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sketch comedy courses

Taught by Gemma Arrowsmith, a professional comedy writer and performer on Tracey Ullman’s show on BBC 1 as well as regular Script Editor on BBC Radio's Newsjack!

If you are new to writing and performing sketch comedy we recommend starting with our Level 1: Sketch for Stage course where you learn how to write and perform sketch comedy as a team. It’s an 8 week course with a live show at the end.

You’ll be learning about different sketch types and structures, how to come up with premises for sketches, how to develop premises into amazing comedy, how to develop characters, editing sketches to find the funny and how to start your own sketch show.

At the end of the course you’ll have created a whole sketch show together as a team that you get to perform live in front of a friendly audience at our club.

No previous writing experience needed, but if you are new to acting on stage it would be best to start with our Beginners Improv Course first.

 

going pro!

If you’ve done our Level 1 Sketch Course we recommend our more advanced Level 2 Sketch Courses with options including Sketch for Radio and Sketch for TV.

Our Level 2 Sketch Courses focuses on writing professionally for TV and Radio. They are designed to give you the tools you need to become a professional comedy writer, taught by someone who already is a professional comedy writer and who works on top BBC1 Comedy Shows and script edits BBC Radio’s top comedy show for new writers.

Gemma knows her stuff!

 

join the community!

We also provide ongoing support after the course, as you’ll be part of the huge Hoopla community of writers, improvisers and actors with loads of supportive nights for you to keep performing new material and developing as a writer and comedy actor.

We even have a full-time Producer employed by Hoopla whose job it is to give our students the best ongoing performance opportunities possible and support them after courses.

Basically….. learn some helpful skills in the course, perform an amazing show that you wrote as part of a team of new friends, form a group and then get involved with regular writing and performing to keep learning as you go. Badaboom badabing!

level 1: sketch for stage

Dates: Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 9th September 2019, plus show on Wednesday 30th October 2019. SOLD OUT

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Price: £230. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £130 at the start of the course.

Teacher: Gemma Arrowsmith, with guest teacher for one week.

Workshop Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, next to 2 Finsbury Avenue (off Whitecross Place), London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

No previous writing experience needed, but if you are new to performing it would be best to start with our Beginners Improv Course first.

level 2: sketch for radio option

Dates: Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 19th September 2019. (2 places left) BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Price: £230. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £130 at the start of the course.

Teacher: Gemma Arrowsmith, with guest teacher for one week.

Workshop Location: KCBC Hall, Vernon Square, London, King’s Cross, WC1X 9EW.

Tube: King’s Cross.

level 2: sketch for TV option

New dates added soon for winter 2019/2020.

gemma arrowsmith

Gemma Arrowsmith is currently writing and performing on Tracey Ullman’s show on BBC1 and is a regular Script Editor on BBC Radio’s Newsjack.

Gemma’s “What were you wearing?” sketch for Tracey Ullman was featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Mirror, Metro and more this year with over 28,000,000 views on Facebook.

She also writes for Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

Gemma’s performing credits include Upstart Crow (BBC), Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC), Merlin (BBC), Hustle (BBC), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (BBC), Nurse (BBC), Damned – Playhouse Presents (Sky Arts), Trying Again (Sky Living), Spy (Sky1) Flashprank (MTV) and Charlie Brooker’s How TV Ruined Your Life (BBC). Gemma’s radio credits include Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 extra) Reception (BBC Radio 2) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

Gemma is sought after in the world of kids’ TV and radio, where her credits include: DNN (CBBC), Hacker Time (CBBC), Beano Town (Fun Kids Radio), Relic: Guardians of the Museum (online game, CBBC), Transmission Impossible (CBBC).

She has performed in and directed Newsrevue, is half of Mould & Arrowsmith, and is taking her new one-woman show Earthling to Brighton in May, after a very successful run at the Vaults Festival.

A winner of Fringe Report Awards’ Best Artist (2007), they declared: “The award reflects Gemma Arrowsmith’s seven-threat excellence as singer, dancer, actor, comedian, writer, impressionist and director.”

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