laughing at Hoopla improv class

1 Minute Story Description A great listening exercise. In pairs, one person tells the other their life story in one minute. When the time is up the other person has to repeat the life story back, with as much detail as possible. Teaching Purpose Listening Storytelling Helps people get to know each other! Origin First[…]

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RH Experience marathon

Understudy Description Players start a scene as though it’s from a serious play. The Director shouts “understudy”, and another player takes over one of the roles. They shout “understudy” again and another player comes in.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls[…]

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Alphabet letters

Spelling Bee Description A word at a time game. Players stand in a line, and get given a made up word. They say the word together, then spell it out a letter at a time. They say the word again. They then give the definition of the word a word at a time. They repeat[…]

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Actors Nightmare

Scene Repeater Description An exercise where two players do a scene. The rest of the players watch, and then another two try and repeat the scene as exactly as possible. Repeat, each time copying the scene before.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources,[…]

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rap battle

Rap Battle Description Two improvisers get given two contrasting characters from history, or celebrities. They then get a topic from the audience and do a rap battle, the audience votes who wins!   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, casting calls for new shows[…]

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Film Dub Description Clips from movies/YouTube are projected on to the stage, with the sound off. The players dub the voices.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, improv exercises, casting calls for new shows and news about the UK improv scene please subscribe. You[…]

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Love Hearts Description Two players are rivals over an invention/achievement. They meet again years after the invention/achievement, and do a scene. They each have a packet of Love Heart sweets and throughout the scene read what the sweets say – and if they’re feeling brave, eat them. By the end the rivals will fall in[…]

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Press conference or interview on air. Microphones of different mass media, radio, tv and press prepared for conference meeting.

Am Fm Radio Description Actors go on stage and freeze in a random position. Lights go down. An am/fm radio station is selected at random by an audience member by scrolling through an old-school radio using a dial. The radio plays over the PA system of the theatre. The actors move and mouth along to[…]

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Autumn red leaf with cut heart in a hand

How We Met Description The performers get a couple from the audience on stage, and give them a bell and a horn. The players play a scene, and in each line they say something about how the couple met. If they guess correctly the couple ring the bell, if it’s wrong they honk the horn.[…]

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Henry Description This is one of those games that is a monster to explain but once you do it it’s fine. I think it’s called Henry because it’s a bit like a short-form version of a Harold. 5 actors sat on stage across the back of the stage, they stand up in pairs to play[…]

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World’s Worst Description Using audience suggestions for the “World’s worst ____”, players come up with examples. Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, improv exercises, casting calls for new shows and news about the UK improv scene please subscribe. You can also follow us on our facebook[…]

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remote rewind fast forward

Forward/Reverse Description Two players start a scene. At any point, the host may clap his/her hands and say “Reverse,” after which the players must repeat the lines they said in reverse order (the words in each line remain in the same order). At any point, the host may then say “Forward,” after which the players[…]

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