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soap opera

Perform an improvised soap opera online during lockdown. A kitchen sink drama in your actual kitchen!

This is a brand new online course from James Witt, director of Dreamweaver the improvised dream musical and This is Soap the improvised soap opera.

We’ll be forming a team over 4 weeks and improvising a selection of various soap opera styles such as Neighbours, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Dallas, Dynasty, Casualty, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Telenovela.

We’ll be exploring various soap opera techniques including emoting, melodrama, gossip, character secrets, character types, relationships, romantic scenes, affairs, love triangles, story and explosive drama!

We’ll then be putting it all together in one big fun online show of improvised soap opera!

Designed for people with previous long-form improv experience.


This course is online:

  1. Book your place on this page.
  2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you log-in for the zoom chat.
  3. You click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.
  4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link. Laptops work better than ipads and phones for improv over Zoom.
  5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.

dates, time, location

Dates: Every Tuesday for 4 weeks from Tuesday 26th May 2020, plus online show on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

Time: 7pm – 9pm each week.

Price: £115. Reduced to £95 for NHS workers or if your income has been reduced by lockdown.

Teacher: James Witt.

Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.

james witt

James is co-director of Dreamweaver Quartet, Hoopla’s most popular show.

He previously directed This is Soap the improvised soap opera at The Edinburgh Fringe.

He trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and Drama at the University of Birmingham.

He founded Dreamweaver Quartet in 2017 and has rapidly grown it to be one of London’s most popular improv shows.

Other credits include NewsRevue, Music Box, Newsical, Shakespeare for Breakfast, Story Kitchen, News Revue and hit Edinburgh show Brexit the Musical as Boris Johnson.

TV and film credits include Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The Infidel, White Teeth and Murder in Mind and also appearing as comedy idol Eric Morecambe in commercials.

In addition, James regularly teaches, performs and writes satirical short films with Hoopla.