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the deconstruction

A brand new course to Hoopla with Maria Peters!

An advanced course to learn how to perform The Deconstruction format in a fun and playful Hoopla style with Maria Peters. 8 week course with a performance at the end.

The Deconstruction is an inspiring format from Chicago where one reoccurring relationship based scene inspires an exciting variety of other scenes including thematic scenes, emotional scenes, tangential scenes, social commentary scenes, satirical scenes and more with a crescendo of quick scenes to finish. The central scene is returned to throughout the format as the show explores relationships, emotions, fun and even society as a whole!

As an improviser you get to rapidly grow your improv skills as you learn to perform totally different styles of improv all in the same show.

Performing The Deconstruction is like being in a highlights tour of the whole of improv, as different styles weave together to make one big beautiful improv quilt. It can be funny yet moving, throw away yet poignant, silly yet thought provoking, all in one show.

In addition to relationship based scenes, thematic scenes and tangential scenes you’ll also explore social commentary and satirical scenes that go deep and explore what’s happening in the world right now.

It’s like the UK’s Saturday Night Live, but made up on the spot.

Maria originally learnt this from Rachel Mason, head of advanced improvisation at Second City in Chicgo. Maria loved it so much she is bringing this format to the UK.

Only suitable for people with previous long-form improv experience. If you haven’t got previous long-form experience it’s best to do our level 3 and level 4 long-form courses first.

This course is now SOLD OUT. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list.

dates, time, location


Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 16th January 2020, with show on Sunday 8th March 2020. SOLD OUT

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.

Teacher: Maria Peters.

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

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, next to 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.


This course is now SOLD OUT. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list for future dates.

teacher Maria Peters

Maria performs in Breaking & Entering and produces The Playground, which she has grown to be one of London’s most popular improv nights.

Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and played to sell-out audiences. She has also written for BBC Radio Comedy and is a regular on the improvised podcast Destination.

Maria has performed at numerous international improv festivals including Estonia, The Netherlands, Philadelphia, Portugal & Dublin.

She has studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close.

She has also studied with Keith Johnstone, New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in Chicago.

To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 10 years in learning, training & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria believes it’s paramount to put her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having a bloody good time.


We’ll be covering a variety of topics and themes over the course, and also responding to the needs of the group.

Weeks 1 and 2:

  • Performing emotionally connected realistic scenes.
  • Spotting how to use those scenes as inspiration for the rest of the show.

Weeks 3,4,5:

  • Thematic scenes.
  • Tangential scenes.
  • Social commentary scenes.
  • Satirical scenes.
  • Improv that captures the mood of the world right now.

Weeks 6,7,8:

  • Putting it all together and practicing The Deconstruction format.
  • Forming a team to put on an awesome show.

The exact topics and themes will vary depending on the group and will be developed as the course goes on.