher states what agreement we are looking for and the two improvisers find that agreement at the[…]

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laughing at Hoopla improv class

Two parallel lines of improvisers facing each other, so everyone is in a pair. Start at one end. Each pair has to improvise a three line scene where the characters know each other and like each other and nothing bad is happening to either of them. If the first pair achieve that you move on[…]

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George and Edgar

This is named after the first suggestion that got used in this exercise and is used in the example below. The point of this exercise is to encourage people to play obvious to the audience suggestion and get on stage without over thinking things. This can give a quick Who What Where without having to[…]

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Hands against blue sky

This is a fantastic game from Augusto Boal with additional variations from Patti Styles. Everyone in pairs, facing each other at a 2 metre distance or so. One person raises one of their hands so their palm faces the other person. The second person looks at the palm of the first person’s hand. The first[…]

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A fun exercise to help improvisers to explore their environment in scenes. Start a scene from suggestion. Before a new line is said the improvisers must establish a new object in the scene either by miming, activity or mentioning it. The teacher/director may have to remind them to put in the objects. For instance: Audience[…]

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Teaches object work on stage. Everyone sat in a circle. Four people mime an object to the person next to them. The person next to them then picks the mimed object up, uses it in a slightly different way, and then passes it on to the person next to them. When all four objects have[…]

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An exercise for establishing location/where of the scene through object and space work. Teacher gets a suggestion for a location, for example an office. First improvisers goes up and mimes one object in the office and interacts with it, for instance a photocopier, then leaves the stage. Second improviser gets up and interacts with the[…]

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A simple name game and get to know you game. Everyone in a circle. Take it in turns to say your name and your favourite life hack or little life tip. For instance “Hi everyone I’m Steve, and my life hack is to eat pak choi as it full of nutrients and fixes everything.”

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A fun way to end a workshop or rehearsal. Everyone stood in a circle. Anybody at any time says something they remembered and enjoyed about the session. Everyone else shouts “yeah” and mimes throwing that thing into a cauldron into the middle of the circle. Everyone else takes turns throwing their favourite memories into the[…]

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